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Emily's Whirlwind First Day

Emily the elephant was excited and scared. 'A mix of feelings!' her mom declared. With her big blue backpack, she was all prepared, for her very first day at school.

An elephant named An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared wearing a big blue backpack, looking both excited and scared, standing at the doorway of a colorful, cartoonish elementary school.

Her heart went thump, her feet went stomp. 'Let's go!' said Mom with a cheery romp. The school was big, the doors were wide, and Emily felt funny inside.

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared the elephant with her mom, walking towards the entrance of a big and colorful elementary school with wide doors; An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared's heart thumping with excitement.

She met Miss Whiskers, the fluffy cat. 'Hello, Emily!' What a chit-chat! With whiskers twitching, 'Don’t feel flat, in this great new world of school!'

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared meeting A friendly, fluffy cat teacher with twitching whiskers, cheerful and welcoming, a fluffy cat teacher, who is smiling and chatting with An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared in a bright, cheerful classroom decorated with posters and children's artwork.

Books and crayons, with a clatter and clink. So many colors! What did she think? 'I think,' said Emily, 'That school’s a dream, with colors flowing in a vivid stream.'

Classroom with colorful books and crayons scattered on tables, and An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared the elephant marveling at the vibrant surroundings with a thoughtful expression.

At recess, she met Harry the hare, hopping around without a care. 'Follow me!' he said with flair. To the playground full of fun!

A lively, carefree hare hopping around the playground the hare, a friendly rabbit, hopping around the playground, inviting An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared to join, with swings, slides, and other playground equipment in the background.

They played on swings and slides that shine. 'Weee!' said Emily, 'Oh, this is fine!' With every push and climb in line, she forgot her worries, one at a time.

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared happily playing on the swings and slides with A lively, carefree hare hopping around the playground the hare on the school playground, both laughing and having fun under the sun.

In class, they sang the alphabet song. 'A, B, C, won't take long!' With every letter, she felt strong, like she already belonged.

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared and her classmates joyfully singing the alphabet song in a vibrant, lively classroom with the teacher, A friendly, fluffy cat teacher with twitching whiskers, cheerful and welcoming, guiding them.

Crunch! went lunch. She had a feast. Sandwiches and fruits, even a piece. A lion shared his juice, named Maurice, and instantly, they became fast friends.

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared and a lion named A gentle lion who shares his juice and becomes fast friends with Emily sharing lunch at a colorful cafeteria, with an array of sandwiches, fruits, and juice boxes on the table.

The final bell gave a ring-a-ling. The school day ended with a happy zing! Emily waved, feeling like a king of her new, big school world.

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared waving goodbye to her friends and teachers as she leaves the school for the day, a look of satisfaction and happiness on her face.

Mom asked, 'How was your day, dear?' Emily smiled, ear to ear. 'Full of fun and not a tear! Can’t wait to go back tomorrow!'

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared talking to her mom about her first day at school while they walk home; An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared's face beaming with a bright smile, it’s clear she had a great day.

In bed, she dreamed of letters and rhyme. New friends and stories, all sublime. 'I love school!' she said, just in time, for a wish upon a star to chime.

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared in bed, dreaming of her fantastic day at school, with stars and dreamy images of letters, friends, and stories floating around her.

So if you’re scared on that first day, think of Emily and her play. School’s a place for joy, hooray! Let's pack our bags without delay!

An elephant child named Emily with a big blue backpack, looks both excited and scared encouraging other kids to enjoy their first day of school, with a bright and colorful background showing school elements like books, crayons, and smiling friends.

Reflection Questions

  • Why was Emily both excited and scared about her first day of school?
  • How did playing with Harry the hare help Emily feel better?
  • What can you do if you ever feel nervous about starting something new like Emily did?

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