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Biography: First Day of School

First Day of School

5:00
Oh man, it was only five o'clock in the morning. Today was a big day I was both excited and scared. It had been three months since we had moved from Mexico to the United States. I was still adapting in my new surroundings but I was excited to go to school. I rushed to my parent's room, waking them up to take me to school.
"Not, in two more hours," they said sleepily. But I could not go back to sleep. I got my clothes ready and played with my toys. Finally mom made breakfast and I quickly ate it ready to go to school. Our house was only three blocks away from school so mom decided to walk me there. When we arrived I was many other kids too and wondered how many friends I was going to make. We finally arrived in my classroom. My teacher had a friendly face and greeted me with a smile. The classroom was full of color, there was a sandbox in the corner, a playhouse and many books to read. I quickly sat on the squared mat ready for my day to begi…
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Image: Hare by Pixabay
Bibliography: Eastern Stories and Legends by Marie L. Shedlock

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Bibliography: Eastern Stories and Legends by Marie L. Shedlock
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Bibliography: Eastern Stories and Legendsby Marie L. Shedlock
Image: Elephant from Huffington Post

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