My First Day

My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên is a visual feast, with sweeping illustrations that match the emotional mood of the story. My First Day chronicles An, a young Vietnamese child living in the Mekong Delta, as he navigates his commute to school by himself for the first time. An’s journey is by wooden boat, through the darkness of the jungle and under the brightness of the sky, and his travels are both literal and figurative, fantastical and ordinary. This is a gorgeous book, with additional information at the end about life in the Mekong delta.