It's Danbi's first day at an American school, and she's excited to play with her classmates. But Danbi doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she doesn't give up, leading everyone on a parade to remember!
Welcome to brightly story time, I’m Miss Linden. Today we're going to read about a little girl's first day at her new school it's called “Danbi leads the school parade by Anna Kim.” On the first day of my new school in America, my heart beat: Boom. Boom. Mama held me and whispered, "Listen to your teacher and eat your lunch." I said, "Don’t worry, Mama, I’ll be good today! And I walked through the big red door. Boom. Boom. Everyone stared. But I didn't blink. The teacher handed me a marker, but I wasn't sure why. Boom. Boom. So I wrote my name, "Danbi,” in perfect straight lines. It means "sweet rain" in Korean. But no one knew that here. When the music started, I tried dances I’d never seen, and games I didn't know. I tried, and tried, and tried again. But no one played with me. Clap. Clap. The teacher said something, and everyone pulled out their lunches. That I knew how to do! Yams in honey, crystal dumplings, sweet and sour mini skewers rainbow drops, and half-moon rice cakes dipped in sweet sesame! All my favorites! "Wow!” everyone cried. The girl with pigtails looked and looked, so I gave her a rainbow drop .Uh- oh! This wasn't working! So I showed her how it's done… Everyone wanted to try it, too. Click- clack. Click –clack. That gave me an idea! I tapped my lunchbox Ting! She tapped her juice box. Ding! And then...it got a little wild Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Let’s have a parade! We took over the classroom…and the playground. Wheeee! I had a feeling I might like it here. At the end of the day, I pointed to my nose and said, "Danbi.” She put her hand on her chest and said, "I’m Nelly.” Nelly showed me how to write my name in big round letters. And together, we wrote our names on our cubbies. That night, I told Mama, "I made a new friend! We'll play again tomorrow! ” She smiled her big smile. On the fog of the window, I wrote my name. Soft and round, with a dot just above one straight line. I hope you all will remember to always be kind and welcoming to someone new even if they seem different to you just like Danbi. They could be a fun new friend. Come back again to read more stories together anytime you like or find more books to read yourself at readbrightly.com bye
1. How did Danbi lead the school parade?
2. What does “Danbi” mean in Korean?
3. What is the moral lesson of the story?