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Happy 100th Day!

Happy 100th Day!

Spring 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Susan Milord
Illustrator: Mary Newell DePalma
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0439882811
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Many kindergarten and first grade classrooms celebrate the 100th day of school. While this can be an exciting day, Graham, the little boy in Susan Milord’s new picture book, isn’t excited. He simply doesn’t like school. In fact, he hates it, and his struggle with learning to read is the reason why. Milord captures young children’s ambivalence about starting school, and effectively depicts Graham’s gradual adjustment to kindergarten. As Graham gains confidence in his work, he even starts to look forward to the 100th Day party. Mary Newell DePalma’s illustrations are bright and cheerful, and each set of pages includes 100 of an item for children and parents to count together. This is a fun way to help a child anticipate his or her own 100th day of school.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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