Friday, March 8, 2013

Jake's 100th Day of School by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Judy Love ~ Giveaway

About Book

What will Jake do when he forgets to bring the special collection he's going to share at the celebration of the 100th day of school?

Jake and his fellow students are getting ready for a celebration. Tomorrow is the 100th day of school and everyone is going to share their collections of 100 things.

The day of the celebration arrives. Jake's friend Henry brings 100 bottle caps and Emily brings 100 paper clips. But Jake forgets the 100 family pictures he has glued into a special memory book at home. Disaster!

The problem is solved thanks to Jake's ingenuity and the sensitivity of his wonderful principal, Mrs. Wadsworth. He does have a collection to display that day… and something special to share with the class on the 101st day of school.

Lester Laminack's well-crafted story shows schools in their best light and Judy Love's charming illustrations brightly capture the excitement of a busy school day.

ISBN-13: 9781561453559
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Pages: 32
Age range: 4 - 8 Years
Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes&Noble

About Author

Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children's literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina.
You can visit Lester L. Laminack’s website here.
About Illustrator
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Judy Love is the illustrator of several books for children, including The Witch Who Wanted to Be a Princess, a 2003 IRA/CBC Children's Choice; Jake's 100th Day of School; Kelvin and the Not-Laughing LessonsFirst Grade Jitters; and First Day Jitters. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Massachusetts

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My Thoughts

Today is a special day for Jake and the rest of his classmates. They will celebrate their 100th day of school, each student creating a collection  that add up to 100 objects to bring to display in class.  Jake was in such a rush to get out the door and on the bus, headed for school, that he left something very important behind.  When he saw his friends with there projects he knew he did not grab his backpack which had his album of 100 memorable photos.  His grandmother is suppose to bring a surprise to his class but it would be too late to get her to bring his backpack.  He thought this would not be a fun day for him.

When he arrived at school the principal noticed that Jake was in tears.  He explained his problem and then she took him to her office and they created a new collection.  He was so relieved and they headed to his classroom to put his collection on display. The day was a big success and  all the collections were very inventive and imaginative on behalf of the students.  Will he get to share his photo collection he forgot at home?  He went to a lot of work, but he enjoyable experience.  It all worked out in the end.

The author writes a fun story of celebrating the 100th day of school.  The story teaches the children camaraderie, a math lesson in counting, imagination, and how to have fun while learning.  Also, to never give up, always persevere! The illustrator took the author's story and created some very cute characters. Two of the character illustrations that I really thought stood out were, the little girl with 100 beads in her hair and Aunt Lula,  they were so endearing! This is a book I know children will enjoy to read over and over again.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.

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  1. Thank you!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful story! Poor Jake, I could imagine how flustered he must have been. I can't enter the giveaway because I'm not in the U.S., but I'll tweet about this for sure!

    1. Sorry about that! Thanks for tweeting about the giveaway and leaving a comment. Hope all is well with you!


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