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Jake's 100th Day of School Paperback – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; Rep Ill edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156145463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561454631
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–Everyone in Mr. Thompsons class has been busily preparing for the 100th day of school, assembling collections of bottle caps, buttons, paper clips, etc. Jake has been working on a scrapbook with 100 pictures of his family, but is so excited when the big day comes that he forgets his book bag with his album in it. An understanding principal helps him assemble a second collection, and when his Grandma Maggie arrives with her 100-year-old Aunt Lula, the day becomes superific. Laminacks writing is, for the most part, clear and straightforward, although there is some strained imagery at times (her voice was softer than a pillow, the sound of it swooshed across the room like wind on the playground). Loves energetic ink-and-watercolor illustrations feature an ethnically diverse classroom with lots of whimsical details as 100 marbles bounce from overloaded plastic bags and paper airplanes whizz through the hallways. This particular spread is doubly effective as the principals attention is directed not toward the chaos, but rather toward the child who stands alone. Pair this with Margery Cuylers 100th Day Worries (S & S, 2000), where the issue is similarly resolved by understanding family and school staff.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gr. 1-3. To celebrate the 100th day of school, everyone is bringing collections of 100 things, but Jake is so excited that he leaves home without his book of 100 family photos. His principal steps in to help him create a brand new collection--100 books. Then the class gets a surprise guest: Jake's grandma Maggie brings her aunt Lula, who is 100 years old. A wordy text is balanced by a simple vocabulary, and children will be intrigued by the diverse collections--ranging from paper clips to signatures to cookies--while learning a few math shortcuts (counting by tens) in the bargain. Love's richly realistic, abundantly detailed pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations spill across the pages, picturing African American Jake and his multicultural class relishing the excitement and chaos of the day. Kids will want to bring in their own 100th-day collections. Shelle Rosenfeld
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on April 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Your kids will adore this book and its young hero. Jake is the kind of kid who tugs at your heart. He forgets his 100th-Day project, and that's where the fun begins.

This is a story of kindness and love ... but I don't want to give the plot away, so ... see for yourself. You'll love it as much as I do, I'm sure.

Fine description from an author who really understands what kids like to read. And the illustrations are fantastic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Lester L. Laminack's JAKE'S 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL receives Judy Love's drawings and tells of the surprises being planned for the 100th day of school. Jake's planning on showing off his big project of 100 photos - but when the day arrives he rushes out without his project. Can he participate when he's forgotten the best idea of all? Kids in grades 3-4 will relate to the story and will applaud the surprise ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.

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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By LKC on February 27, 2013
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Great quality and arrived quickly...in time for our 100th day of school. 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don on November 3, 2010
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This book is age appropriate for 1st graders since we usually collect 100 items for the 100th day of school. It demonstrates how sometimes, though, it is forgotten until too late.
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