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When It's the Last Day Of School Hardcover – March 30, 2004


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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-James is determined to be on his best behavior on the last day of school. Filled with exuberance, he bounces from page to page, offering a litany of things that he will do differently: "I'll get my drink at the drinking fountain 1, 2, 3 and not spit the water back out because it's warm." He hopes to impress Mrs. Bremwood and receive "the last gold star sticker for the year." At lunch, he'll "thank the lady who always smiles at me, and even the one with the grumpy face, and I'll tell them that it's a good lunch, even if it's not." After receiving a hug from his teacher, James literally explodes off the final page, ready for a long, hot summer of frolicking with his friends. The boy and his classmates are depicted in orange, sepia-based tones that give the book a feeling of times past, though the action in the bold oil paintings keeps the story rooted in the present. Use this title to supplement Mark Teague's How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Knopf, 1997).-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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K-Gr. 2. James imagines the last day of school, when he'll do everything right for a change. He won't talk to Tony in class or smash his milk carton at lunch or show off his ability to talk and burp at the same time. He will thank the lady in the lunch line, do his work on time, and earn his teacher's final gold star sticker of the year. "And then . . . And then . . . I'll EXPLODE!!!!" The last two words of the book sound a bit alarming, but the illustration of James ecstatically catapulting out of school makes the meaning clear. James speaks for the many children who want to do things right in school but find it hard to settle down. With a stylized, retro look, the expressive illustrations feature simplified shapes, well-defined compositions, and the rhythm of repeated forms. Useful for those end-of-the-year teacher requests. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399234985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399234989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Maribeth Boelts lives in Iowa with her family and has been writing for children for almost 20 years. Her most recent titles, "Those Shoes" and "Before You Were Mine" have won a number of awards. Her picture book, "Happy Like Soccer" was published May, 2012, and another picture book is forthcoming from Candlewick Press. A former teacher, Maribeth enjoys meeting and encouraging kids to read and write. "It is, in equal parts, an enthralling and confusing quest trying to crack the code on what makes a child pull a book off the shelf and continue turning the page. Figuring out what makes that same child laugh, feel understood or inspired is what keeps this career so interesting. I am grateful for every reader."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book! Well written and entertaining, it holds the readers' attention right up to the end. And what a sweet ending. My 6 year old son and I both loved it so much we gave it to his kindrgarten teacher, who read it on the last day of school. The whole class loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on June 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my four and five year old preschool class on our "last day of school party". It was a big hit! I thought the text of the book captured the EXACT feelings of those children who were SO ready for summer to be there. At the same time, it gently and subtly reinforced the idea that they needed to continue to control themselves and follow the rules. Wonderful, colorful, interesting pictures. An all-around FUN but educational book that I would HIGHLY reccomend for any teacher or parent facing the "end of the year wiggles".
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By RKN on April 30, 2015
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Super book to read to second graders at the end of the school year.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tdktm5 on June 3, 2014
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Unfortunately there were some pages missing from the middle so it didn't read smoothly. Otherwise satisfied with the transaction .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hilary N Henderson on April 11, 2014
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When I opened to look through the book, there was a page missing. Don't think that fits a "good" description.
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