Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Happy 100th Day! Written by Susan Milord and illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma. Scholastic, 2011. $19.99 ages 5 and up
I have to read one hundred books.
This is going to be a disaster."
There are a few things that Graham doesn't like...school, reading, and now he's not too keen on the 100th Day celebrations. What he does love is the classroom birthday party. Guess what? His birthday is on the same day as the 100th Day party.
He is sure that everyone will be so excited about the math bash that they will totally forget it's his special day, too. As Graham and his classmates look ahead to that day, there are many activities that occupy their time. Miss Currier loves the anticipation and encourages all of her students to do their best as they prepare. Along the way, other students celebrate their birthdays at school with great fanfare:
"Jack's new puppy came to school today for his birthday.
Miss Currier passed out cookies shaped like doggy biscuits.
She sure knows how to make parties fun.
Too bad I'll miss out on mine."
When the day finally arrives, it's full-out fun from the time the children enter the classroom. Every minute of the day is spent counting to 100 by sharing projects, skipping at recess, making snowflakes, and even creating self-portraits:
"For my self-portrait, I used forty pink sequins, twenty-six pasta shapes, two blue buttons, eleven split peas, twelve fuzzy balls, and nine pieces of straw."
You know what kids are going to do, right? Do 42 + 26 + 2 + 11 + 12 + 9 = 100? The best part of it all is that they can look to the multimedia artwork on the facing page and check it out, if their mental math fails them. And you can bet they will be making sure that the artist has used exactly what is described. What fun is that?
And oh, the artwork...such encouragement for readers to practice counting to 100! There are 17 w(well actually 18) opportunities for them to do just that. A list on the back endpapers remind them to make sure that they have checked them all. And don't forget to find all the numbers from 1-100 on the endpapers themselves. Now, that's a math blast!