IntroductionThese children's picture books are all about the first 100 days of school, including the first 100 days of kindergarten and 100th day celebrations in kindergarten and elementary school. They emphasize numbers and 100th day activities and projects.
Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of KindergartenIt's the day before the 100th day of kindergarten, and Miss Bindergarten reminds her students, "tomorrow all of you must bring 100 of some wonderful, one-hundred-full thing!" While the rhythm and rhyme of the text by Joseph Slate is very appealing, it is the illustrations by Ashley Wolff that make this book a winner.
While I am not always that fond of books in which all of the adults and children in a story are portrayed by animals, this one is different. Each of the characters in the story, from the teacher Miss Bindergarten, a border collie, to kindergarten student Lenny, a lion, is drawn with lots of detail and expression. In fact, every page is filled with colorful illustrations that are full of interesting details.
Each kindergartener's name begins with a different letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. With rhyming text, the story details, in alphabetical order, each child's preparations for the 100th day. Interspersed is the refrain, "Miss Bindergarten gets ready for the 100th day of kindergarten" and an illustration of Miss Binergarten busy with preparations.
The story ends with the class members sharing their 100th day projects and enjoying their 100th day celebration. At the end of the book, there's an added bonus for curious adults: a brief history of the origin of the 100 days celebration. Not surprisingly, Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten is very popular with three- to five-year-olds. (Puffin, Penguin, 1998. ISBN: 9780142500057)