Jake is excited. His class is getting ready for the 100th day of school, and Jake is eager to share his 100th day project with his teacher, Mr. Thompson, and his classmates. He's made a book of memories with 100 family photographs in it. Jake is devastated when he inadvertently leaves his project home. When he gets to school and sees all the other kids with their projects, he feels so terrible he begins to cry. The principal, Mrs. Wadsworth, helps him to consider his options. There is no one at home who can bring him his project. His parents are at work and his Grandma Maggie isn't home because she getting ready to visit Jake's class with a "superrific surprise." After discussion and help from Mrs. Wadsworth, Jake makes a new 100th day project, a display of 100 children's books from the principal's bookshelves, and takes it to class on a book cart where he joins in the 100th day festivities.
When Jake's Grandma Maggie visits, she brings the "superrific surprise" she promised. It's her Aunt Lulu, who is 100 years old, and the boys and girls are thrilled to meet her. After a bad start, Jake has a good day, especially when he gets a great idea; he takes a picture of his grandmother and Aunt Lulu in front of his 100 books display and adds it to his book of memories. On the 101st day of school, he shares his book of memories, with 101 family photos in it, with his classmates. In this children's picture book, author Lester L. Laminack does a nice job of showing how a child handles disappointment successfully, with the help of caring adults and his own initiative. The lively and humorous illustrations by Judy Love are a delight. This would be a good read aloud in a first to third grade classroom. (Peachtree Publishers, 2008. ISBN: 9781561454631)