Counting Our Way to the 100th Day!

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Join the counting fun!
It takes just a poem a day to count down to the 100th day of school!
Keep count with numbers.
Keep count with stars.
Keep count with beans
in a big glass jar.
Keep a long tally
and keep count with pins.
Keep track of how many
days there've been.
Keep count by ones.
Keep count by tens.
Keep count each day
and wait, wait, wait.
In February —

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
School Library Journal, starred review Words + math + seasons = an enchanting collection.

Publishers Weekly, starred review This book's jazzy, wholly original approach elevates basic mathematical concepts plus wordplay to the level of inspiration.

Publishers Weekly
As with their Mathematickles, Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! by Betsy Franco, illus. by Steven Salerno, collects poems and pictures that flirt with math and language. Here, 100% of the poems in this book (targeted at teachers) reference the numeral, with the idea that one poem can be read each day of school, until Day 100. Goofiness abounds, as with "Rhyming," which posits: "I listed the words/ that rhyme with `one hundred,'/ and all I came up with/ is `lightning and thundred.' " Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Franco combines her love for language and numbers in this collection that celebrates all things 100. Poems ranging in size, scope, and subject matter are decorated with Salerno's joyful gouache illustrations. Each poem works in the triple digit number, such as "100 Inches Tall" in which a girl speculates about the pros and cons of being so tall. Sometimes Franco experiments with different types of poems, such as "Haiku," comprised of four stanzas, each an independent haiku as well. "One hundred acorns/buried all over the yard-/squirrel's autumn chores." Students will enjoy sharing a special poem each day to help them count down to the 100th day of school. Pair this title with Rosemary Wells's Emily's First 100 Days of School (Hyperion, 1999) for a perfect score.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
One hundred short poems plus one hundred jazzy illustrations add up to a satisfying whole in this poetry collection aimed at elementary-school children celebrating the one-hundredth day of class. The subject matter of the bouncy, humorous poems includes an amazing variety of math concepts as well as a sprinkling of science, history, language arts, and even a recipe, all relating to 100 in some way. Many of the poems are math problems in disguise, but delivered with a light touch that incorporates curriculum concepts with deft skill. A few of the poems stumble a little in their meter or have slightly skewed rhyming pairs, but the overall effort will find a favored place in hundreds of classrooms. Salerno's bright gouache paintings include 100 smiling children on the cover and all sorts of funny animals and situations. His accurate illustrations of 100 items can actually be counted by sharp-eyed kids: yes, there really are 100 spots on that lime-green, polka-dot gecko. Teachers will think of dozens of ways to use this collection, not only on the hundredth day of school, but on all the other days as well. (Poetry. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689847936
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,365,953
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Franco is the author of numerous books for children, including Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! and Mathematickles!, both illustrated by Steven Salerno; and Birdsongs, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. She and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. They have three sons — two actors and a sculptor. Visit Betsy's website at

Steven Salerno lives in New York City, where he is an illustrator for magazines and advertising as well as children's books, including The Dirty Little Boy by Margaret Wise Brown.

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Table of Contents


1. On Our Way to the One Hundredth Day

2. Directions for Making 100

3. Things That Can Come in 100

4. All Year Long

5. 100 Picnic Pests

6. All Our Names

7. 100 Cats' Eyes

8. One hundred little tiny ants

9. Raindrop Races

10. Dandelions

11. Hey, Look!

12. Polka-Dots

13. Quiet and Noisy

14. Rainbow Toes

15. Just Wondering

16. Billy Crawford-Silver

17. Nibble Numbers

18. A Size Surprise

19. Patchwork Quilt

20. One

21. It's Lucky

22. Hide-and-Seek

23. Hats

24. If "100" Were a Monster

25. Fish Tanks

26. Potatoes

27. Recipe

28. Rest Stop

29. Laughing

30. Say this poem fast or slow

31. A Dillar, A Dollar

32. 100 Musical Notes

33. At the Beach

34. Which Weighs More?

35. Bug Parade

36. 100 Spots

37. One Hundred Sparklers

38. One hundred watermelon seeds

39. 100 Little Letters

40. 100 Buzzing Bugs

41. 100 Grows

42. Early Morning on the Farm

43. Which Would You Rather Do?

44. Rhyming

45. The All-Star Grizzly Band

46. Very Long Animals

47. Young and Old

48. Talley's Tallies

49. Words Inside "OneHundred"

50. Counting Sheep

51. Janimals

52. Under My Bed

53. Mystery Animal

54. My 100th Sandwich

55. Backward

56. 100 Degrees

57. One Hundred Puddles

58. 100 Is Famous

59. When Beep Got Lost

60. I Bet

61. 100 Inches Tall

62. Ostriches

63. Counting Tricks

64. Counting to the 100th Day of School

65. Families

66. Magnifying Glasses

67. $100

68. Buried Treasure

69. Paper Loops

70. Fancy Shmancy Stamps

71. Sidewalk Squares

72. One Hundred Years

73. One Hundred's My Favorite Number

74. Baby Spiders

75. Moo, Zoo, Loopty-Loo

76. How We Made 100

77. A Hundred Pounds

78. Day One Hundredand One

79. Haiku

80. When I'm 100

81. Estimating Chicken Pox

82. Centipede

83. 100 "Naaa"ing Goats

84. My Cousin

85. A Century

86. Great-Grandpa

87. Balancing

88. Cass's Coins

89. Pancakes

90. Snowflakes

91. Schools of Fish, etc

92. Pictures from "100"

93. Monarch Butterflies

94. Snowball Fight

95. High-Five Banner

96. 100 Hearts

97. Collections of 100

98. 100 B-Day E-mails

99. Chinese New Year

100. The Hundredth Day of School

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