Emily's First 100 Days of School

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Emily is ready for her first day of school. There's so much to do: learning the alphabet, singing, reading books, dancing, and counting, starting with the very first day. One hundred days feels very far away, but day by day, Emily and her classmates see they're getting closer. And as the lessons they learn begin to add up, their world expands. Chock-full of surprising discoveries, age-appropriate activities, and plenty of humor, Emily's First 100 Days of School supports growing skills in reading, writing, and ...
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Overview

Emily is ready for her first day of school. There's so much to do: learning the alphabet, singing, reading books, dancing, and counting, starting with the very first day. One hundred days feels very far away, but day by day, Emily and her classmates see they're getting closer. And as the lessons they learn begin to add up, their world expands. Chock-full of surprising discoveries, age-appropriate activities, and plenty of humor, Emily's First 100 Days of School supports growing skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic, with an emphasis on math skills.

Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways.

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Editorial Reviews

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Celebrate the joy of learning! Explore the world of numbers with an adorable little bunny named Emily -- the star of this big, bright, fun-to-read book. Starting with "1" for the first day of school, Emily's daily experiences -- at home, school, and with friends of all kinds -- demonstrate the numbers up to 100. Packed with surprising discoveries, age-appropriate activities, and lots of humor, this delightful book will engage kids with its clever and fresh approach to reading, writing, and arithmetic. In sum...it all adds up to fun!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Wells's (My Very First Mother Goose) sparkling, ambitious book opens, Emily--a childlike bunny who could easily be kin to Max and Ruby--attends her first day of school. Her teacher, a guinea pig named Miss Cribbage, explains that every morning the class will "make a new number friend," and she promises a party when they reach 100 days. "No one believes we will ever get to one hundred days," says Emily. Wells not only counts the intervening days, she finds a context to make each numeral meaningful. On day two, for example, Emily reports that Miss Cribbage teaches the song "Tea for Two." Along the way, readers observe Emily participate in her warm family life, gain and lose a friend and learn from Miss Cribbage's imaginative lessons. Humor comes naturally (e.g., day 89: "`There are only eighty-nine calories in my tomato soup,' says Aunt Mim. `I can't see any,' says [Emily's little brother] Leo"). Remarkably, only a few entries feel contrived (Papa claims there are 51 reasons why Emily's big sister can't go into the city with her friends; Mama says she can find 56 ways to answer "How Do I Love Thee?"). The spreads, varying from full-page art to panels, are crisp, colorful and winningly detailed, as Wells's fans have come to expect. Except for some production flaws--such as the misspelled "ninteen" and several stylistic inconsistencies--this oversize volume scores big. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From The Critics
Join Emily as she celebrates her hundredth day in elementary school. This great counting book with bright illustrations shows Emily as she learns the alphabet, sings, reads, and dances. The importance of how a community nurtures a child's development is highlighted as Emily learns to appreciate her family, friends, neighbors, and teachers. A great book for group reading and a great resource for teachers. 2000, Hyperion, $16.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: D. Cannon SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Emily's First 100 Days of School tells the simple story of Emily and her kindergarten classmates who count and prepare for a party on their one hundredth day of attending school. While there is no direct plot, the counting and repetition will help reinforce learning numbers to young viewers. The visuals are presented in a Sesame Street—style format as numbers and complementing visuals dance across the television screen. (There's even a consistent ticker advertising the number being discussed.) With a simple background and cutout paper doll-like images, balanced by lively background music, Weston Woods's production merges Pixar's style with television animation—much like a vidlit. Running thirty-six minutes in length, it is a bit pricy, but includes teaching tools and viewing activities to use in the classroom. The DVD also offers English subtitles, making it an excellent resource for teachers whose students are beginning to learn English as a second language. Narrated by Diana Canova, it is based on the picture book of the same title.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A fresh approach to a standard topic-counting. What makes this title so special is that it focuses on the 99 days in between the first day of school and the 100th day. "On the first day of school I leave my mama's arms. I am too excited to cry," says Emily. Her teacher, Miss Cribbage, has the children create their own number books. "When we reach one hundred days we will have a big party." Readers are then introduced to Emily's family and friends, who help her fill her number book with warm memories and solid learning. Wells alternates between Emily's home and school life seamlessly, providing a wonderful example of how families-not just parents-are the first teachers and how they can supplement classroom education throughout childhood. Emily learns the number 68 when "Grandpa brings home sixty-eight tulip bulbs." Her father says, "I have ninety-five things to do-But the most important thing is reading you your story." When the big day finally does arrive, everyone in the class shows Miss Cribbage the fabulous things they can do to celebrate the number 100. The format is varied, alternating between large and small fonts, full-page art with fanciful borders and pages with up to four separate panels, stark white backdrops and warm-hued pastel shadings. There are many books that celebrate the 100th day of school, but this one scores a perfect 100.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Wells (Yoko, 1998, etc.) makes numbers fun and relevant to daily life in this longer than usual picture book. Emily's teacher promises that her class will have a special celebration on the 100th day of school. Every day the children write a new number in their number books and Emily includes it in a story. Those one- or two-sentence stories tell about Emily's lessons in school, the antics of her friends and family, and her thoughts and feelings as she lives through these hundred days. Each of the little stories says a lot in a few words: "Eloise is thirteen years old. She thinks she knows everything." Some stories have specific references that children may not know, but Wells gives them context through the illustrations. For the number sixteen, grandpa and grandma play "Sixteen Tons" and the first line of the music and words dance above their heads. Wells's ink and watercolor drawings of effervescent little animals with human characteristics are familiar to her readers and sure to bring a smile. The variety of the page design, bold colors, movement, and humor create interest and liveliness. Some numbers have a full-page spread; others share the page. Pages may have frames or borders filled with objects related to the story; others have color extended to the corners. Every page is filled with details, but the numbers stand out, as do the many counting opportunities, making this a delightful learning opportunity. It also fulfills a need for teachers who follow the well-known mathematical pedagogy program that the celebration describes. Delicious! (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786813544
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 159,967
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    Four-year-old loves this

    This is my four-year-old's favorite book. She insists we read it every night, and within days, was able to count up to 100 and recognize the numbers. A great learning tool and fun!

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Great book to use with 100 Days of school

    I am a kindergarten teacher and I use this book to read everyday as we count to 100 days in school. The children love hearing what is going to happen on that day. They remind me if we have not read the number for that day. It is a very neat book with all the different activities that Emily gets to do. My children have really enjoyed the book.

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