Happy 100th Day!

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Birthdays meet 100th Day in a school celebration unlike anything you've seen before!

Graham doesn't like school. He really doesn't like reading. And he's not impressed by his teacher's excitement about the 100th Day of School. The one thing he looks forward to? His class birthday party. But as the school year ticks by, he realizes his birthday will be the SAME DAY as 100th Day celebration! Will anyone remember Graham's special day?

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Overview


Birthdays meet 100th Day in a school celebration unlike anything you've seen before!

Graham doesn't like school. He really doesn't like reading. And he's not impressed by his teacher's excitement about the 100th Day of School. The one thing he looks forward to? His class birthday party. But as the school year ticks by, he realizes his birthday will be the SAME DAY as 100th Day celebration! Will anyone remember Graham's special day?

This sweet and funny story by Susan Milord is accompanied by vibrant multimedia illustrations by Mary Newell DePalma -- each one incorporating 100 of some object for readers to count and find!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
From the first day back at school, the teacher announces the 100th Day celebration and the making of a paper chain with a link for each day. Graham can't read and hates school. As each child's birthday comes up, the teacher makes a special celebration. Graham is upset when he realizes that his birthday falls on the 100th Day. He thinks that his birthday will not get any attention. Each child is assigned 100 things to do before the day. Graham is to read 100 books. He is assigned two older boys who coach him in reading. By the 58th day Graham is able to read a whole book by himself. By the 100th Day, Graham meets his quota, but what about his birthday? Each two page spread has 100 things to count which are listed at the back of the book. The children learn to count to 100 by fives, tens, and twenties and learn that four quarters make a dollar. The brightly colored pictures, empathic story line, and fun things to count will draw children in as they learn numbers. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Graham is a reluctant student at the start of the new school year. His irritability is compounded by the fact that his teacher is gung-ho about the 100th day, an event that just happens to fall on Graham's birthday, threatening to overshadow his own celebration. In addition Miss Currier assigns everyone a 100th day goal; Graham's is to complete 100 books despite the fact that he is a "lousy" reader. In time-line fashion, Milord shows his progress. DePalma's delightful cartoon illustrations perfectly capture the boy's frustration and eventual pride, and the pages are chock-full of graphic elements that mirror the wall art and teaching tools of a typical first-grade classroom. Predictably, Graham is a true reader at the end, and the whole school acknowledges his birthday along with the other festivities. This sweet success story will come in handy in any school that celebrates the 100th day and resonate throughout the year with students who struggle to keep pace with more capable peers.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Kirkus Reviews
The 100th-day theme combines artfully with a well-crafted story about a struggling reader. Graham is not happy to be back in school and is certainly not looking forward to the 100th day of it, unlike his enthusiastic teacher. Miss Currier is serious about three things—reading, the 100th day and celebrating birthdays. She has given everyone a 100th-day project, and Graham's is to read 100 books. Over time, readers see Graham's self esteem improve as, with the help of two sixth-grade tutors, his pile of finished books increases. But Graham's birthday overlaps the 100th day; will the class have time to celebrate? Milord employs a journal style dated with the number of days in school, allowing readers to follow Graham's progress. DePalma's vibrant illustrations feature textured backgrounds and figures that are cut out and pasted, giving them a dimensional effect. Each spread includes 100 objects for readers to find and count. A refreshing change from the usual ruck of 100th-day books, this could stand on its own as a tale about hard work paying off. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439882811
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 642,249
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Milord is the author of numerous picture books, activity books, and collections of folktales, many of which were inspired by her love of nature and travel. She has also illustrated several of her own books. She lives in Rome, Italy, and Norwich, Vermont.

Mary Newell DePalma is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Before Mary was a children's book author and illustrator, she knitted designer sweaters, interpreted for the deaf, and painted signs. Some of her hobbies include gardening, knitting, reading, and, of course, drawing! She has illustrated MY CHAIR, A GRAND OLD TREE, and THE NUTCRACKER DOLL for Arthur A. Levine Books. Mary lives in Boston with her husband and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I would buy this product again

    Happy 100th Day of School was used as a read out loud to celebrate the 100th Day of school. The children were able to listen, respond to the text, and bring in 100 items, some of which they noticed in the story. I liked the cover because it was colorful and inviting.

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