A tribute to students and teachers everywhere, this delightful book celebrates the final day of school before summer vacation. Ivy and Leah are excited; after counting the days left before summer, it is finally the last day. Everyone is happy including Mr. Handy, the janitor, and Mr. Masters, the principal. The last day is filled with a mixture of joy and anticipation of the summer and sadness. Everyone takes part in the preparations, cleaning and taking down pictures off the wall, cleaning the fish tank. Each person has summer plans such as breakfast in bed, gardening, and ball games. The day ends with a surprise party for their teacher, Ms. Bell, including a cake, decorations and a card. Describing the essence of the last day of school, this book is enjoyable to young and old. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 5 to 8.
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K-Gr 2-In this companion to First Day, Hooray! (Holiday, 1999), Poydar celebrates the excitement surrounding the final day of school. Staff and students alike anticipate the long-awaited summer break as they engage in various activities (taking down pictures, signing cards, cleaning up, saying good-bye). The minds of these characters are clearly already on vacation, and as the fish tank is scrubbed clean, giant soap bubbles with pictures of summer daydreams form over their heads. The gouache illustrations bustle with activity and typify the details of a school environment, complete with student artwork on the walls and papers on the floor. A good choice for easing the end-of-the-year good-byes.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
It's the last day of school and Ms. Bell's students have a surprise for her. Cartoon-style illustrations follow the students as they prepare for the last-day party, bringing cake and paper chains to school and passing around a shared card to sign. Ms. Bell takes down the year's art from the walls, handing each child his or her self-portrait done in racially appropriate crayon colors. As the children clean the schoolroom, the staff and students daydream of their summer plans: playing in sprinklers, breakfast in bed, gardening, and baseball games. The too-empty schoolroom is wonderfully festive when festooned with paper chains to surprise Ms. Bell, and everyone's happy, "everyone's smarter." The cartoonish figures are nicely accented by the childlike crayon drawings on the one hand, and the caricatured daydream images on the other. (Picture book. 5-8)