The Last Day of School

The Last Day of School

by Louise Borden, Adam Gustavson
     
 

The shool year is coming to an end, and everyone at Albert E. Chapman Elementary School is counting down, including Mrs. Mallory's third grade class. In the last weeks of school there is much to be done, from putting away supplies to cleaning out desks to finding a summer home for the class pet, Rhoda.
Now — finally — the last day is here!

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Overview

The shool year is coming to an end, and everyone at Albert E. Chapman Elementary School is counting down, including Mrs. Mallory's third grade class. In the last weeks of school there is much to be done, from putting away supplies to cleaning out desks to finding a summer home for the class pet, Rhoda.
Now — finally — the last day is here! Matthew Perez, one of Mrs. Mallory's students, has a perfect good-bye gift for his teacher, and he can't wait to give it to her. But when is the right time? Not in the morning when other kids are giving their gifts. Not during the Last Day fun of kickball and ice-cream treats. Will Matt get his chance before the school day is over?
The last Day of School will resonate with all children who know the excitement, energy, and bittersweet emotions that the final days of a school year bring.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Like every school year this one has zoomed by and now—finally—it is the last day of school. Papers and projects have been taken home, books and school supplies are neatly stacked on classroom shelves. Everyone is talking about the day's special events: a picnic for fifth graders only, giant lollipops for kids with perfect attendance, and a longer recess. And in the backpacks of some of the students are farewell gifts to give to their teachers. Matthew Perez has a very special gift for his teacher, Mrs. Mallory. For the past year Matthew has been the "Official Timekeeper of Room 6," a job Mrs. Mallory assigned to Matt because he always knew the correct time, down to the exact minute and second. Matt wants to wait until the very end of the day, until it is the perfect time, to give Mrs. Mallory his special surprise. But now time is running out. The bell has rung. Kids are dashing out of school to the buses. Where is Mrs. Mallory? Matt can not find her anywhere. The bus engines are revving up. Will Matt have time to say thank you and good-bye? Will he have time to give Mrs. Mallory her perfect gift? The book and its illustrations capture all of the mixed emotions of the last day of school. 2006, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 to 8.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-From giant lollipops given to the kids with perfect attendance, last day treats and poems, and shirts that say "Summer!" to a vacation-home raffle for Rhoda the hamster, the students of Chapman Elementary-"wiggly kindergartners to cool fifth graders"-say good-bye to another school year. Third-grader Matthew Perez holds a special gift for his teacher until the final seconds of an unforgettable day. His wish to wait until the final bell creates a last flutter of "missing-a-good-friend panic" as he comes close to losing his chance to give the gift before his bus leaves. Varied sizes of colorful oil illustrations accompany the tale of Matt's patient delivery of the perfect gift. True to a child's remembrance of final school days, each page recalls memorable moments for students and teachers.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's June 4th at Albert E. Chapman Elementary, and time to bring the school year to an end. Third-grader Matthew Perez has a goodbye gift for his teacher, Mrs. Mallory, but nerves and multiple interruptions delay the giving till the end of the day. The story introduces a nice cross-section of students, a crazy group of cafeteria workers and a friendly classroom hamster named Rhoda. Borden's prose is accomplished but accessible: The narrative resembles free verse, several stanzas to a page. Many of these crisply depict images from the year that Matthew or Mrs. Mallory will carry with them through the summer months: The giant lollipops that sit in a mug on the school secretary's desk, the classroom clock that scratches the minutes by, the BZZZZZZZ of the final final bell. Gustavson's realistic illustrations resemble oil paintings, and include many evocative details. (Picture book. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689868696
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
831,867
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. She taught first graders and preschoolers and later was a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children’s books, she also speaks regularly to young students about the writing process. Her books include Good Luck, Mrs. K!, which won the Christopher Medal, and The A+ Custodian. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you can visit her at LouiseBorden.com.

Adam Gustavson is a graduate of Rowan University and the Master of Fine Arts Illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to illustrating picture books, he currently teaches at Passaic County Community College and Seton Hall University. He lives and paints in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, their children, several guitars, and a ferret named Gracie.

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