Miss B Celebrates 100 Days

In honor of the 100th day of kindergarten, each student must bring “100 of some wonderful, one-hundred-full thing!” to school the following day. That night, we see Adam the alligator making a fort of 100 Popsicle sticks, Brenda the beaver falling asleep over her paper chain of 100 colorful loops, and Christopher the cat lamenting his toppling 100 blocks. Meanwhile, Miss Bindergarten does 100 sit-ups before making 100-day punch (with 100 ice cubes and 100 cherries), painstakingly decorates her classroom, and concocts miscellaneous math-oriented activities. Just before class, “Jessie pokes her polka dots. / Kiki carries tarts. / Lenny hugs a bagful of a hundred candy hearts.” The rhyming text bounces through the celebratory preparations of the whole kindergarten class–from Adam the alligator to Zachary the zebra–until the whole class reunites for a party that’s perhaps a hundred times more fun than they imagined! Kids will enjoy examining and reexamining the humorous pictures of the animal students battling with various crafts, and they’ll adore the loving and purposeful Miss Bindergarten–a Border collie with a heart of gold… and 100 bows on her dress.

In this exuberant follow-up to Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, the border-collie teacher kicks off a celebration of the 100th day of class by asking her students to bring in “100 of some wonderful, one-hundred-full thing!” The results, reported in alphabetical order of the student’s name and species, brim with the humor of children giving their ingenuity full rein. Brenda the beaver almost dozes off while gluing a 100-link paper chain, and Ian the iguana proudly escorts “a relative who’s lived a hundred years.” As readers of the previous book will anticipate, Miss Bindergarten works every bit as hard as her students: she pins 100 bows to her dress, makes a paper snake with 100 colorful scales and puts together a roomful of related activities. Once again, Wolff’s sturdy, genially observed illustrations prove a perfect match for Slate’s rhyming text, and together they build momentum to the big event?a party that’s certain to inspire similar festivities in kindergartens everywhere.

 ~Publishers Weekly
Miss Bindergarten, who helped readers learn the alphabet in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Dutton, 1996), returns in this lively picture book. To celebrate the 100th day of school, she asks her students to bring in “100 of some wonderful, one-hundred-full thing.” As each of the children, whose names begin with letters from A to Z, gather together 100 objects, their teacher makes her own preparations, shopping for food and supplies with her pet cockatoo, preparing refreshments, and jazzing up the classroom. Always stylish (even though she is a dog), Miss Bindergarten decorates her dress with 100 multicolored bows. Creativity, hard work, and enthusiasm are catching and the children strive tirelessly to bring in imaginative projects. On the day of the celebration they arrive with 100 balloons, 100 ants in an ant farm, 100 marbles, and other surprises. Brightly colored pictures filled with details, some on double-paged spreads, and a sprightly rhyming text with the repeated phrase, “Miss Bindergarten gets ready for the 100th day of kindergarten,” make this a great read-aloud or read-alone.
~School Library Journal
 Miss Bindergarten, the most industrious candidate for the Imaginary Teacher Hall of Fame since Ms. Frizzle, sends her students home at the end of day 99 with instructions to bring 100 wonderful things to class tomorrow–then bustles off to make elaborate, ingenious low-overhead preparations of her own. As in her spectacular debut, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (1996), alternating spreads switch back and forth between Miss B, shown shopping for supplies, making name tags, and creating displays, and the children, who in alphabetical order are seen getting their collections together; the short, rhymed text both comments on what’s going on and provides a unifying backbeat: “Jessie pokes her polka dots. Kiki carries tarts. Lenny hugs a bagful of a hundred candy hearts . . .” Wolff’s big cartoon illustrations are full of cheery faces (everyone here is portrayed as a familiar animal in human dress) and bunches of clearly drawn bows, balloons, beans, blocks, and other items to count. Happily, there are less than 100 of each to be seen. By morning, Miss B is ready with a capital R, and the room into which her class marches is decorated wall to wall with intriguing handmade games and exercises designed to stretch number skills. Children and adults both will be delighted by such a seamless mix of fun and pedagogy; the author and illustrator append a tribute to the real superteachers behind their ideal one.
The ebullient canine kindergarten teacher (Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, 1996) is preparing for the 100th day of school. For homework, Miss Bindergarten tells her students to bring “100 of some wonderful, one-hundredful thing.” In verse, each student (alphabetically, with names that start with letters from A to Z) creatively undertakes the task, by building forts made from 100 popsicle sticks, to drawing a portrait of a 100-year-old face, to placing 100 stickers head-to-toe. In the meantime, busy Miss Bindergarten works hard behind the scenes to make the party perfect. As did its predecessor, this spirited educational tool yields itself to classroom tie-in fun and makes for read-aloud enjoyment; it’s a bonus that children will also grasp the concept of 100. Miss Bindergarten’s enthusiasm is irresistible, while the students provide a grand mix of ingenious creations.

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