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100 SCHOOL DAYS by Anne Rockwell

100 SCHOOL DAYS

By Anne Rockwell (Author) , Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-029144-3
Publisher: HarperCollins

Celebrating the 100th day of school has become a ritual in the US, and Rockwell (Becoming Butterflies, p. 107, etc.) gives it a somewhat flat, if good-hearted tribute in this addition to the short list of titles on the subject. Mrs. Madoff’s class starts the countdown by dropping a penny in a jar for each day of school. At each interval of 10, each child brings in a little something special: 10 balloons, 20 matchbox cars, 30 leaves, 70 sunflower seeds, 80 Popsicle sticks. Finally, they reach the 100 mark, everyone brings in 100 yummy things, and they decide to send their $1 to aid hurricane victims; who is going to quibble with that thoughtful gesture? But there are other problems afoot, mostly concerned with the flat tone of the art and story. The illustrations are sweet but bland, and totally lacking in personality. The text is blander still. The narrator brings in 10 balloons to mark Day 10: “Then Sam and I took them to the principal’s office. She said, ‘Thank you! These are beautiful!’ ” It’s not easy to make something lighter than air feel so wooden, but perhaps it comes from trying to make a point. (Picture book. 3-6)