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Emily's first 100 days of school
Wells, Rosemary.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways.
Reading Level:
AD 470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 44253.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 22956 Guided reading level: NR.


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On the first day of school, Emily's teacher, Miss Cribbage, tells the class that they will make a new number friend every day for the first 100 days of school. Everyone will have a number book in which to write numerical discoveries and musings. Eager Emily dives right into the project. On the second day of school, Miss Cribbage teaches a song called "Tea for Two." On day three, Emily writes about her school bus, No. 3. In square dancing, Emily learns that there are four corners to a dancing square. She picks five different vegetables from her garden for her father to use in his tomato-zucchini-pepper-carrot-eggplant soup. From day one to day 100, Emily and her classmates expand their creative and mathematical skills as they immerse themselves in the exciting early days of school.Rosemary Wells, beloved author and illustrator of dozens of picture books, and creator of the mischievous Max character (Max's First Word, Max's Chocolate Chicken, and others), has accomplished a remarkable feat: finding 100 days' worth of entertaining "number friends." The 100th day of school can be an important milestone--and a great learning tool! Emily is an adorable Wellsian bunny, complete with pudgy cheeks and sweet little jumpers and overalls. For more excellent 100-day picture books, try Margery Cuyler's 100th Day Worries and Joseph Slate's Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

Author Notes

Rosemary Wells was born in New York City on January 29, 1943. She studied at the Museum School in Boston. Without her degree, she left school at the age of 19 to get married. She began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing.

She is an author and illustrator of over 60 books for children and young adults. Her first book was an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan's I Have a Song to Sing-O. Her other works include Martha's Birthday, The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, Unfortunately Harriet, Mary on Horseback, and Timothy Goes to School. She also created the characters of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko, which are featured in some of her books. She has won numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Poe award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. This counting book, with bright, big pages, is also a starting-school story with lots of facts and popular sayings about numbers in daily life. For each number from 1 to 100, there's a detailed scenario, with Wells' familiar, endearing cast of bunnies, beavers, cats, pigs, and other creatures, at school and home. The large format allows lots of space to show and count objects (24 is two dozen cookies in groups of 3; 62 is the number of things on Mama's shopping list), and each item is clear and beautiful in ink and watercolor. There are also facts (26 letters in the alphabet; 88 keys on the piano), folklore (playing Crazy Eights), and numbers that are all part of our songs and sayings. As in Margery Cuyler's 100th Day Worries (1999) and Tana Hoban's Let's Count (1999), preschoolers can begin with the prime numbers and enjoy the stories in the pictures, then gradually learn to count their way up to 100 with the everyday things around them. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

As Wells's (My Very First Mother Goose) sparkling, ambitious book opens, EmilyÄa childlike bunny who could easily be kin to Max and RubyÄattends her first day of school. Her teacher, a guinea pig named Miss Cribbage, explains that every morning the class will "make a new number friend," and she promises a party when they reach 100 days. "No one believes we will ever get to one hundred days," says Emily. Wells not only counts the intervening days, she finds a context to make each numeral meaningful. On day two, for example, Emily reports that Miss Cribbage teaches the song "Tea for Two." Along the way, readers observe Emily participate in her warm family life, gain and lose a friend and learn from Miss Cribbage's imaginative lessons. Humor comes naturally (e.g., day 89: "`There are only eighty-nine calories in my tomato soup,' says Aunt Mim. `I can't see any,' says [Emily's little brother] Leo"). Remarkably, only a few entries feel contrived (Papa claims there are 51 reasons why Emily's big sister can't go into the city with her friends; Mama says she can find 56 ways to answer "How Do I Love Thee?"). The spreads, varying from full-page art to panels, are crisp, colorful and winningly detailed, as Wells's fans have come to expect. Except for some production flawsÄsuch as the misspelled "ninteen" and several stylistic inconsistenciesÄthis oversize volume scores big. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A fresh approach to a standard topic-counting. What makes this title so special is that it focuses on the 99 days in between the first day of school and the 100th day. "On the first day of school I leave my mama's arms. I am too excited to cry," says Emily. Her teacher, Miss Cribbage, has the children create their own number books. "When we reach one hundred days we will have a big party." Readers are then introduced to Emily's family and friends, who help her fill her number book with warm memories and solid learning. Wells alternates between Emily's home and school life seamlessly, providing a wonderful example of how families-not just parents-are the first teachers and how they can supplement classroom education throughout childhood. Emily learns the number 68 when "Grandpa brings home sixty-eight tulip bulbs." Her father says, "I have ninety-five things to do-But the most important thing is reading you your story." When the big day finally does arrive, everyone in the class shows Miss Cribbage the fabulous things they can do to celebrate the number 100. The format is varied, alternating between large and small fonts, full-page art with fanciful borders and pages with up to four separate panels, stark white backdrops and warm-hued pastel shadings. There are many books that celebrate the 100th day of school, but this one scores a perfect 100.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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