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Last day, hooray!
Poydar, Nancy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
On the last day of school, Ivy, her classmates, and teachers dream of summer as they clean and prepare for the last party of the school year.
Reading Level:
AD 370 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 76167.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Last Day, Hooray! Four, three, two, ONE! The last day of school is finally here. For Ivy and her friends it's time to take down pictures, clean shelves and say good-bye. But there is also time for one last surprise. In this companion to "First Day, Horray!," Nancy Poydar perfectly captures the excitement and fun of the final day of school and the beginning of summer vacation.

Author Notes

Nancy Poydar was an elementary school teacher. Now she is a full-time author and artist. She draws her book ideas from her school experiences, her children, and her own childhood. She lives with her husband in Wayland, Massachusetts. Visit her on the web at

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Taking a more diffuse approach to the same subject as Boelt's When It's the Last Day of School (reviewed above), this picture book spotlights Ms. Bell's class on the last day of school. As the children ride the school bus, the principal, maintenance man, and teachers prepare for the day. Students and staff all pitch in to clean up the school. As they work, they dream of what they'll do in the summer, which, in the illustrations, appear in bubbles above their heads. Brimming with characters and activity, the colorful gouache paintings look crowded and busy at close range but show up better at a short distance. No surprises here, just a cheerful, idyllic vision of the last day of school as experienced by elementary-school students and staff. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.