Joseph Slate, a native West Virginian, has always loved to paint and write. Mr. Slate is professor of art emeritus at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he taught for 30 years. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Patty. A Marine Air Corps veteran, he and his wife have set foot on all seven continents and traveled in 39 countries. They have lived in both Japan and Italy. Ashley Wolff is the author and/or illustrator of over 55 children's picture books including I Love My Mommy Because and I Love My Daddy Because, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Me Baby, You Baby, The Wild Little Horse, Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?, I Call My Grandma Nana and the beloved Miss Bindergarten Series. Her books have won numerous state and national awards.
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. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
PreS-Gr 2-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.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Children and adults both will be delighted ("Booklist", starred review) The lively, rhyming text is accompanied by illustrations that reveal details worth poring over. ("The Horn Book")