|Lizzie and the last day of school|
Author: Noble, Trinka Hakes
Lizzie loves school more than anything. After starting first grade, she mistakenly thinks it will last a full year and is dismayed when it ends in June. Luckily her first grade teacher applies to teach summer school.
|Illustrator:||McLeod, Kris Aro|
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 173943
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/15)
School Library Journal (03/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2015 Lizzie loved nursery school. Kindergarten was even better. When fall comes, she is ready for real school, first grade with Miss G., a new teacher who encourages her students throughout the year and makes every day fun. But all too soon, it’s the last day of school. While most kids are overjoyed, Lizzie is overwhelmed with sadness. She finds a kindred spirit in Miss G., but a last-minute plot twist gives them both something to cheer about after all. As a picture-book writer, Noble is best known for the classic The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash (1980). In her latest, she tells a good story, bolstered with details that make Lizzie’s thoughts and emotions believable. The scene where Lizzie returns to school to hug Miss G. good-bye is unexpectedly poignant. Colorful artwork that looks to be done in pencil and watercolors illustrates the settings, the characters, and their activities with finesse. An appealing picture book for reading aloud. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—A book for those children and teachers who enjoy school and don't want it to end. Lizzie and her first grade teacher, Miss G., have enjoyed reading and math, finding out about gardening, healthy eating, and exercise. Miss G. makes learning so much fun that when Lizzie returns home each day, she shares what she's learned with her baby sister Lulu. On the last day of school, Miss G. sits alone, feeling sad in her classroom. She does not party or relax like the other teachers. But both student and teacher are able to continue to teach and learn all summer because they become involved in the same summer school. The lessons are to be held outside and consist of kite flying, stories and snacks under the shade of a tree, and nature walks with new friends. McLeod's cheerful illustrations are set in lively bustling classrooms where even lost teeth are important. VERDICT An engaging selection for those eager to learn students.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.