cover image Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten

Joseph Slate. Dutton Children's Books, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-525-46000-8

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.)