The Last Day of School by Louise Borden

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The shool year is coming to an end, and everyone at Albert E. Chapman Elementary School is counting down, including Mrs. Mallory's third grade class. In the last weeks of school there is much to be done, from putting away supplies to cleaning out desks to finding a summer home for the class pet, Rhoda.
Now -- finally -- the last day is here! Matthew Perez, one of Mrs. Mallory's students, has a perfect good-bye gift for his teacher, and he can't wait to give it to her. But when is the right time? Not in the morning when other kids are giving their gifts. Not during the Last Day fun of kickball and ice-cream treats. Will Matt get his chance before the school day is over?
The last Day of School will resonate with all children who know the excitement, energy, and bittersweet emotions that the final days of a school year bring.

About Louise Borden

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Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. She taught first graders and preschoolers and later was a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children’s books, she also speaks regularly to young students about the writing process. Her books include Good Luck, Mrs. K!, which won the Christopher Medal, and The A+ Custodian. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you can visit her at Adam Gustavson is a graduate of Rowan University and the Master of Fine Arts Illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to illustrating picture books, he currently teaches at Passaic County Community College and Seton Hall University. He lives and paints in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, their children, several guitars, and a ferret named Gracie.
Published March 1, 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Many of these crisply depict images from the year that Matthew or Mrs. Mallory will carry with them through the summer months: The giant lollipops that sit in a mug on the school secretary’s desk, the classroom clock that scratches the minutes by, the BZZZZZZZ of the final final bell.

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The story focuses on third grader Matthew Perez (a Cubs fan and the ""Official Timekeeper of Room 6"") and the gift he almost doesn't get to give his beloved teacher, Mrs. Mallory, who ""knew her students like a mother hen knows her chicks."" A thorough cataloguing of the final day's bittersweet ...

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