Lizzie and the Last Day of School
by Trinka Hakes Noble
Lizzie loves school almost more than anything. First she loved Nursery school. She loved Kindergarten even more. When the time comes for Lizzie to start First Grade, she can't wait. Everyone tells her it will be a whole year of school. And Miss Giggliano, the first-grade teacher, tells her class to make this the best year of school ever. Yippee! thinks Lizzie--a whole year of school! And what a year it is. Miss G.'s class wins the Centipede Reading Award. And they even win the Nature Study Award for their bee and butterfly garden. It's a great year! But all great things must come to an end. When the last day of school arrives, Lizzie is dismayed. How can this be? It was supposed to be a whole year! But good news soon arrives and Lizzie, along with Miss G., finds herself in a different classroom and eager to learn!
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585368952): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2015, 03/01/2015
- PDF (9781633621312): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2015, 03/01/2015
- Hosted ebook (9781633621541): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2015, 03/01/2015
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 7
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 2
- Lexile® Measure: 680
- Guided Reading Level: K
- ATOS Reading Level: 3.4
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 173943
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women (JUV014000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education (JUV035000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings (JUV039050)
- JUVENILE FICTION / General (JUV000000)
School Library Journal - Lizzie and the Last Day of School
Reviewed on 1 March 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.
Booklist - Lizzie and the Last Day of School
Reviewed on 15 February 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.
Kirkus Reviews - Lizzie and the Last Day of School
Reviewed on 15 January 2015
A girl’s love for school is more than evident in this latest from Noble.Lizzie loved everything about school in preschool and kindergarten, from the smell of the books to her school supplies. She even spent all summer playing school with her baby sister, Lulu. Now it’s her “first year of school.” She can’t wait for a whole year of school! The seasons turn, and Lizzie’s class does all sorts of things: read books, move to music, plant a garden. Lizzie shares each thing with Lulu. But then comes the day when books are collected, field-day events take place, and desks are cleaned out. Lizzie feels cheated of several months of school. But she’s not the only one—her first-year teacher is just as sad. Luckily, though, Miss G.‘s picked to teach summer school, and Lizzie joins her to make and fly kites, take nature walks, visit a local farm and take swimming lessons. While summer school here sounds more like camp, Noble clearly gets across Lizzie’s love of school. McLeod’s round-headed, rosy-cheeked characters share their every emotion, especially Lizzie and Miss G. on the final day. Many may get the wrong impression about summer school from this offering, but here’s hoping Lizzie’s joy in school is infectious. (Picture book. 5-7)
Author: Trinka Hakes Noble
Trinka Hakes Noble is the award-winning author of numerous picture books including The Orange Shoes (2007 National Parenting Publications Awards Honors Winner), The Scarlet Stockings Spy (2005 IRA Teachers’ Choice), The Last Brother, and The Legend of the Cape May Diamond. Ms. Noble also wrote the ever-popular Jimmy’s Boa series and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, both featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow. Her many awards include ALA Notable Children’s Book, Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice, IRA-CBC Children’s Choice, Learning: The Year’s Ten Best, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections.
Ms. Noble has studied children’s book writing and illustrating in New York City at Parsons School of Design, the New School University, Caldecott medalist Uri Shulevitz’s Greenwich Village Workshop, and at New York University. A member of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature, she was awarded Outstanding Woman 2002 in Arts and Letters in the state of New Jersey for her lifetime work in children’s books. Ms. Noble currently lives in the historic Jockey Hollow area of Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Illustrator: Kris Aro McLeod
Kris Aro McLeod is an elementary school art teacher, freelance author and illustrator, amateur chef, mountain hiker, and enthusiastic bookworm. She lives in Davis, California.
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