The One Hundredth Day of School!
A book review for parents
This thirteenth school-life book in the "Ready, Freddy!" series by Abby Klein is published by The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
The One Hundredth Day of School is written for kids ages 4 to 8. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Freddy's mother sews a button on his pants so he can wear an outfit identical to his friend Robbie's for Twin Day at school. Once Freddy arrives, Mrs. Wushy tells her students they will need to bring 100 of something to celebrate the hundredth day of school. Freddy's family tries to help him decide what to bring, but Freddy grows discouraged. Their suggestions seem boring until his father suggests shark teeth, but their shark jaw only has 98 of them. His classmates have already chosen what they will bring: rocks, glass animals, baseball cards and other things. Freddy's sister, Suzie, suggests he bring 100 homemade, chocolate chip cookies. Freddy loves the idea. His mother and sister help him make the cookies, but after work his father eats one before he knows that they are meant for Freddy's class. Freddy goes to his room to cry. Although he does not want his family to enter, they do and tell him about another possibility: buttons. His grandmother had a button collection, and most of the buttons have a history. One was from a military uniform and another from a wedding dress. Freddy's class enjoys the stories behind the buttons, and he shares the remaining cookies with them. This makes Freddy happy.
Freddy's sister, Suzie, calls her brother ding dong, baby waby, crazy, Frankenstein, dancing queen, weirdo, shark breath and makes some references to his underwear (tightie whities). After about six pages of Freddy's sister insulting Freddy and Freddy retaliating, their mother tells them to stop. Their father makes Suzie quit criticizing Freddy on another occasion. His mother reminds Freddy of his manners at the dinner table. Mrs. Wushy, Freddy's teacher, reprimands Max when he threatens to punch another kid. When Freddy is upset with his father, he tells his parents to stay out of his room. His parents enter his room anyway. They try to assuage his feelings but do not allow him to limit their authority.
Other Belief Systems
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- Freddy doesn't want to bring just anything on the 100th day of school.
Who does he want to please with what he brings?
What is the difference between serving others and pleasing others?
- Freddy's sister calls him a lot of names.
How do you know that she really loves him?
- Bully Max calls Freddy and Robbie stupid. Robbie thought Chloe was cuckoo and spoiled.
How should children treat each other with their words?
Have you ever called other kids mean names?
Are these the words God would want you to use?
What could you do differently?
- How important is it to please your classmates?
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