Miss Bindergarten and her class have had a great year in kindergarten! They have gone on a field trip, marked the 100th day, created a circus, and even survived a wild day. But now the school year is over, and it's time to remember, to celebrate, and for Miss Bindergarten to say, “Good-bye, kindergarten. It's been a special year.” The bestselling Miss Bindergarten series comes to a sweet and jubilant conclusion by honoring an important passage: the last day of kindergarten. Filled with last-day classroom ideas, it's also a perfect gift to honor graduation and moving-up ceremonies. Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten is the perfect way for teachers and students to commemorate their own end-of-the-year festivities.
The kindergarten teacher who is a border collie is back again with her 26 alphabetical students to wind up a successful year of school. Readers familiar with the previous six books will not need to be told that each child's name starts with one of the letters or that Miss Bindergarten has a knack for planning special kindergarten daysthis time they're saying goodbye with a combination of clean-up chores and fun. It was artist Wolff's idea for the cast to be animals when she envisioned her own border collie, Pumpkin, as the enthusiastic teacher. The result of that decision has been a set of tales popular with teachers, librarians, and kids, who see their own classrooms reflected in the stories (since some of the activities have been suggested by real kindergarten teachers). On this final day, students bring flowers and gifts, help pack away toys and mobiles, and clear out the lost and found. Then the fun beginsrecess in bathing suits, running through sprinklers, and pizza for everyone. Each cub from A to Z gets a line in the text, as well as an award and a penny with a chocolate kiss from their teacher. Wolff's cartoon-like pictures are strong and bold with garish colors that jar a bit, but capture the energy and constant motion of lively young children who enjoy school and each other. "Goodbye, kindergarten," says Miss B, "It's been a special year." Then she's off for a vacation in Hawaii. Will she be back next year?