First Day Jitters

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Sarah Jane is worried about going to a new school. She refuses to get out of bed because she keeps imagining all the bad things that can happen. Readers will understand and sympathize with Sarah's feelings and laugh when they discover the surprise ending to this delightful story.
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Overview

Sarah Jane is worried about going to a new school. She refuses to get out of bed because she keeps imagining all the bad things that can happen. Readers will understand and sympathize with Sarah's feelings and laugh when they discover the surprise ending to this delightful story.
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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Sarah is hiding under her covers as Mr. Hartwell asks, "You don't want to miss the first day at your new school do you?" From under the blanket she replies, "I'm not going." When he reminds her how much she liked her other school and asks her to think of all the new friends she'll meet, she imagines a classroom where a paper airplane is flying, a boy is pulling his neighbor's pigtail, and another is blowing a gigantic bubble. Mr. Hartwell finally gets Sarah to stumble out of bed, eat a bit of toast, and get into the car where she slumps down into her seat. At school, the principal cheerfully welcomes her and takes her to the classroom where she is introduced as "Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell," the new teacher. There is a bit of foreshadowing that Sarah is an adult, but as she is always partially hidden, the ending will come as a surprise to most readers. The ink-and-watercolor illustrations are full of action and maintain the lighthearted tone. A little subplot in the paintings shows the family cat and dog having their own contest of wills while their owner is trying to get his wife up and out. The joke provides a good laugh and children may find it reassuring that they are not alone in their anxieties about new situations.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Newsweek
You have no idea what Sarah Jane looks like until the very last page of the whimsical book, which suddenly delivers a sly and funny twist: Sarah Jane's the teacher.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580890618
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 251
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Danneberg is the author of several books for children, including FIRST DAY JITTERS, FIRST YEAR LETTERS, LAST DAY BLUES, COWBOY SLIM, and FAMILY REMINDERS. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

    Jitters will make you smile!

    What a marvelous book for teachers and students alike...love the surprise ending!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Great Book

    As a teacher, I use this book to help calm my class of their 'first day jitters.' It does the trick and they love it!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

    I read this book to my preschoolers each year on their first day of class. It's a great ice-breaker and lets the children know that just because their teacher is older and supposed to act like a grown-up, he or she is experiencing much of the same 'jitters' that they are.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    All teachers must have this book

    This book is a must have for teachers to read on the first day of school, no matter what grade they teach.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    School Rocks

    This book hits the nail right the head. Students want to know teachers have anxieties to.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Great Story to Start Your Class With!

    This book was read to me at a workshop three years ago. This year I decided to start the kids in my class off with a short story to get them talking and I immediately thought of this one! I can't wait to see their faces at the end!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    My Daughter's First Grade Teacher read this to the class

    My daughter came home from school and couldn't stop talking about this book. I think it was the first book that ever 'tricked' her and she was amazed by the ending... She LOVED it...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    I Don't Want to Go To School Today!

    You'll be surprised and ask yourself, 'Did I read this right?,' at the end of 'First Day Jitters.' The book is funny too, with the character not wanting to go to school on the first day. Everybody will like this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Yay

    Love the suprise ending

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Love

    I read this book in school and loved the cool surprise ending

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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