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First Day Jitters
     

First Day Jitters

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by Julie Danneberg, Judy Love (Illustrator)
 

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Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school.

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Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.

Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580890618
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
7,847
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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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First Day Jitters 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
NCSan More than 1 year ago
What a marvelous book for teachers and students alike...love the surprise ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the suprise ending
DorothyBell More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for teachers to read on the first day of school, no matter what grade they teach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book hits the nail right the head. Students want to know teachers have anxieties to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Nicole De Jonge More than 1 year ago
I read this book in school and loved the cool surprise ending
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I love this story. In First Day Jitters, Sarah Jane Hartwell doesn’t want to get out of bed to go to school on the first day. Mr. Hartwell finally convinces her to get up, have breakfast and head off to school. He drives her and she is met by the principal who takes her to her classroom. The author, Julie Danneberg, writes this book in a way that leaves the reader surprised at the end of the story when it is revealed that Sarah is actually the teacher. The illustrations by Judy Love, are also done in a way that Sarah’s face is never revealed until the end of the book when she is introduced to the class. I loved the illustrations, they are colourful, full of action (the pets trying to get her out of bed are wonderful) and kids will relate to them well. Children of all ages would enjoy the surprise at the end of the story. I am a retired teacher and I know that my colleagues would enjoy the humor of this book, and relate to it more than we know. This would be a great read aloud book to share with students on the first day of school. It would give teachers the opportunity to share their worries and concerns about the first day of school. This gives students the chance to see their teachers in a different light, we don't live in or sleep at the school, and we have similar feelings at the beginning the new school year. This is a great book to be in all school libraries as well as classroom libraries or teacher resource rooms. A great opportunity to talk about emotions and ways to deal with them. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
catloverAD More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great little story. It shows that everyone can be nervous on thier first day of school! It has a fantastic surprise ending!! The story is illustrated beautifully!
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