Here is the story of a young boy who is about to enter first grade and doesn't know quite what to expect. Will his friends be there? Will he have to know how to read and spell? What if he can't understand anything his teacher says? Looks like a case of first grade jitters! Robert Quackenbush and Yan Nascimbene tell a reassuring story that is sure to chase away those jitters for any soon-to-be first grader.
Here is the story of a young boy who is about to enter first grade and doesn't know quite what to expect. Will his friends be there? Will he have to know how to read and spell? What if he can't understand anything his teacher says? Looks like a case of first grade jitters!
Robert Quackenbush and Yan Nascimbene tell a reassuring story that is sure to chase away those jitters for any soon-to-be first grader.
A small boy wonders what first grade will be like, but isn't sure that he wants to find out.
In Quackenbush’s story about a nervous would-be first-grader, first published in 1982, Aidan doesn’t want to admit that his crankiness has anything to do with the upcoming school year. But when he wonders whether his kindergarten friends will be there, or what his new teacher will be like, he gets scared. After his friends bring news about what to expect, Aidan gradually discovers that he’s more eager than afraid. Quackenbush’s story holds up well and is made all the more fresh by Nascimbene’s paintings (Aidan wears Chuck Taylors and a spiky haircut), which capture his shift from anxiety to excitement about the coming changes. Ages 5-7. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 1—In this newly illustrated title first published in 1982, Aidan worries about first grade. He hasn't seen his kindergarten friends all summer, and he's had plenty of time to imagine the worst about the upcoming school year. Will his friends be in his class? Will he be expected to read and do math problems? "And what if I can't understand anything the teacher says? She might say, 'Oogly, boogly.' When I ask her what that means, she might answer, 'Muncha, chumba, zeglipo.'" His parents notice that something is wrong, but he refuses to admit his fears. When his friend returns from her summer vacation with reassuring news of their new teacher, he jumps for joy and exclaims, "My jitters are gone!" The text and pictures explore this common anxiety effectively and with a touch of humor. Full-spread illustrations depict the grumpy protagonist with his perplexed and annoyed parents, and later, relaxed and jubilant. Aidan's loyal dog and teddy bear mirror his concerns throughout. When he holds up his leg in bed, insisting that he cannot walk and won't be better for the first day of school, his frowning teddy holds up his leg as well. Couple this story with Julie Danneberg's First Day Jitters (Charlesbridge, 2000) for another perspective on back-to-school angst.—Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY
Robert Quackenbush began drawing and painting when he was a boy in Phoenix, Arizona, and has never stopped. He is the author and illustrator of nearly two hundred children's books. Painter, teacher, and illustrator, Robert is the winner of numerous children's book awards, as well as a nominee for an Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery. Robert resides in New York City with his wife, Margery; their son, Piet, was the inspiration for many of his books.
Yan Nascimbene has more than fifty books to his credit and has illustrated more than three hundred book covers. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, France, Japan, England, Switzerland, and Italy. Yan is the recipient of many awards, including one gold and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He and Joan Parazette, a painter and ceramist, share their life in the south of France and California.