Last Day Blues
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Last Day Blues

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by Julie Danneberg, Judy Love
     
 

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It's the last week of school, and Mrs. Hartwell's class is excited to leave for summer vacation. The only problem is that the kids don't want their teacher to miss them while they're gone. Once again Julie Danneberg and Judy Love bring to life the crazy antics of Mrs. Hartwell and her class and show that teachers and students are more alike than different.

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It's the last week of school, and Mrs. Hartwell's class is excited to leave for summer vacation. The only problem is that the kids don't want their teacher to miss them while they're gone. Once again Julie Danneberg and Judy Love bring to life the crazy antics of Mrs. Hartwell and her class and show that teachers and students are more alike than different.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
As the last day of school approaches and her students think of what they will miss, they try to find a way to cheer up their teacher, Mrs. Hartwell. For surely she will be sorry to see school end. Their final gift is a sentimental farewell poem, listing everything they will miss from the year past, particularly "you." Leaving on the school bus, they picture how sad all the teachers must be to see them go. Of course, in the end, we smile as we learn better! Ink and transparent dyes create double-page scenes filled with the details of an overactive classroom, in particular action-packed portraits of the students and their much-loved teacher. Don't miss Josh's "baloney special" dribbling its contents, Eddie's expression as he aims the spray from the water fountain at his mates, or the contrast between what the students imagine and what actually happens after they leave. A great way to end the school year with both nostalgia and happy anticipation of summer vacation. 2006, Charlesbridge, and Ages 5 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Mrs. Hartwell's students are worried about how sad she'll be and how much she'll miss them when school lets out for the summer. They look for the perfect gift to help her remember them and decide to make a poster with a poem and drawings featuring all of the things that they'll miss about school, especially their teacher. Bursting with color, the cartoon illustrations look at the experience from both sides with hilarious results. The characters' faces are highly expressive and run the gamut of emotions throughout the book. As the children wrack their brains for the perfect present, a group of teachers can be seen in the distance planning their vacations with great excitement. A story with both child and teacher appeal.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
One more myth dispelled for all the students who believe that their teachers live in their classrooms. During the last week of school, Mrs. Hartwell and her students reflect on the things they will miss, while also looking forward to the fun that summer will bring. The kids want to cheer up their teacher, whom they imagine will be crying over lesson plans and missing them all summer long. But what gift will cheer her up? Numerous ideas are rejected, until Eddie comes up with the perfect plan. They all cooperate to create a rhyming ode to the school year and their teacher. Love's renderings of the children are realistic, portraying the diversity of modern-day classrooms, from dress and expression to gender and skin color. She perfectly captures the emotional trauma the students imagine their teachers will go through as they leave for the summer. Her final illustration hysterically shatters that myth, and will have every teacher cheering aloud. What a perfect end to the school year. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580890465
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.39(d)
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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Last Day Blues 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KwhiteFL More than 1 year ago
Awesome book for teachers to read to their class at the end of the school year. I also recommend First Day Blues by the same author.
InspirationalAngel531 9 months ago
Title: Last Day Blues - Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures Author: Julie Danneberg Illustrator: Judy Love Published: 2-1-2016 Pages: 32 Publisher: Charlesbridge Genre: Children's Fiction Sub Genre: Series; Friendship ISBN: 9781580891042 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . Mrs. Hartwell's class is excited that summer will soon be here but worry their beloved teacher will be sad with them going away for so long and want to give her a present that shows how much they love her. After many suggestions are mentioned they choose a giant poster that they decorate themselves telling why they think she is so special. I was asked to sub for a teacher who was a dear friend who had been in an auto accident just six weeks before school was to come to a close for the summer. Expecting her back in 2 weeks, unfortunately complications kept her out for the rest of the year. The children were devastated thinking that Miss Holly would not be returning. Arrangements were made for Holly to come to closing day ceremonies and the class agreed to reproduce the poster for her as a gift not realizing they would be giving it to her in person. On the last day of school, following the graduation ceremonies, everyone was asked to remain seated for a special presentation to a valued member of the school. Holly's class was asked to return to the stage and Holly was wheeled out onto the stage by her husband at presented with the poster the children has made for her and a plaque naming her teacher of the year. I did notice the plaque was placed to her side and the rolled poster remained in her arms to be admired by herself and her students during the party that followed. If I had not seen this book I never would have even thought of this idea. It also helped Holly realize the impact she made with the students she taught and when returned in the fall she had her posted, matted, framed and under glass, in a place of prominence to show some of the things students would learn and do in the coming year. Easing the fears of the new kindergarten class.
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