Last Day Blues

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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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Overview

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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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580891042
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 33,867
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.12 (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 July 1, 2012

    Great Read

    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.

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    Posted January 20, 2013

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