The Big Test

The Big Test


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Are Mrs. Hartwell's students ready to show what they know?

Mrs. Hartwell is preparing her class to take the Big Test. Knowing they have studied and are well-prepared, she helps the students practice how to sit quietly, fill in the bubbles, and follow the directions. She even instructs them on proper morning-of-the-test nutrition.

As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all: learning to relax!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580893619
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 118,227
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About 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.

Judy Love is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated numerous children's books, including First Day Jitters and Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family.

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Mrs. Hartwell felt good. Really good. Really, really good.


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The Big Test 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sroslund on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Hartwell¿s class (who look to be about fourth- or fifth-graders, but never defined in the book) is getting ready for the big, end-of-the-year test. Mrs. Hartwell is doing everything she can to get her students ready; teaching them how to sit still for long periods of time, showing them how to fill in the circles on test forms, and telling them about eating a healthy breakfast the morning of the test. But nothing she does seems to help with the anxiety that most of the students are feeling; many of them actually ask to go home early throughout the week because they don¿t feel well. Julie Danneberg¿s, ¿The Big Test¿ starts out by trying to be about young children and test-taking, but then falls off the wagon around page 19, when her Mrs. Hartwell literally throws her file labeled ¿Lesson Plans¿ in the garbage (which kind of feels like the author throwing out her file labeled ¿Storyline¿). After seeing how upset her class is, the quirky teacher leads them down the hall to the library (where the students panic even more at the prospect of having to go to ¿ ew! ¿ the library. Yikes.) and opens the door to reveal that she has instead set up a kind of play room in which the children are not required to take any test. Logic, common-sense, and actions with consequences be damned. Judy Love¿s watercolor and pencil drawings are interesting enough ¿ she provides a lot of detail on each page and reader¿s will appreciate her multi-cultural approach to drawing the students even though most of their names are like ¿Andy¿ and ¿Emily¿. But her facial expressions start to blur, making it seem as though the class is made up of Jimmy Stuart clones ¿ boys and girls alike. For ages 7-9.
shazzerwise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Test anxiety can be a real monkey on your back. I felt it as a child, and I've felt it as an adult. It stinks. What Julie Danneberg's book does it build up a good head of steam, and then releases it in one huge whoosh of relief, something we could all use sometimes. I'd say this is an excellent book to share around testing time, and an excellent lesson in not letting our worry get away from us to carry with us our whole lives.
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Hartwell's Class has worked hard all school year and it has come down to the last big test. Mrs. Hartwell takes her class through the skills they will need to be successful on the test. Can they sit still and properly fill in the bubbles? Do they know what that a good breakfast is important? By the day of the practice test all of her student are anxious and nervous and have visited the school nurse and poor Mrs. Hartwell is feeling very bad for them. I am the mom of anxious test taker. The poor kid gets so nervous, he is often not capable of showing what he knows. In a public school culture where the test is the culmination of the school year, this humorous look at Mrs. Hartwell's class happens all too often and it would a terrific jumping off point to discuss with students that those big tests they dread don't have to be scary. It shows the most important part of learning, how to have fun with it. While the story is charming and quite fun, the star of the book is the illustration by Judy Love. Brightly colored in vivid detail, Mrs. Hartwell and her students practically leap off the pages. This is a wonderful class library shelf book for grades 1-3. 5 stars I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
With standardized testing happening in most schools around Canada and United States, there is often nervousness and insecurities surrounding these events. This is a great book for teachers to use with their students to help alleviate these feelings. In the story, Mrs. Hartwell takes a week to go over things with her students. She keeps telling them that they have learned a lot over the year and the test is a chance to show what they know. She keeps it low key and positive. When some of the students still become very anxious, she ditches her lesson plan and plans a day to help the students relax before they have to write the test the next day. The illustrations are great and very realistic. The details and colours are great and add to the story. This is a book that should be in every school library and primary classroom. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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