First Day Jitters

First Day Jitters


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580890618
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures Series , #1
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 4,287
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

As a kid, when Julie Danneberg daydreamed or played at being grown-up, she never imagined herself as a writer. Instead she dreamed of being a famous girl reporter, a secret agent, and a teacher.

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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"Sarah, dear, time to get out of bed," Mr. Hartwell said, poking his head through the bedroom doorway. "You don't want to miss the first day at your new school, do you?"


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First Day Jitters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
NCSan More than 1 year ago
What a marvelous book for teachers and students 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
alcrivello on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's hard starting on the first day of school. See how Sarah deals with her first day jitters.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah is frightened of going to a new school and has to be dragged to the classroom. She faces the same fears that every new student faces, but it turns out that she¿s the new teacher!
hewlettb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Day Jitters is the story of Sarah Hartwell and her first day at a new school. The day begins with Sarah's father waking her up and Sarah's continued insistence that she will not go. She protests until her father makes her wake up and get ready for school. Sarah's father drops her off at school where she is met by the school principal and led to her classroom. Once she arrives at the classroom the principal introduces Sarah to the class, and it turns out Sarah is the teacher! I like this book because it fooled me into thinking that Sarah was a student all along. After I got to the last page, where it's revealed that Sarah is the teacher, I went back to look at the illustrations and noticed that Sarah's face or body is never shown. She is only shown in bed covering her head with a pillow, acting like a young child. Sarah's father also, on second look, appears to be older than the father of a school-age child. I was hoping the book would be about overcoming your nerves on the first day of school, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My nieces haven't read this one yet.The book runs through the excuses Sarah makes to avoid going to her new school (note that she's nervous about switching schools), and she's steadily cajoled into the front of the class where our Surprise! Announcement! reveals (and I admit, I was surprised - this is really well-done) that she's the teacher.Well, no doubt teachers do get nervous on the first day of school, same as anybody else does :) Kids are likely to be surprised and laugh at the ending too, maybe even not believe it.I do find it a little off-putting that Sarah's husband and boss essentially talk to her (and, in the beginning, treat her) like she's a child, but that's necessary to make the reveal an actual surprise.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book because everyone can relate to the first day jitters at the beginning of a new school year. I thought it was a funny twist though when we learned that the main character, Sarah, was actually a teacher because the whole time I thought she was a student.
dcarlill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute story with a surprise ending. Recommended for grades K-3 but easily used in middle and high school as a fun book. I would use this book in professional development as well with new teachers entering the school.
szanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charming pictures and text, clever plot twist and fun ending. Kids and teachers alike can relate to this book about new beginnings and the feelings that come with them. Great book to read the first day of school. Children who have heard the book are sworn to secrecy regarding the ending!
Kpil13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great one to read on the first day of school with a great surprise ending. My students loved it
btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Day Jitters is a wonderful story to read to children of all ages on the first day of school. It begins with Mary Jane Hartwell not wanting to get out of bed and go to her new school. Mr. Hartwell has to get her out of bed and drag her to school, the entire time trying to convince her she will love it. Once at school, the principal takes over and talks her in to going to class. A suprise ending always delights students year after year. Julie Danneberg does a wonderful job expressing the nervous feelings people often feel on their first day of school.I was in love with this book the first time I read it. Usually you can see where a book is headed and what will happen in the end. I was completely suprised when I first read this. I read this to the kids at my school every year on the first day. Even though many of them have heard it several times they are excited to hear it again.Since this book is usually read on the first day of school, the activities that are done should go accordingly to the class you have. If they are coming from different districts to a new one then you could use this to begin introducing each other. The possibiIities are endless on introducing each other activities. I really enjoy having the students make missing posters of themselves.
kba13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author brings to life the feelings of the nervous first day, showing at the end that even teachers can have these feelings too! This would be a great way to start off the first day of school to show children that is a natural and normal feeling to be nervous or scared about something.
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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