First Day Jitters by Julie DannebergFirst Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

First Day Jitters

byJulie DannebergIllustratorJudy Love

Paperback | February 1, 2000

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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.
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 ...
Title:First Day JittersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.14 inShipping dimensions:10 × 8 × 0.14 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:CharlesbridgeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:158089061X

ISBN - 13:9781580890618


Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Cute Cute book with a twist for an ending. Kids love it, especially when you read it during the first day of school!
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FIRST DAY JITTERS This is an excellent book to read with a Kindergarten class!
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Day Jitters An unexpected perspective of the feelings that are often felt by anyone starting something new. I loved how some of the illustrations made it seem as though we were Sarah and looking through her eyes. A great book!
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures) 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.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Such a twist at the end I never saw it coming loved this book!
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read-Aloud Both kids and adults (especially teachers) will relate to this picture book, with its creative twist at the end. The illustrations are super, and I'd recommend this book as a gift to a new teacher!
Date published: 2001-01-02

Read from the Book

"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?"

Editorial Reviews

"Every child who has moved to a new school or is simply reluctant to start a school year can identify with this wittily drawn and suspensefully told story. From the moment she awakens on the fateful day to the moment she steps into the classroom, Sarah Hartwell imagines the worst. Love's ink-and-watercolor illustrations add humor to Sarah's fears, which range from bratty kids to a police search when she doesn't show up. Mr. Hartwell's reassurances don't seem to be much help. The pictures mirror the jangled nerves and outsize expectations (the double-page spread of a looming, prisonlike school is priceless) everyone faces when they are new, all of which leads to a nifty surprise ending that is a delight. Funny and insightful."—Booklist"First Day Jitters which was written by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by Judy Love, makes a great companion book to Wemberly Worried. In the opening pages, we meet a certain Sarah Jane Hartwell, who's in the midst of her own first-day-of-school-related panic attack. Sarah Jane is buried under her covers so far that you can't even see her face. In fact, you have no idea what she looks like until the very last page of the whimsical book, which suddenly delivers a sly and funny twist..."—Newsweek