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First Day Jitters

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  3,837 Ratings  ·  365 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2000)
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 01, 2016 Carla Johnson-Hicks rated it it was amazing
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 do
Tracy Morton
Sep 28, 2016 Tracy Morton rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wasn't entirely sure about the value of this book until I got to the end. This is definitely a cute book to start the school year. The children will get a kick out of it.
Jan 25, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
First Day Jitters is full of interesting, colorful, and vivid illustrations. Sarah Jane Hartwell is a relateable character that decides she does not want to go to a new school on the very first day of the school year. Through discussions and arguements with her father, Sarah is convinced that her attendance is mandatory, despite her fears and hesitations. The fears of Sarah Jane, and many fears other people may have on their first day of school, are described throughout the story and resolved ...more
Anne Marie
Nov 04, 2016 Anne Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is an absolutely delightful book about a little girl who's more than a little apprehensive about embarking on her first day at her new school. The illustrations are charming; cat and dog follow their mistress around the house, and even in the car to the dreaded journey to school! The text is caring, showing youngsters that "first day jitters" are normal, and there's a wonderful surprise ending as well. Highly recommended!
Anna Summers
In the book, First Day Jitters, Sarah doesn’t want to get out of bed to go to the first day of school. Sarah’s father finally convinces her to get up and begin the day. After Sarah arrives at school, the reader finds out that Sarah is actually the teacher. The author, Julie Danneberg, brilliantly 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 are also done in a way that Sarah’s face is ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
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The first day at a new school is always a frightening experience. In this story, Sarah does not want to go to school. Mr. Hartwell eventually gets Sarah to get out of bed, eat breakfast, and go to school. With the beautiful illustrations, the pictures do not tell how old Sarah is. It is revealed at the end of the story that Sarah is the new teacher. First Day Jitters shows children that they may not be the only ones nervous about a new school or the first day of school. The teachers often are al ...more
Nov 17, 2008 Book rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Book by: My teachers
This book is a great book for people all ages. Once you read this book your inside book lover itches to read it again.
First Day Jitters will make you feel more confidint if you are trying something for the fist time.
Aug 20, 2013 Glenna rated it it was amazing
This is a book about me today! I loved the surprise ending.
Sara Magliocca
Dec 08, 2016 Sara Magliocca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic
1) Summary: This book is about a girl named Sarah who does not want to go to the first day of school because she has some jitters. This book takes us through her fears and emotions as she tells us why she does not want to go to school. It turns out that she is not a new student, but the new teacher!
2) Review: I fell in love with this book the first time that I heard it in one of my first undergraduate teaching classes. As a teacher with a bit of anxiety for anything new, I can completely relate
Emily Bowlin
Nov 07, 2016 Emily Bowlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First Day Jitters

This book had me attached with the amazing illustrations that show more every time I look at them. When I reached the end of the story I immediately fell even more in love with the book. In my future classroom I will be happy to read this story to the students as a great laugh out loud realistic fiction. It would also be great in primary classrooms to show how much can be learned from looking closely at book illustrations. In this story the illustrations give great hints as to w
Alexis Munk
Nov 30, 2016 Alexis Munk rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It would make for a great read aloud on the first day of school. This book has a little twist that I did not see coming. The girl who has the jitters is the new teacher! This book shows that everyone can have the jitters on the first day of school and that it's okay if they do. I thought the twist in this book was really cute and unexpected.
Kayla Torson
Nov 04, 2016 Kayla Torson rated it it was amazing
I love this book because it is not at all what you think. A good book to read towards the beginning of the school year, especially for those kids who are struggling with new adjustments.
Donna Binkley
Oct 18, 2016 Donna Binkley rated it it was amazing
First Day Jitters is about a new girl at school who doesn't want to go. She is nervous she won't have any friends. Mr. Hartwell convinces her to finally go to school. We learn at the end of the book that the "student" is actually the teacher. I would use this book on the first day of school. We could talk about how the students may be nervous and how we can get the "jitters" out. It can go along with the "jitter juice" activity.
Heather Moore
Dec 07, 2016 Heather Moore rated it really liked it
I choose First Day Jitters as my realistic fiction book. This book would be appropriate for preschool or kindergarten age students. First day jitters will enhance the reader or listeners social emotion skills by helping them to understand that everyone is nervous about starting a new school. I did not find any content that would be concerning to parents. First Day Jitters tells the story of Sarah Hartwell, who doesn't want to start a new school.
Hannah Jane
Nov 22, 2016 Hannah Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-fiction
90% of my love for this book is based entirely on the surprise ending, which I won't spoil. I read it several times through to see if there were any hints about the surprise ending and I couldn't find any. It is so wonderfully written, and kids will love it and probably laugh even louder and longer than I did.
Oct 15, 2016 Bre rated it it was amazing
This story is so good just for it being a children's book. I read it with my niece and I loved it more than she did lol. The plot and theme is so great and relatable: everyone has been nervous about going to school on the first day. The story has a little twist to it. You think Sarah is a student but she is a teacher who has first day jitters.
Lauren Wood
Sep 29, 2016 Lauren Wood rated it really liked it
Shelves: el230
This is a very fun book with a well detailed story line. The ending has a little twist that you do not expect which can make the readers think more about the clues they were given throughout the book as to what the ending could be. I would say this book would be best for second and third graders with the help of a teacher so it we can be sure they fully understand the plot.
Kaitlyn Ramirez
Mar 21, 2015 Kaitlyn Ramirez rated it liked it
Kaitlyn Ramirez:

First Day Jitters
By: Julie Danneberg

First Day Jitters is a book anyone can relate to no matter what age, we all get this when something new in our life comes up. Whether it be going to your first day at school as a teacher, or as a student entering a new school for the first time. In this book the author has the reader thinking that Sara is the student, and so Mr. Hartfield goes in to wake up his daughter as the book presumes us readers to think and yet she doesn’t want to get o
May 27, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun book because everyone on the planet can relate: a parent, a student, a teacher or a principal understands those emotions completely. The first day of school is exciting but also can be very scary. Everyone finds it hard to sleep the night before and they try to imagine in their head all night long what that first day will look like.

Will the teacher be nice? Will the kids accept me and be my friends? Will I miss my bus or .... horrors of horrors.... forget my lunch on the kit
Jun 11, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Illustrated by Judy Love
Published 2000
Fiction, picture book

Sarah Jane Hartwell does not want to get out of bed. She does not want to start over in a new school. She is worried about making new friends and nobody liking her. Mr. Hartwell finally is able to convince her to go to school. As they pull up to the school, the principal Mrs. Burton, leads Sarah through the crowded hallways and shows her, her classroom. Mrs. Burton introduces Sarah to the class. "Class I would like you to meet…y
Cullen Howard
Summary: The book "First Day Jitters” follows Sarah as she complains about not wanting to go the first day at a new school. Mr. Hartwell makes her go, but she is very hesitant. Once she is dropped off at school, the principle greets her, escorts her to her class, and introduces her to the kids. But instead of being a student, as we are led to believe, she turns out to be the new teacher.

Characteristics That Support the Genre: This book falls into both contemporary realistic fiction and picture b
Cleo White
Nov 30, 2015 Cleo White rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
Sarah Jane Hartwell is terrified to go to her new school. She has to be practically dragged out of bed to get to school. After going through all of the rigmarole of getting ready—she has arrived! Sarah continues to complain up until the moment she enters the classroom. Finally, she is introduced—as Mrs. Hartwell, the new teacher!!

This is a story that any child and teacher can relate to! Each page is filled with the anxiety and anticipation that comes with the first day of school. When I first re
Maggie Burgess
Sep 16, 2016 Maggie Burgess rated it really liked it
Nervous students (and even those who aren't) will be able to relate to this one (and to the people in their life!) and will love this! Anything to make kids feel not so alone on day one is great! Need to get a copy of this for my classroom! (Would make a great gift for new teachers!)
Sep 12, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is realistic fiction. This is about a girl moving to a new school. Even though students find it exciting to go back to school it's much more difficult for those who are new. This teaches students that everyone gets nervous. This will be a great lesson for students to get to know one another. You can also talk about your experience and use text to self or text to world. You can talk about emotions and a certain time someone might have felt nervous. You may also mention a way to help others ...more
Melanie Berthiaume
Aug 02, 2015 Melanie Berthiaume rated it really liked it
Shelves: edli-200

First Day Jitters
By Julie Danneberg
Illustrated by Judy Love

Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Tumblebook

Estimate of age level of interest: 5-9

Estimate of reading level: Grades K-3 (Guided Reading Level L)

Brief description: Picture book story of first day of school nerves with a surprise ending.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre(s) and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book:
This book works better as a Tumblebook than as a regular picture book in m
Jun 03, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
Opening: When you woke up this morning how did you feel? (Turn and tell) What did you partner say? I bet a lot of people felt nervous or scared. Why would someone feel scared? If you weren't nervous this morning, when was a time that you did feel nervous? What do people do when they are nervous?

In the story we are going to read today, First Day Jitters, we are going to meet a character named Sarah. Now in the title I see a new word, "jitters." What do you think jitters means? Use the cover to h
Jul 23, 2009 Lv2readB rated it it was amazing
Danneberg, J. (2000). First day jitters. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.

Sarah doesn’t want to go to school on her first day. She has “first day jitters”! Mr. Hartwell continues to encourage Sarah to go to her new school, but Sarah is reluctant and afraid. The full-page illustrations by Judy Love are colorful and engaging, and don’t show Sarah’s face until she arrives at her new classroom, where the reader is in for a surprise.

Horn Book Guide 9/1/2000
Library Talk 5/1/2000
Li Or
May 05, 2015 Li Or rated it liked it

About the story:
We follow Sarah on her first morning back to school, but we start off with her hiding beneath the covers, refusing to go to school, and as you go through the book, we never get to see Sarah other than a toe here or the top of her head there. Our attention and curiosity to see what Sarah looks like keeps us reading until the very end, and when we do finally get to see Sarah on the final page, there's a fun plot twist which is sure to make you smile!

It's not so much a story as
Mar 15, 2013 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Sara and her father, and Sara’s first day of school. She is still in bed and her father tries to wake her up several times but she doesn’t want to go to school because she thinks that the children will not like her and she doesn’t have any friends at this new school. Finally Sara comes downstairs and is dressed and ready to go to school. Her father drives her to school and when they arrive the principal shows Sara to her classroom. You’ll have to read the b
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