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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 i ...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
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Erin
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 wi ...more
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 n ...more
Katie
Jan 25, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
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Bridget
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
Sarah (Books Before Bandaids)
Aug 20, 2016 Sarah (Books Before Bandaids) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I think that I have used First Day Jitters every year that I have taught. My students love the universal dread of starting something new and students who have ever been new to a school can relate to that feeling of not wanting to start over, the fear of no one liking them. But what really captures their attention is the unique twist at the end, when scared Sarah Jane Hartwell, turns out to be not just new to school, but actually the teacher. The author, Julie Danneberg, writes this in a really c ...more
Ellen Klock
Jul 03, 2015 Ellen Klock rated it really liked it
First Day Jitters written by Julie Danneberg and illustrated Judy Love, is a great niche book for that first day back to school in September, perfect for any grade level. Miss Sarah Jane Hartwell does not want to go to her new school. She'd rather stay in bed under the covers when the clock strikes 6 am, but her father insists she face the music. With a piece of toast and a lunchbox in her hand, Sarah's father drives her to school where she is met by the principal, Mrs Burton who introduces her ...more
Marilyn
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
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Li Or
May 05, 2015 Li Or rated it liked it
3.5/5

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
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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
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Ashley
Jun 11, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Illustrated by Judy Love
Published 2000
Fiction, picture book

Summary:
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
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Lauren
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
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Clara Hamilton
Oct 22, 2014 Clara Hamilton rated it really liked it
This book is about moving, the first day of school, and the jitters that we associate with it. It follows the morning of Sara, who does not want to get up, or go to school, or go to her class. She is very nervous to meet new people in her class, and since she does not know anyone, make new friends. Finally, Mr. Hartwell coaxes her out of bed and into the school. Then her day starts.

The theme of this is moving, and being brave in new circumstances.

This book would be perfect for the beginning of t
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Lule
Apr 07, 2016 Lule rated it liked it
1) No awards received.

2) Appropriate for grade levels K-2nd grade.

3) This story is about a girls first day of school. She absolutely refuses to go to school. She does everything, even fights with her dad not to go. When she finally decides to go the surprise is she is the teacher and it is her first day!

4) Students will love this just for the simple fact that they will be able to relate to this story. Everyone has had that experience once in their life of being nervous on the first day of scho
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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
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Christine
Jun 07, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend any classroom teacher read this on the first day of school. As a matter of fact, this is a great book to read for a first time anything? Kids will definitely be able to make multiple connections from this story. This is also a really great ice breaker.

Sarah is having a tough time adjusting to a new school. Actually, she's having a tough time even getting out of bed to get dressed and go to the new school! Mr. Hartwell (SPOILER! turns out to
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Christina Martin
Apr 29, 2015 Christina Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
First Day Jitters written by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by Judy Love is truly a great children’s book. It is about a girl named Sarah who is scared to attend the first day of school. A man named Mr. Hartwell does everything he can to get her out of bed and to get her to school. She eventually goes, and the reader discovers that she is the teacher, not a student!!! This book is great because it tricks the reader into thinking she is a student by the text and by the way the illustrations are ...more
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
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Courtney Gregory
Apr 07, 2014 Courtney Gregory rated it really liked it
First Day Jitters is written by Julie Danneberg. This book is about a girl who is scared to go to class on the first day. She makes up excuse after excuse as to why she did not want to go to school. She was scared of a new building and new teachers and new friends. She didn’t know anyone which was very nerve racking. In a cute twist on the very last page, Sarah whom we all assume is a student, turns out to be a teacher who is nervous. This sends a great message to the students about how everyone ...more
Amelia
Jun 27, 2014 Amelia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching-reading
First Day Jitters is written and illustrated from the perspective of the main character, an individual who is nervous for the start of her first day of school. This is the perfect way to start off a school year. Children will relate to and laugh at the main character’s crazy thoughts and emotions as she gets ready for her first day of school. What they will enjoy even more, is the story’s humorous and surprising twist.

This story is a great read aloud for an elementary school classroom. It’s a w
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Book
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.
Maddy Spoon
Apr 29, 2015 Maddy Spoon rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book was given to me as a gift by my practicum teacher. It is a cute book about the first day of school with a twist. I will definitely read this book to my class every day on the first day because it is a silly story that shows how everyone is nervous on the first day. I like the illustrations in this book because they are very vibrant and have a lot of details that add to the goofiness of the story. The end of the story is basically guaranteed to make the class giggle because at the end o ...more
Monica A
Dec 05, 2014 Monica A rated it it was amazing
Everyone experiences first day jitters whether it be for their first day of school or their first day at a new job. What a charming story this is breaking down the feelings most people would have in Sarah Jane's situation. While reading, I nodded in agreement with the feelings that Sarah Jane had and this goes to show children that everyone experiences first day jitters including teachers as well. The story came with, what i thought, was an unexpected twist that I think was fantastic to help any ...more
Rebecca Ashley Teague
In this story, Sarah Jane is nervous about her first day at a brand new school. Her father tries to calm her nerves. After a lot of discussion, Sarah realizes she has to be at school for the very first day. The ending of the story has a surprising and funny twist that students will love. The story is easy for any child and adult to relate to because everyone gets first day jitters. I will use this story on the first day of school as an icebreaker and to help calm the nerves of my students. I wil ...more
Jennifer Gass
Jul 28, 2016 Jennifer Gass rated it it was amazing
"First Day Jitters" is a story that deals with those typical nervous feelings everyone endures when beginning something new. Sarah Jane Hartwell is nervous and scared about her first day of school. As the book comes to an end readers will be rather surprised about who the real Sarah Jane Hartwell is. I personally love this book and feel that is the perfect read aloud story to use during the first week of school.
Students and teachers will both relate to Sarah's apprehensive feelings. When used
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Glenna
Aug 20, 2013 Glenna rated it it was amazing
This is a book about me today! I loved the surprise ending.
Cortney Perkins
Sep 02, 2015 Cortney Perkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empathy-feelings
This is a great book to read on the first day of school for any grade level. Children and adults can relate to all the emotions that are felt in this book. The illustrations are bright and detailed to keep students entertained. The book is about how a student does not want to go to school because she is scared. It has a surprise at the end too that everyone will love. I will definitely share this book with my students on the first day of school. I think it will help them to identify that everyon ...more
Mary Berelson
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 r ...more
Michelle
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 n ...more
Martin Stevens
Sep 04, 2016 Martin Stevens rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 544
As a teacher, I've found it effective during relationship building to help my students realize that I go through many of the same things they do, including nerves, making mistakes, etc. This book was recommended to me by a colleague and reading it for my class this year gave me an opportunity to show them that I was just as nervous as they were, and that we are "in this together". I think this book can be very effective for first day readings, and it is equally as entertaining on re-reads once y ...more
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