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First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures)

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First Day Jitters

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
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
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
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.
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
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
Anne Marie
Oct 12, 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!
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.
Jan 24, 2017 Janina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdg-350
This story is about a character named Sarah who is terribly nervous about the first day at her new school. She worries about not knowing anyone and the challenges that lay ahead. With much support though she is finally ready for her first day. I loved this book. It was so cute and the ending was fantastic. I will definitely have this in my class library. I can see this book being used on the first day of class to calm the nerves of not just the students, but the teacher as well. It's a good way ...more
Juliette Hernandez
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Jun 01, 2017 Rick rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
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Mar 22, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it
Plot/Setting: problem/solution
Characters: character feelings (being worried)
Theme: being brave to try something new
Vocabulary: tumbled, stumbled, fumbled (shades of meaning; word play)--trudge, moan, sighed, tunneled, slumped (verbs to convey mood)

N&N: Fiction--A-ha moments!
Hannah Jane
Nov 15, 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.
Shelby Ray
Feb 28, 2017 Shelby Ray added it
Shelves: rdng-350
First Day Jitters is about a girl afraid to go to school as most people on there first day are. Mr. Hartwell has to pull her out of bed. The girl begging to moan and groan about how well she doesn't feel. Mr. Hartwell explains the very one feels this way and takes her to school. She is greeted by the principal whom she has to rush to keep up with. Entering the classroom all the other kids are seated and she is nervous as the principal introduces the girl, Mrs. Hartwell the new teacher.

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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
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
Sep 01, 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
Melanie Berthiaume
Jul 23, 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
May 31, 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 11, 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
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
Aug 30, 2009 Nadia rated it really liked it
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Violet Lewis
Jan 19, 2012 Violet Lewis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emotional-health
This is an excellent book about emotional health! It teaches children many concepts about understanding some feelings. It also teaches emotional concepts to young children to help them understand that everyone (including adults) has these feelings!

Learning experience: LD5j- Children will identify and connect information and events to real-life experiences.

I would use this book to teach children about different emotions they have experienced in life. I will get several pictures of children with f
Samantha Hagler
Jan 23, 2013 Samantha Hagler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-themed
This colorful children's book is about a girl named Sarah Jane Hartwell, who has bad jitters about the first day of school. She is really nervous because it is a new school and she doesn't know anyone. She refuses to get out of bed, until Mr. Hartwell finally makes her. He drives her to school as Sarah is still complaining about being sick. At the end, the author throws a twist in the book when the reader realizes that Sarah is actually a teacher on her first day of class!

This book was very ente
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
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