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First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
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Jan 25, 12

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 with a humorous surprise at the end.

This book can be used as a reflective tool for student's entering their own first day of school. With the fears of Sarah Jane clearly detailed and described, many children will have no problem relating to these feelings. By using this interactive story in the classroom, a teacher can help students express their feelings towards the first day of school, and help conquer their fears. Along with relating the character to students, teachers can use the surprise at the end of the story to explain to children that the same fears and feelings can be held by adults as well, and even teachers.

I thought the end of the story was an enthralling surprise, and I was able to relate to the character and the theme. I was struck by the amount of detail put into each illustration within the story, and how each page could be used to involve children within the story. The main characters' picture is never shown in any of the illustrations, except for the very last one. I think this technique can also be useful in drawing student participation when reading the story. Student's will find this fun, and it will help teacher's be creative in stretching out the message this colorful story gives.
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