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First Day Jitters

(Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures)

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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  5,402 ratings  ·  545 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 i ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Charlesbridge Publishing (first published January 1st 2000)
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 01, 2016 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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Tracy Morton
Sep 28, 2016 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.
Erin
Jan 25, 2012 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
Glenna
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about me today! I loved the surprise ending.
Steve Holden
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I began my 10th year in education today with a new classroom full of eager, excited, and nervous second graders. This story is a wonderful one to connect the feelings of students and teachers alike as a new journey of a school year begins on the very first day. I love connecting the feeling and sentiment offered in this book to my students as we always begin. This is certainly a classic book and a perfect one for any student at the beginning of a new school year.
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
Anne Marie
Oct 12, 2016 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!
Sheila
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book to start the year! Love the ending!
Shelle Perry
Sarah Jane Hartwell does not want to go to the first day of school. She is new and she doesn’t know anyone. Mr. Hartwell does a good job to convince her to get moving anyway, and a meeting with the principal when she gets to school helps to smooth the way to a delightfully fun ending.

Everyone, at some point, has felt this way about the first day whether they were new or not. Danneberg has a witty talent for capturing the classroom in a way that makes it accessible and fun for kids an
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Storywraps
May 27, 2015 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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Sarah
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Summary: Everyone's nervous on the first day of school, right? But that doesn't mean you get to skip it! Follow Sarah in her struggle to get the motivation to get to her first day at school.
Evaluation: This simple book is great for lower grades. It is easy to add voices and use appropriate tone. It can easily be used as a book to practice student reading fluency because the words aren't too hard.
Teaching Idea: You could use this text for lower grades to help teach summarizing stories in t
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Katie
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Janina
Jan 24, 2017 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
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 also appr ...more
Book
Nov 17, 2008 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.
Autumn
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic
1. Awards received: This book has won the 2001 Storytelling World Award.

2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for kindergarten to grade 3.

3. Summary: Sarah Jane Hartwell has to face a fear that most of us have had to experience—starting over at a new school. Mr. Hartwell is trying to get Sarah out of bed, from under the covers, but she is very reluctant to do so. He reminds her how much she liked her other school and asks her to think fo all the new frie
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Aleah Johnson
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This story begins by introducing a girl named Sarah who doesn't want to go to her first day of school. Mr. Hartwell tries to wake her and tell her she needs to get up and start getting ready for school. Sarah starts making up any excuses she can to get out of going: doesn't like her new school, her head hurts, etc. But, eventually she gets out of bed and prepares for her first day at her new school. She is welcomed by the principal and taken to her class. The end has a super fun su
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Emily Cappiello
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg; published by Charlesbridge Publishing Inc.; Watertown MA; copyright 2000.

1. Awards the book has received: This book has not received any awards.

2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children from Preschool- 2nd grade.

3. Summary: Sarah Hartwell is very nervous for her first day of school. She doesn’t want to start at a new school because she doesn’t know anyone and is not used to it yet. Once she fin
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Elli Kyprianou
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Name of Book and Author: First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

1. Awards the book has received: 2001 Storytelling World Award

2. Appropriate Grade Level(s): Good for anyone, but I would say K-5

3. Summary: Sara Hartwell faces a fear that most of us have faced before. She is scared and doesn’t want to start over at her new school. Mr. Hartwell persuades her to get out of bed. Sara finally puts herself together and gets to school. We are surprised at the end of the
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Samantha Deibler
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
First Day Jitters is a great picture book that keeps readers attention! This book is about a girl named Sarah, who is extremely nervous about her first day of school. Sarah doesn't even want to leave the counted! Mr. Hartwell tells Sarah she is being silly and has to attend her first day. While reading this couldn't wait to see if Sarah decided to go to school and if she did what her classmates thought of her! The use of Tone is important throughout this book, this is because Mr. Hartwell has a ...more
Alexis Crespo
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
1. No awards
2. Appropriate Grade Level(s): Preschool-3rd Grade
3. Sarah Hartwell dreads going to her first day of school. She complains that she will not like it or that she wont make any friends. She is also afraid that she won't be liked. Mr. Hartwell drags her out of bed and makes her go to school. He helps Sarah to get acquainted and she is greeted by Ms. Burton, the principal. Mr. Burton brings her to her new class where she gets the grand introduction...as any new teacher deserv
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Kaitlyn Day
Oct 07, 2019 added it
Shelves: books-1-20
Summary: First Day Jitters is about a little girl, Sarah, who makes up every excuse to not have to go to school because she is starting at a new school. Her parents are not happy and are trying to make her get out of bed to go to school. Once they get to the school, Sarah, feels sick because she is so nervous. Will Sarah go to school, or will she stay home?

Evaluation: I absolutely love this book because my supervisor gave it to me last year to carry with me throughout my teaching car
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Jennifer Godfrey
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-20
Summary: This story starts out with Sarah Jane Hartwell not wanting to go to her new school. Se find excuses not to go and tries everything to convince her Dad to let her stay home. Her Dad isn't having any of it and he forces her to go to school. When she arrives she is greeted by her new class and the principal. She is still super nervous and it is revealed at the end (SPOILER) that she is in fact the new teacher of that class!

Evaluation: This book is super cute and a great first d
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Kimberly Magrady
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone can relate to this adorable children's book. We all get first day jitters! This story is about Sarah and Mr. Hartwell. Sarah is incredibly nervous for her first day of school. Mr. Hartwell has to basically drag her out of bed so she can get to school on time. Once Sarah gets to school, the principal gives her a warm welcome and walks her to her classroom. The ending was quite a surprise and it was adorable! I loved it!
The cover caught my eye because the art is quite different from o
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Jessica Harnish
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic
First Day Jitters begins the story by making you believe it is a little girl named Sarah that does not want to go to her new school. She is so nervous and afraid of what people might think of her there. However, the end of the story reveals that it is actually the teacher, Mrs. Hartwell, who was nervous to start the school year.

I LOVE this book! I read this story on the first day of school every year. My little students often come in very nervous and it's comforting for them to know
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Jennifer Colley
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Day Jitters is the story of Sarah Janes first day of school and how she doesn't want to go. This story is realistic fiction because even though Sarah Jane isn't a real person and this isn't a true story. The story mirrors the real feelings children get on their first day of school. Sarah gives real problems as she tries to convince Mr. Hartwell that she cannot go to school, she feels sick, or that she can't go because she doesn't know anyone there which are all excuses we've tried to use b ...more
Cole Bearrow
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-3090-21-30

Summary


First day Jitters is a wonderful story that focuses on how nervous someone is for the first day of school and the author makes it appear that it is a young student. At the end it is revealed that it is actually a teacher who is nervous about the first day of school

Evaluation


This book is award winning for its illustrations and it does a great job of making the reader believe that it is from the point of view of a scared young child. This could be a good opportunity to have the children make predict/>

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Zoe Supina
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Jane is reluctant to get out of bed on the morning of the first day at a new school. As she lays in bed she goes through everything that’s wrong with her school: she doesn’t know anyone, it’s going to be hard, and she just plain hates it. After much insistence from her father, Sarah Jane finally gets out of bed and goes to school. When she arrives, she stand in front of the class and introduces herself as Ms. Hartwell, their new teacher.

First Day Jitters is a funny and relatabl
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Mariah Wright
First Day Jitters is about a girl named Sarah on the first day of school who was too nervous to go. She had trouble getting out of bed and did not want to eat breakfast. When she finally got in the car she was scared on the way to school. When she got to school she was more terrified, she was worried of what others what think of her. When she gets to her classroom turns out Sarah wasn't a student she was the teacher. This is a great social emotional book. One of my favorite stories. The ending i ...more
Carly
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching-reading

“First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg”, published by Charlesbridge Publishing; copyright 2000

1. Awards: No Awards
2. Appropriate grade level: K-2nd grade
3. Summary: Mr. Hartwell tries his best to get Sarah out of bed for her first day of school. No matter how hard he tries, Sarah claims that she’s feeling super nervous about her first day. In the end, it turns out that Sarah is the teacher of a new class!
4. Review: This book is super fun, I really enjoyed it! A lot of c
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