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First Day Jitters

Everyone knows the jumble of feelings as the first day of school approaches — especially if it's the first day at a new school. In this lighthearted picture book, Sarah is having the first day jitters and doesn't want to get out of bed, despite Mr. Hartwell's gentle coaxing and reassuring words. “I don’t know anybody, and it will be hard,” she wails.

With great reluctance, she finally gets up, has breakfast, and heads to school, where the principal introduces her to her new classroom as "Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell" — the teacher! Kids will giggle at this story that reminds them that it's not just students who are nervous on the first day of school. The 20th anniversary edition of this beloved book even includes a "first day" certificate to fill out for the new student!

For more books about preparing kids of all ages for school, visit our Mighty Girl School Stories collection.

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"When [Mr. Hartwell] reminds her how much she liked her other school and asks her to think of all the new friends she'll meet, she imagines a classroom where a paper airplane is flying, a boy is pulling his neighbor's pigtail, and another is blowing a gigantic bubble... The joke provides a good laugh and children may find it reassuring that they are not alone in their anxieties about new situations." — Cahners Business Information

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Julie Danneberg
Illustrator Judith Dufour Love
ISBN 158089061X
Publication Date Mar 1, 2000
Publisher Whispering Coyote Press
Language English