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Bought this for grand starting kindergarten in the fall. I read through it. Pictures and storey are good. Grand is very shy so don’t know if message is good or scary to know teacher is scared too (spoiler alert).
I really like this book and read it every year on the first day of school to my second grade classes! It's a great way to start a class discussion and make the kids feel comfortable and that it's normal to be nervous on the first day. We share how each of us felt that first day and things we were nervous about like not knowing anyone. The story is about Sarah Jane Hartwell who starts the book in bed with the pillow over her head telling who we think is her father that she doesn't want to go and start over and that she's worried no one will like her. She finally gets out of bed and dressed and tries to hide in the car slouched down when the principal comes over and says they were wondering where she was and that she'd walk her to class since she's new. The book has a surprise ending when we find out that Sarah is the TEACHER and nervous about starting at a new school with a new class.
I bought this in my first year of teaching and it summed up how I was feeling and of course as most teachers are, I get nervous on the first day even though I've been teaching for years. The kids in class always love knowing that even teachers get nervous about the new school year and students - it makes teachers seem more human and relateable to the kids, which I really like.
I'm giving this 4 stars because the illustrations are HIDEOUS. The colors are fine and so are the background details, but the illustrations make the people's faces look distorted, exaggerated, and frightening. I also didn't like that the teacher says she'll "hate" her new school several times - I don't think that's the best choice of words so I replace that word when I read it aloud each year.
Overall, this is a great book to start the school year with!
This is a great book and quality. However, not quite worth 5 stars... I bought the hard cover version to buy for my classroom read aloud. The sleeve covering the book was all scratched up and not in new condition from the box. It was an easy fix and I just took the book cover off. But, it was disappointing to pay for a new book to not have it come in new condition.
This is a really cute book and my preschooler enjoys it. The word hate is used several times, with young enough children you can change the word when you read the book, but that probably doesn't work with older kids. Overall, though, it's a pretty cute book.
This is my first year teaching 3rd grade and read this to my class at the beginning of the year. Everyone is nervous on the first day of school and this helps the kids remember that the teacher is probably nervous too. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is only because a lot of teachers read this on the first day of school and many of my kids had already heard it, but they still enjoyed the story. I would recommend it, even for older grades it would be a fun read aloud.
Love this book! It is a one of the best books to read on the first day of school. I was not happy about the packaging. The cover is damaged due to the other items in the box. I would have given a 5 star.