First Year Letters

By Julie Danneberg; Judy Love (Illustrator)
(Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580890847, 32pp.)

Publication Date: February 2003

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Description
In this sequel to FIRST DAY JITTERS, Sarah Jane Hartwell has gotten up her courage and has gone to teach school. And as every first year teacher knows, a classroom full of second graders can be alarmingly unpredictable.
The key to eventual success is the classroom post office Sarah Jane establishes. The letters the children write to Mrs. Hartwell are sympathetic ("I figured you might be a little scared, just like me"); informative (" most kids don't eat cauliflower"); encouraging ("Yesterday was THE BEST "); and apologetic ("I'm sorry about throwing up all over your shoes"). Even the custodian and the principal write to Sarah Jane.
Teachers and children alike will identify with Mrs. Hartwell as she navigates her first year. And many classes will be inspired to write letters about their own experiences.



About the Author
Julie Danneberg, a third-generation Colorado native, grew up listening to stories about her grandmother, a miner's daughter, and her great-grandmother, an Irish immigrant turned miner's wife. Love of these women and their stories started her lifelong admiration of all courageous women of the West. Danneberg lives in Denver with her husband and their two children.

Judy Love was born in Framingham, Virginia, and earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975. Her works include the illustrations for " I'd Chose You", "There's a Duck in My Closet", " The Treasure Tree", and " Spider Sisters", all written by John Trent. Judy lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Alan, and her two sons, Matt and Tom.
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