Sarah is hiding under her covers as Mr. Hartwell asks, "You don't want to miss the first day at your new school, do you?" From under the blanket she replies, "I'm not going." When he 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.
Mr. Hartwell finally gets Sarah to stumble out of bed, eat a bit of toast, and get into the car where she slumps down into her seat. At school, the principal cheerfully welcomes her and takes her to the classroom where she is introduced as "Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell," the new teacher. The joke provides a good laugh and children may find it reassuring that they are not alone in their anxieties about new situations.
Praise for First Day Jitters
"A fresh twist on an annual crisis suffered by millions: the arrival of that dread day in September when school starts." — Kirkus