cover image First Year Letters

First Year Letters

Julie Danneberg. Charlesbridge Publishing, $16.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-1-58089-084-7

Mrs. Harwell from First Day Jitters (1982) returns for another chaotic school year in First Year Letters by Julie Danneberg, illus. by Judy Love. The narrative consists of letters that the students write to their teacher (sent via the classroom post office), candidly commenting on a variety of incidents. Eddie apologizes for throwing up on her shoes; Margaret compliments the teacher for leaping over a railing ""like a real track star"" to straighten up a stuffed buffalo while on a museum field trip.