About the book:
Title/Author: The Big Test / Julie Danneberg
Genre: Children’s Books
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Date of publish: July 2011
Pages:  32
Recommended Ages:  6-9
Book Links: Amazon The Big Test (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures)
/ Goodreads / Barnes & Noble Riffle / IndieBound


9781580893619_p0_v2_s192x300Mrs. Hartwell’s Class has worked hard all school year and it has come down to the last big test. Mrs. Hartwell takes her class through the skills they will need to be successful on the test. Can they sit still and properly fill in the bubbles? Do they know what that a good breakfast is important? By the day of the practice test all of her student are anxious and nervous and have visited the school nurse and poor Mrs. Hartwell is feeling very bad for them.

I am the mom of anxious test taker. The poor kid gets so nervous, he is often not capable of showing what he knows. In a public school culture where the test is the culmination of the school year, this humorous look at Mrs. Hartwell’s class happens all too often and it would a terrific jumping off point to discuss with students that those big tests they dread don’t have to be scary. It shows the most important part of learning, how to have fun with it.

While the story is charming and quite fun, the star of the book is the illustration by Judy Love. Brightly colored in vivid detail, Mrs. Hartwell and her students practically leap off the pages. This is a wonderful class library shelf book for grades 1-3.

5 stars

I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


Goodreads Summary:

Mrs. Hartwell is preparing her class to take the Big Test. Knowing they have studied and are well-prepared, she helps the students practice how to sit quietly, fill in the bubbles, and follow the directions. She even instructs them on proper morning-of-the-test nutrition. As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all: learning to relax!

About The Author: From http://www.juliedanneberg.com/
Julie_9-330Let’s see….you probably want to find out a little bit about me. Well, I live in Denver with my incredibly intelligent and handsome husband! (He made me say that) Besides writing I work as a middle school teacher. I really like to teach and of course, being around kids all day gives me LOTS and LOTS of ideas! Sometimes I even make…I mean ask…my students to read my stories and give me ideas for improvement.

I have lots of hobbies. I LOVE to read, garden, bike, travel, listen to music and sew. Sometimes, if I’m really lucky, I can do more than one hobby at a time. I like working on a quilt while I’m flying on an airplane and I listen to music while I garden. I still haven’t figured out how to read while I ride my bike, though. If I do, I’ll let you know!

As you might have noticed, I don’t have tons of time to write. So, I get up VERY early every morning and spend the first hour of my day writing. Sometimes I’m just coming up with ideas, sometimes I’m revising and editing an old story, and sometimes I’m drafting a new story. Whatever I do, working in my writer’s notebook is always a peaceful, creative way to start my day.
If I have time, I try to work in the evenings, but no matter what, I work every morning, seven days a week. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish in an hour a day.


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