If you enjoyed Sherrill Cannon's award winning "The Magic Word" and "Peter and the Whimper Whineys," then you are sure to love the next in her series of tales all about manners. Reminiscent of the "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" books by Betty MacDonald that I enjoyed as a child, "Gimme-Jimmy" will help you teach your children about sharing with a fable about a little boy whose hand grows everytime he says "Gimme!"
Like her other stories, Sherrill Cannon uses rhyme in this book, and is very explicit about what misbehaviour needs to be corrected. A kind parent figure, and a negative side effect are also commonalities between books. If you have a child who is having trouble sharing, this may be the perfect book to talk to them about what happens when we choose not to share. Your hand may not literally get bigger, but other kids won't want to share with you, and you will end up feeling just as stuck and alone as the character in the book.
Book for Children Ages: 4 years old to 6 years old
Activities for Kids:
- Help your child sort through their toys. See if there are any that they have outgrown that they would like to donate to a local charity.
- Trace your childs hand on a piece of paper. Think together of positive things that you can do with your hands and write one on each finger. Then decorate with stickers, markers, or glitter and hang on the wall to remind us to always have kind hands.
- Get out a snack like chocolate candies, raisins, carrot circles, or anything else where there are several. Have your child evenly divide the pile of snacks for the number of people sharing them. You can also do this excercise in a variety of different ways (such as by adding imaginary people, or starting with several piles of different amounts and redistributing them to be even) in order to build basic math and counting skills.
Cultural Diversity: This book shows a good diversity of characters - including some of those who have appeared in earlier tales.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4 Stars - Beneficial Book*