I have the pleasure to review Gimme-Jimmy this year for the MCCBD that falls on January 27th 2016. The MCCBD mission is not only to spread the word about children's book diversity, but also to include multicultural books into classrooms. Book reviews is one way to support this initiative.
By Sherill S. Cannon
Ilustrations by Kalpart
Published by Strategic Book Publishing and
Gimme-Jimmy is the perfect book to be used during bullying prevention week at school, at home or any time you need to go over social skills/manners with children. And I mean children of all ages!
There is always one (or more than one) student in the classroom who needs help socializing with other children, or needs help learning how to be kind to others. Teaching with the example is one way to do it and this book introduces real life examples.
What I liked about this book is that the setting and characters are school related, so it is easy for children to identify themselves with the story. The ways in which the main character shows his behavior and manners are very realistic, and what happens to him as a consequence of his behaviors it is very funny indeed.
Since the book is written in rhyme and the vocabulary is easy for children, it is fun for a read aloud or per reading. The illustrations show diversity with children of different race. The family setting encourages the participation of the male role as a guidance, giving a break to the female role from the teaching duties.
Gimme-Jimmy is a very good book to keep in all classrooms libraries and at home for future reference.
As I help to keep children engaged with the topic, I have created a product in Spanish. You can find it in my store in TPT. The file contains a mini book to write about friends and get to know new ones. The booklet can be used as a beginning of the school year activity, Valentine's Day or at any time you want.
Another product you might find helpful to use is "Adjetivos y Emociones" which teaches children identify the different names for emotions and adjetives to describe their feelings. You can find it here.
Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter, Facebook and their website.
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