Summer Jackson: Grown Up
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Summer Jackson: Grown Up is about a little girl who thinks she's ready for adulthood, as she perceives it. There is nothing inappropriate in this lively picture book featuring a spunky main character and her loving, understanding parents, who trade places with Summer to show her what being an adult is really like. It could be a good conversation starter for precocious kids who are frustrated with typical age-related restrictions and like to test their boundaries.
What's the story?
Summer Jackson is 7 years old and already tired of being a kid. She feels she's ready to be a grownup and has the cell phone, briefcase, and high heels to prove it. After Summer takes her new consulting business a little too far on the playground, her parents hatch a plan to help her rediscover the joys of childhood -- by switching places with her! Will Summer begin to enjoy being a kid again, or is the responsibility of adulthood really what she wants?
Is it any good?
This is a really cute and funny book -- from the humorous interactions between characters to the adorable and lively illustrations. It's short enough for young readers not to be overwhelmed, and the story and pictures are engaging enough to keep them entertained. It's also a great book for parents to read during story time.
Summer's infectious personality and spunk makes it easy to fall in love with her, and the way she portrays being a grownup is hilarious. It reminds parents that their kids are always watching and absorbing the best (or worst) of their behavior. The book has an easy pace and also shows the less serious side of parenting as Summer's mom and dad get creative in bringing out their inner kid.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it really means to be a grownup. What are the best parts of being an adult? What are the difficult parts? What are the best things about being a kid? What makes it hard sometimes? Are you ready to grow up already?
Would you like a new, more grown-up responsibility or privilege? What age do you think is right for getting a cell phone?
If you could switch with your parents for a day and go to work instead of school and the playground, would you want to?