A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Summer Jackson: Grown Up shows two parents' hands-on approach to teaching their child a lesson about the perks of childhood and the pitfalls of adulthood. Kids will see that being a kid is a lot more carefree.
For kids: Be a kid while you're a kid and don't be in such a hurry to grow up and act like an adult. For parents: Find a creative way to help your kid learn a lesson in a way she will understand, while showing your love, support, and understanding.
Positive Role Models
While Summer is precocious, she is not disrespectful like many kids portrayed in books, TV shows, and movies. She is relatable and fun -- kids will be able to see themselves in Summer. Her mom and dad are also good role models because they take time to find creative ways to approach a teachable moment while reinforcing their love for their daughter.
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.
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.
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