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The Perfect Gift highlights a family of inventors with unique STEM skills. The storefront names in Cobbleton's mimic those found in the film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and pay tribute to inventions created by African Americans throughout history. An explanation of the notable achievements of these often forgotten pioneers is in the back of the book.
Family is the best gift of all. Anything is possible if you just believe. If you work together, you can make magic. Science, math, and imagination can open up a whole new world of inventions. Sometimes the things you want are things you already have.
Positive Role Models
Journey, Jessica, and Jeronicus are all positive role models due to their ingenuity, love of math and science, and commitment to being a family. The African American inventors highlighted in the book are also quite inspiring.
The book depicts a talented, skilled, loving African American family and a diverse cast of characters. Themes of love and community are present in the story. The book also highlights African American inventors in history.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Perfect Gift: Jingle Jangle, Book 2 is a sequel to the holiday picture book The Square Root of Possible: Jingle Jangle, Book 1, featuring characters from the 2020 Netflix film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. The positivity, imagination, and diversity from the film carries over into this story. Readers follow along a whimsical tale with the Jangle family and their new robot creation, Buddy 3000, at Christmastime. Award-winning, husband and wife writing duo Lyn Sisson-Talbert and David E. Talbert, along with illustrator Ashley Evans, bring the world of the hit film to life in this delightful holiday story.
Is It Any Good?
This warm and inventive Christmas story serves as a reminder of the true meaning of the holiday. The Perfect Gift: Jingle Jangle, Book 2 brings readers into a modern yet imaginatively old-fashioned world with a close-knit family who demonstrate the power of working together and loving each other. It's a wonderful display of diversity and inclusion that will inspire all readers. The lasting message that family is the most important gift of all is truly timeless.
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