Jerome is sad and confused. Mom, Dad, and Jerome make a perfect family. Why does he need a little brother or sister? With some help from Jazz, the DreamDog, Jerome begins to understand that he won't be left behind. In fact, he'll have an even more important place in the family.
The story has value as a way of helping a child express his/her feelings about the arrival of a new sibling.
6 to 9
3 to 8
Started reading with a 3-year-old child.
Borrow. The theme of helping a child deal with a new sibling is helpful, but once the child becomes part of the family, the book loses its power.
Our then-preschooler liked this book. Although there are no brothers and sisters in our house, our child understood the message, and the empathy was clear. Almost two years later s/he will periodically pull this from the shelf.
When we first read this, we weren't sure how it would go. For one thing, the story doesn't fit the title. It's not a book that we would pick, but it has helped our child understand feelings like jealousy, fear, confusion, love, and family identity (i.e., that we each have a role). Our child likes this more than we do.
Although this is MOST useful for families that are growing, families with an only child may find this helpful reading for their own situation. It helps remind children that a parent's love is unconditional ... no matter their mood, no matter what happens.
None, really. It's just so-so for us. The illustrations push the book over the top visually.