Jerome's Jam


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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. It's just so-so for us. The illustrations push the book over the top visually.

Little Kid Reaction

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.

Parent Reaction

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.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book that helps a child deal with the changing dynamics of a family.
Educational Themes:

The story has value as a way of helping a child express his/her feelings about the arrival of a new sibling.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with a 3-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title Jerome's Jam
Author Rainey
Publisher Dreamdog Press © 2002
Illustrators Betsy Dill
ISBN 0966619927
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings
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