I "really liked" the book because it deals with the selfish attitude that so many children exhibit. When children are selfish, grasping, bullying, snatching youngsters they ultimately have not friends. This little book deals with this in Jimmy who has been given the nickname of "Gimme-Jimmy."
As a former teacher, the author Sherrill S. Cannon
has most likely seen this character flaw exhibited in the classroom and
on the playground and she has taken steps to show forth to youngsters
that such behavior is flawed and will result in one having no friends.
This is true.
Now why in the world would I only give the book a
3-star rating? Well, I honestly like the book, the story, and the
illustrations. However, I see the father of Jimmy in the act of lying
in order get his son's attention and teach him a lesson. The old fairy
tale of Pinocchio is actually re-told in "Gimmie-Jimmy" but it is
Jimmy's hand that is growing every time he exhibits the "gimmie"
behavior. I personally believe that parents and adults should be
truthful with their children. There is a difference in the "telling of a
story" to get a point across and actually lying to one's child.
So a "fairy-tale" such as Pinocchio in "real life" is not really my cup of tea. Still this is a cute story.
I was provided a complimentary copy of Gimmie-Jimmy by the author to
facilitate an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.