I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them by Martha Heineman Pieper
Published by Smart Love Press on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Children's Picture Book
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This children's picture book for ages 3 and up models a loving, constructive, developmentally informed response to young children's meltdowns and will benefit both children and parents. The essence of the story is a progression in which Jilly, a happy little kangaroo, has a series of Terrible Temper Tantrums. Her parents firmly yet lovingly help her through them until she is able to seek them out for comfort in the face of frustrations that in the beginning would have caused a major meltdown. Jilly comes to understand that true happiness doesn’t come from the gratification of any particular desire but from the warmth and support available within the family. Children will be very familiar with the frustrations that trigger Jilly’s upset feelings (her brother is getting all the attention, a friend won’t play what she wants, she can only have one toy at the toy store, her block tower keeps falling) and will applaud her dawning understanding that seeking help and a hug is far superior to the misery of a temper tantrum.
Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums was a book I found on Netgalley and really wanted to read to the Littles. We’ve been struggling a lot with Little 1 some of it has had to do with typical five-year-old behavior but he also has anxiety so we’ve been doing counseling working on how to control these types of behaviors.
The story has different incidents where Jilly doesn’t get her way. Tantrums are a daily occurrence in my household so this book opened up the discussion between the Littles and I about. We discussed how we couldn’t always get our way and other things we can do when they are having tantrums.
What I personally liked about the story was that the parents didn’t use negative reinforcement. They worked on positive loving reinforcement. This is something we’ve been working on when it comes to the Littles tantrums. I also liked that at the end of the book, it explains a little about the methods used in the story. I think this would be helpful for some.
I read this story to Little 1 and Little 3 and Little 3 whose 2 years old really enjoyed the illustrations. She thought they were cute and would try and predict what would happen in the story.
Overall, this is probably a book I would remind the Littles about because like I said tantrums are a daily occurrence in my household. Would I recommend this? Yes, I would.