Gramps Jeffery's Award-Winning Book "I Don't Want To Turn 3" Helps Blaze a Trail Out of “The Terrible Twos” By Jim Lamb
To paraphrase Kermit the Frog, “It isn’t easy being three.” Maybe that’s why the Twos are so terrible: Who’d want to leave a world where you’re the center of attention? I wouldn’t. Would you?
For example, a 2-year-old says “Cookie!” and cookies magically appear—if not, the result can be a Grade A, Number One, Category 5 tantrum. Why? Because, like the seagulls in “Finding Nemo,” everything is “Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!”
That’s the foundation of Gramps Jeffery’s award-winning book, "I Don't Want To Turn 3" —the story of Jordan, who senses a new world is coming. Gramps opens the door to that world with story-telling and engaging illustrations. The best way for adults to get the most out of the book is to read it carefully multiple times before sharing it with children. Here’s why:
Each page builds momentum towards a moment of realization. Preparation frees up parents and grandparents to observe a child’s body language to determine when to start a conversation. Some kids pick up on where the story is going early—some later.
Here’s the essence: Jordan, age 2, begins with an attitude of “Mine! Mine! Mine!” That prompts him to take things from other children. When his antics are revealed (on his birthday, no less) the result is devastating—but it opens the door to learning valuable life-lessons.
And it’s not theoretical. Gramps Jeffrey has six grandkids. During the pandemic, he spent time interacting with them. His book emerged from that.
For example, Gramps took photos that were transformed to lively illustrations. Then he used the names of his grandkids, adding to the authenticity. Little wonder, then, the book won a Firebird Book Award and was recognized for “Honoring Excellence” by the Mom’s Choice Awards.
"I Don't Want To Turn 3" was published by Authorhouse in paperback, Kindle, and hardcover. It’s available online, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart. (ISBN-10 1665526947 ISBN-13 978-1665526944)
ABOUT: In addition to "I Don't Want To Turn 3," Gramps Jeffrey (aka Marc Joseph) is the author of "The Secrets of Retailing... How to Beat Walmart" and a contributor to The Huffington Post. His areas of expertise include planning, recruiting, staffing, leadership, problem-solving and team building.