“Gimme-Jimmy” is a delightful children’s book written by Sherrill S. Cannon and illustrated by Kalpart. This is a great story to teach young children good manners, specifically not to be selfish. James, known as Jimmy, is a bully and demanding towards others. Others begin to call him “Gimme-Jimmy” as he is known for his actions and words that are always demanding and about himself. Jimmy’s hand begins to grow and grow until it hurts him to carry it around and it becomes difficult to do everyday tasks. Jimmy begins to be nice and polite and follows his new rule and he discovers this is the best way to act!
This book is written in rhyme and is very “catchy” to read. The illustrations are well done and go along perfectly with the story. “Gimme-Jimmy” is a great tool for teaching manners and get a point across to young children. Obviously a child’s hand is not going to physically grow like that as a result of being selfish, but it is a great start to a discussion with children about what will and does actually happen. Reading this story would be great to go along with a classroom or small group curriculum as it would be an excellent resource or even a way to jumpstart additional activities and discussions pertaining to manners. Jimmy will be a memorable character and this book will be a memorable story to help children remember not to be “gimmes” and follow the polite rule.