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I Am Reading: Jumping Jack by A. H. Benjamin

I Am Reading: Jumping Jack

by A. H. Benjamin

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Jumping Jack
By A.H. Benjamin
(I Am Reading series)
2009, Kingfisher, Macmillan Children’s Books
Grades 1-3

Review by Debra Louise Scott

Jumping Jack is a cute story about a boy who eats Mexican Jumping Beans and can’t stop jumping. He thinks it’s pretty scary while everyone else gets annoyed or laughs at him until Grandma finally comes up with a remedy.

The story is a little scary, but does play into the teachable concept about children who are different or have different abilities than others. The resolution, however, does not show anyone accepting the behavior, except for Grandma. Grandma also shows him how it can be a fun thing to be able to jump so high.

Children that are differently abled often face a lot of rejection and disapproval even when there is a targeted program to educate their friends and teachers. I found it strangely satisfying to see a book that addressed the reality of what a child experiences from others when he can’t control his behavior due to an inborn condition.

But I would recommend the book even without the subtle underlying message. Unless you look closely, it’s just a fun to read story about a kid that ate Jumping Beans. ( )
  theblindlibrarian | Mar 1, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0753462974, Paperback)

When Jack’s uncle tells him not to eat the special jumping beans, Jack can’t resist and pops them into his mouth right away. Soon his legs are tingling and he’s bouncing all over town, with predictably hilarious results. Like all the I Am Reading books, this story has the perfect blend of storytelling, easy-to-read text, and colorful illustrations that is critical for building reading confidence.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:14 -0400)

While visiting Jack, his grandmother prepares a jar of beans she finds in the cupboard for him to eat, not knowing that they are South American jumping beans. Then Jack can't stop himself from jumping.

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