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Book Review: “I Don’t Want to Turn 3” Is A Fun Kid’s Picture Book – With a Subtle Lesson

By Gramps Jeffrey
Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes

This sweet picture book is author Gramps Jeffrey’s first. He wrote it after having the opportunity to spend more time with his grandkids during the past year’s pandemic.

Gramps says, “I wrote this book to read to (my) grandkids. Their reaction has been invaluable. As you read aloud and watch them begin to understand Jordan’s discovery of right versus wrong, you can see the older kids recognition that they have gone through the same dilemma. While the younger kids don’t quite yet understand the concept of sharing. This whole experience, for me, has been priceless.”

The book’s layout, alternating a full-page graphic similar to the one pictured here with a page of text is perfect, because it allows the reader to point out key elements of the story which are portrayed in the accompanying picture, a tactic which helps turn the storytelling experience into an interactive one.

This is a fun book, which deals with an interesting – and universal – situation: two-year old Jordan doesn’t want to age into the role of a three-year old, because he’s been enjoying all the things his he’s been allowed to get away with as the baby of the family. But of course, we adults know time stops for no one…

This is not author Jeffrey’s first foray into authoring, but it is his first children’s book, and we hope he chooses to write more. After all, with four kids and six grandchildren, he has plenty of personal experiences which he can mine for topics. He says he’s spent time recently observing – as a Baby Boomer –  just how the kids are growing up today and trying to understand just how much the world has evolved since he was 3 years old.


Anne Holmes NABBW’s “Boomer in Chief”

As "Boomer in Chief" of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, Anne is passionate about educating, empowering and enriching the lives of Baby Boomer Women, as we now begin to age beyond our middle years and enthusiastically launch ourselves into life’s next stage – which most people call old age. We Boomers know aging doesn’t have to diminish us. We still have a lot to offer the world, and we continue to be ready and willing to enthusiastically participate.

Actively involved with a number of Boomer-focused organizations and committees, Anne keeps a steady finger on the pulse of this still-spirited generation, with the goal of helping us all to enjoy life, stay healthy and continue to live lives that are rich in every sense of the word. Beyond that, Anne is dedicated to helping facilitate the positive interaction between Baby Boomers and the hard-working younger generations who are readying themselves to “take the world’s reins” and continue our efforts to move society in a positive direction.

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