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Who's Jerry?

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A touching, educational and consoling book that could help children with loved ones suffering from mental illness.

 “Who's Jerry?” written by T. M. Jackson handles the subject of mental illness with tact, frankness and empathy. It’s the first time I’ve read a children’s book tackle such a very difficult subject and I’m happy to say that it has handled it well.


The illustrations of the book can help the reader visualize the struggles of a child who learns that there is something wrong with her mother. It vividly captures the child’s confusion when her mother reacted as though she were an enemy to be afraid of. It also shows the efforts a little child who loves her mother would naturally make to address the situation.


Parents, guardians, family members and teachers who are related to someone suffering from a mental illness can benefit much from this book. They would have a tool that could assist them in informing children about the sensitive topic of mental illness.


Having said that, I strongly recommend adult supervision in reading this book. Children need to be guided while processing thoughts about mental illness, especially when it involves someone in their family. They can be encouraged to ask questions in order to better clarify the many ideas they have in mind in relation to the topic involved.


This book shows how elder family members and teachers play an important role in explaining what mental sickness is. They are also the ones who can assume the responsibility that cannot be fulfilled in the meantime by a sick parent. They help provide children a stable hand to lean on to when they are afraid. They can alleviate the child’s loneliness from missing the person who still needs time to recover from mental illness.


I’m very happy to see a book that can help remove or lessen the stigma that comes along with mental illness. I definitely recommend it to anyone with a loved one suffering from the said health condition.

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Hi, I'm Joyce! I review Children's Books as well as Christian, Fantasy, Romance, Memoirs, and Mystery Books. I do freelance as well as book club reviews. I'm also a novelist, poet, and self-help author. My inspirational blog is definitely a place to share reviews from a similar genre.

Synopsis

Who’s Jerry? explains mental illness to kids with diverse characters.

Who’s Jerry? tells the story of Imani, whose mommy has started acting strange. Sometimes she doesn’t get out of bed before Imani leaves for school and she has stopped taking care of her. Worst of all Imani’s mommy has an invisible friend named Jerry, who thinks Imani is a bad little girl.

This educational picture book will help facilitate a conversation between caretakers and children grades K-5 about the difficult subject of severe mental illness.

About the author

A government analyst and a Navy veteran who takes pride in her experience. and the Navy core values of “Honor, Courage, and Commitment.” She believes in work-life balance and is a certified master diver. She writes as a form of therapy and to share her experiences with others. view profile

Published on November 10, 2020

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