||April, 6, 2012
Baby Jaimie is forced to choose between an old friend and a new one. Why can't everyone just get along?
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“Time to get up,” Baby Jaimie’s mother sang as she came in the room and opened the curtains.
Baby Jaimie was hiding under the covers as she usually did, but this morning she was excited to get to school, so she threw the covers off right away. As quickly as she’d done that she pulled them right back up again. It was cold.
“Come on,” her mother prompted. “Did you forget what day it was? Derek is coming to your classroom today.”
Baby Jaimie stuck her head out from under the covers, “No, I didn't forget, but it's too cold to get up. Do you think Mrs. Smith will let Derek come to my classroom on a day when it's warmer?”
Baby Jaimie's mother giggled as she replied, “It won't be warm again for another few months. It's almost winter. Come on, let's get dressed quickly, so you'll feel warmer.”
After Baby Jaimie got dressed she and her mother went into the kitchen where her sister, Kelly and father were already having breakfast.
“Don't you look nice this morning,” her father said as Baby Jaimie pulled up to the table.
“That's because her boyfriend is going to be in her classroom today,” Kelly remarked.
“Her boyfriend? Just who is this boy?” Baby Jaimie's father teased.
“I do not have a boyfriend!” Baby Jaimie exclaimed. “Derek is just my friend.”
“Sure he is,” Kelly taunted.
“That's enough, Kelly. Eat your breakfast it's getting late,” her mother said firmly.
I would recommend this book for classroom and bedtime reading!
Jamie Hope is one of the hardest working women in children's publishing today who has recently released "The Adventures of Baby Jamie (Baby Jamie Has a Crush)".
This is the tale of Baby Jamie and Derek, two best friends both bound in wheelchairs and their struggle with jealousy.
When Derek comes to Baby Jamie's class as a guest for the day for show and tell things go awry. A new kid named Jack, an awkward, stuttering boy, joins the class, Baby Jamie befriends him. Derek become jealous and together the three of them must learn that being friends with one person doesn't mean you can't be friends with others as well.
This is a very well written story and great read for any classroom. Baby Jamie herself is an amazing 6 year old whose insight into the human condition, powered by her own disability, is wonderfully refreshing. These children will make you laugh and cry as you read their tale to your own and I certainly recommend that you do so.
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