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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Five-year-old Ida does not like jelly and jam of any kind and she even dislikes the jar they are in. She frowns every time someone tries to serve her jelly and jam and she has decided no jelly and jam will touch her mouth. She runs away, closing her mouth when Aunt Ruby tries to get her to take a small bite. No amount of convincing works for Ida and she does not have it even on peanut butter toast. Uncle Roy cannot understand why Ida does not like jelly and jam. Things change when Ida visits Grandma Dixie's house. Let us read the book to discover more about that.
Ida's Southern Sweet Jelly and Jam by Johanna Sparrow is a charming book about how children develop an aversion to a food item without tasting it. Ida's character is real and relatable and I am sure there are many young readers who will find themselves in Ida's shoes. Ninekyu brings Ida and the scenes in the book to life with her wonderful illustrations that give a good pace and movement to the story. It is a good bedtime storytelling book for parents and grandparents and it will be easy for them to make their kids and grandkids understand how important it is to discover the taste of food items before disliking them. The author effortlessly weaves a relevant subject into the plot, making it appealing to children. The book is good for classroom read aloud and storytelling sessions and children will find themselves easily relating to Ida's behavior.