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Jeremy's Big Role

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I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a short little story about a boy who stutters, but wants to play a brave wolf in the class production of The Three Little Pigs. The stutter causes some difficulty with his lines and he worries that he's going to mess up on the big day. His parents help him practice and so do  his friends. They reassure him that if he needs help, as his pack they will help. When the big day comes, he gets stuck on his line and howls for assistance. His friends howl back and he gets his line out. I honestly felt like the stuttered p-p-puff made the line better. 

I like how this story shows that a stutter doesn't mean a child can't participate in a play in a major role. There were also several resources listed at the end of the book. 

The illustrations were colorful and smooth. They tended toward pastels, although my review copy on my phone had them all choppy so I can't judge them completely. I'd definitely be okay reading this book a few times, but not day after day. 

Overall I give this book 3.7 out of 5 stars.
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A so helpfull guide for kids with language issues and for ones who share their time with them.
The story told in this book made kids in this situation doesnt feel different or sad because of it. Also helps others how to behave around them and made easier to live with lenguage issues.
I recommend to have a look at it and practice the recommendations involved in the story.
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It's a cute book. The artwork is great. Very colorful and engaging. And the story teaches a sweet lesson as well. But that's a lesson that doesn't need to be read over and over again. This wouldn't go into a nightly rotation because of that.
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Thank you to NetGalley, and the Publisher for the eARC! This is a cute story about a boy with a stutter being in the class play. Not only does it help expose readers to what a stutter is, it shows how you can help someone who has a stutter. Adding this book to my disability awareness books for my classroom for sure!
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A great, motivating book that encourages kids to be brave & get past their fears, especially in regards to stuttering. 

Shows parents, teachers & friends giving 100% of their attention, being patient & caring.

Also includes some facts about stuttering art the end & tips as well as resources for dealing with it.

We really enjoyed this book & will be more caring & knowledgeable with kids who deal with stuttering. 

(I am an advance reader & was able to preview this book in exchange for my honest review.)
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This sweet book tells the story of a little boy who wants to be the big bad wolf in his class play. The only problem is that he struggles with a stutter and is worried about messing up his lines. With lots of practice and encouragement from his teacher, friends and family, Jeremy learns that even if he does stutter, the bravery and confidence he has and the team of friends and family who are supporting him is all that he needs to do a great job! I love that this book normalizes stutters and reminds readers that they are very common and can be something that many people struggle with. I like the empowerment messages and the idea that the main character is well liked and feels supported as sometimes people who have disabilities or communication disorders are portrayed in negative ways. The author is a child speech pathologist and writes this story with experience working with children who have communication disorders. The book is interesting and well written and I would definitely recommend it to parents and teachers of children in the age 4-8 range. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
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*I obtained a copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love this book with all my heart.
Jeremy is a stuttering boy who wants to take part in his school play. Because of his stuttering he is worried, but he still decides to ask the teacher if he can play the big bad wolf. The teacher accepts without hesitation. He practices and rehearses with his family, his friends and his teacher, who know how to help him. Jeremy begins to feel less nervous, but he is still afraid of failing. His teacher reminds him that just like a wolf. He also has his pack and they will be there to support him.
I read this book because my mother is a teacher and I wanted to give her recommendations for her students. This book should be on the shelves of every school. It teaches how to understand children with speech disabilities and how to help them become more confident.
It also shows how it can have a great impact on a child with a speech disability to be supported by their environment and not feel judged.
In the author's note I saw that this book was written in conjunction with a paediatric speech and language pathologist, also some tips for adults to be a bit more informed about stuttering.
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Jeremy is a boy who has a speech impediment. At school they are going to do a play in which they are going to adapt "The Three Little Pigs", and he wants to play the wolf, because he wants to be as brave as the wolf. But he is afraid that his problem will disturb him, but with the help of everyone, family and friends, he can do it!
Written by a pediatrician, I think it addresses an important topic, included in an even bigger one, the inclusion of those who are different.
With beautiful illustrations and accessible language, I recommend it!
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Thank you NetGalley and Baker & Taylor, Paw Prints Publishing for accepting my request to read and review Jeremy's Big Role 

Author:  Matthew Silvestri 
Published:  09/06/22
Genre:  Children's Fiction

I am amazed at what I have learned reading children's books.  

The author explains that world wide 70 million people have this disorder.  The book offers basic actions people need to know and what to do if someone around you has this problem.  Be responsible, know the facts; don't follow myths.

Jeremy stutters.  He wants the lead in the school play so badly.  Fortunately, he has people around him to help.  Would you howl for him? Would you howl with him? 

The illustrations are minimal, and appropriate in my opinion.  The primary focus is on Jeremy's task at hand, and intuitively the repercussions to his confidence and self-esteem should he fail.  I did find the illustrations soothing.  

I was incredibly relieved to see the Author's Notes.  Silvestri is a licensed professional who works with people who stutter.  This warmed my heart, and made my tears happy ones.  

Absolutely this is giftable:  Children's Church, teachers, and caregivers.  I do believe the practices given by the author should be in every babysitters handbook.
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Jeremy’s Big Role 
by Mathew Silvestri

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This book is about a little person who joins a school play, as a wolf. 

This story offers a very healthy example of how the people in your life can support the things that you want to accomplish. 

Also how accomplishing those goals that you desire can and often  does build confidence and in turn encouraged you to try new and scary things that you never have before. 

A great example of support book and insight for young kids who struggle with public speaking. 

Thank you netgalley and the author  for sending me a digital copy of this book for my honest review
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This would be a great resource for SLPs in elementary schools or even guidance counselors and classroom teachers to address students who have different needs. Jeremy's Big Role is a sweet and cute book about Jeremy who has a stutter but wants to be the Big Bad Wolf in the school play. I love the themes of friendship and his "wolf pack", social awareness, and managing emotions. Great story for young readers!
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Sometimes, what kids need is someone who is willing to be patient with them and understand that nerves are real and they can make things really hard. Especially when you have a speech impediment. So, what I love is that Mr. Garcia is willing to be patient with Jeremy while he works on his line. And so are his friends on the playground! They're all willing to be patient and that's what we need to be teaching young kids right now: compassion, patience, and understanding. His little wolf pack really got me too! So, so sweet.
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I love the illustrations on this book and how cute they are!
I also love how this is helpful for kids who struggle with stuttering that it's okay to stutter, you just have to try and try and that there will be friends and family who will help them.
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The best thing about this book is that it brings stuttering to light.  But this is a lesson book, and the story is more about the lesson than the entertainment.  It works fine for what it is, but it would not be a book I recommend over and over again.
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This is a fantastic way to help children with Special Education needs or speech delays realise how to handle it in certain situations. The simple sentences are there to help for enjoyment for both children and professionals. My son loves the pictures and Jeremy in this book and discussed the picture as we were reading together. He said he wants to get his friend this book. The encouragement from the teacher in this picture book to Jeremy is phenomenal and shows positive relationships between children and adults. All in all the kindness from everyone else also has a great positive impact on Jeremy.
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Books that are written to empower children with disabilities, and normalize their differences are so very important. Jeremy's Big Role written by Matthew Silvestri is written by in partnership with a tenured pediatric speech language pathologist, and a vetted resource for caregivers looking to have first conversations with young children about supporting peers with a speech disorder. 

 In this story Jeremy's class has decided to put on a play of The Three Little Pigs, and Jeremy wants to play the wolf. But Jeremy is nervous because he has a stutter, and doesn't want to mess up his lines, With help from his teacher, parents, and friends Jeremy gains his own pack, and the confidence to play the role.

Not only was the story and illustrations endearing, but there were also great practices in the back to help a speech disabled child gain confidence, such as never asking them to slow down, or start over, tips that I did not know and found very enlightening. 

Definitely a good resource for teaching young children empathy.
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4.5 Stars 
Jeremy wants to be the big bad wolf in his class play, The Three Little Pigs. But he stutters at times, and that makes it hard to pronounce ‘puff’. But how can the big bad wolf not say puff? He practices until the big day. Does he do it at the end? 
The book is written in partnership with a tenured pediatric speech-language pathologist to help elders and caregivers understand how to deal with stuttering in children. The last couple of pages in the book have precious information and resources for elders. Everyone stutters occasionally! Ask an introvert, and we’ll tell you how true this statement is. 
The story is written in simple sentences and in big font. I love books that have a readable font size. It’s no fun squinting at the screen when reading kiddo books. 
The illustrations are so adorable! Every page is vibrant and seamlessly inclusive. The pictures say it all without a word to highlight anything other than the main topic. The kids almost sparkle on the pages. Their smiles are infectious. I was smiling wide from the first page to the last. 
To sum up, Jeremy's Big Role is a beautiful book with important advice for elders and a wonderful story for the kids. The lack of bullies in the book can be used to teach kids how much better school can be when they are friendly with other kids. And the illustrations, oh, yes, one of the best. 
I received an ARC from NetGalley, Baker & Taylor, and Paw Prints Publishing and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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A charming read for young and old that models best practice when communicating with someone who stutters. An informative last two pages provide explicit tips and clear up misconceptions as well as providing links for more information and further reading. A great book to read aloud (interactively works too) or in a small groups to help children grow their social emotional awareness and help everyone feel included.
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A fabulous book about a child who stutters and how he handles it with the help of his “wolf pack”.

Jeremy is a little guy who desperately wants to play the Big Bad Wolf in an upcoming school production of “Three Little Pigs”. Because he stutters, he is initially hesitant to volunteer for the role but soon decides to go for it. His teacher, his friends and his parents are all supportive, even when Jeremy can’t utter the “Puff” of the famous “I’ll huff and I’ll puff…” line. What will happen on the big day? Read and find out. (Okay, it’s a children’s book, so you already know what will happen. But still, read it!)

This book is written in partnership with a paediatric speech language pathologist, and how it shows! The content is so positive and so practical. There’s no exaggeration, no fake sympathy, no miraculous cures. It is all about confidence and cooperation. I simply loved this honest and straightforward approach. 

The pragmatic nature of the writing also means that this book isn’t only a confidence booster for kids who stutter, but also a supporting guide to those around them so that they understand how they can help such children without being either patronising or insulting. 

The only issue for me was that there is no negative attitude shown. There are no jerks in Jeremy’s class who laugh at him when he stutters, there are no impatient adults who interrupt him... The content might just be a bit too good to be true. But sometimes, keeping things simple helps, so I get why the authors have skirted around the bullying that stutterers face.

At the end of the book is a note from the authors about what stuttering entails, some of the myths about this communication disorder, and tips for communication partners of all ages. This content is pure gold!

What is a great children’s picture book without great illustrations? This book doesn’t fail on that count too. Every page is so beautifully sketched and colours. The child characters are a treat with their bright eyes and chubby cheeks. More importantly, the illustrations are inclusive as well. Imagine my surprise when, on a page that mentions Jeremy practising before his parents, I saw his two moms than the more common mom and dad! And this isn’t needlessly stressed upon in the content. The line just mentions “parents” and the illustration casually shows the two women. Loved it!!! 

Heartily recommended to every home, school and library. Don’t miss out on this gem that combines entertainment and information. A much-needed book, indeed. Will suit readers aged 4-8 years.

4.5 enthusiastic wolfish Awooooooo-s to this amazing little book. 

My thanks to Baker & Taylor, Paw Prints Publishing, and NetGalley for the DRC of “Jeremy's Big Role”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book.
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I love the concept of this and wish there were more children's books highlighting speech impediments and other various learning disabilities.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC. All opinions are my own.
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