Book Talk: The Giant Jam Sandwich

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

I have one more nursery bedding tutorial to post and a few other baby sewing projects, but I’m running a little behind. So for a change of pace, it’s BOOK TALK!!


I haven’t done book talk in a while, but I’m going to start up again because I love sharing my favorite books and hearing yours! Reading to kids is sooo important, starting in infancy, and there are lots of great books out there.

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord was one of my childhood favorites. I had totally forgotten about it until I found it at a thrift store not too long ago. We’ve read it a hundred times since then!

This short story is about a small village’s clever solution to getting rid of the 1 million wasps that recently flew into town. The whole book is written in rhymes, so it’s lots of fun to read and is very memorable too, for you and your child! I think I could recite the whole thing from memory, and my son has his favorite parts that I hear him repeating throughout the day. His favorite line is “Bump it, Bang it about.” You’ll just have to read the book to see what they’re bumping and banging about.

This is a fantastic book that will become a favorite in your house too. What are your favorites?


1 Keri April 29, 2009 at 9:04 am

I LOVE this book – we just got it at the library. Naya is not as fixated on “Thump it, Bump it, Bang it about” but she loves trying to saw the word “wasps” – it’s kind of a challenge.

2 Baba April 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

My grand-daughters favorite book at the moment is a tiny Jungle Jam book with noises to make. Click, Click, Clickety for a typewriter. Etc. She loves the sounds and tries to make them.

3 Missy April 29, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Some of our favorite books include Goodnight, Opus and Mars Needs Moms by Berkley Breathed. Green Eggs and Ham, Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose, and Horton hears a Who by Dr. Suess, and a recent favorite is When Dinosaurs came with Everything by Elise Broach

4 Tracy April 29, 2009 at 6:12 pm

My favorite book when I was a child was “The Digging-est Dog”…my God, I can still remember most of it 33 years later! I’m going to have to look for it online now and introduce Morgan to it (of course she’ll think I’m that much MORE strange!!). The very first book I ever read to her was “Goodnight Moon” and we still read it at least 3 times a week even though she is now 7 and reading on a high school level. LOL

5 Amber! April 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Right now, my children’s favorite series is the Cautionary Tales Set (Don’t tell lies Lucy, Don’t be Greedy Graham, etc.) from Usborne. They can’t get enough of them! And I think they are hillarious, so I love reading them!

6 Sunny April 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

My kids have loved “The Napping House” because of the incredible pictures and one of their new favorites is “That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown”.

7 Sue D April 30, 2009 at 9:29 am

I have never heard of this book–I will have to check it out at the library. Currently my granddaughter’s favorite book at grandma’s house is Olivia. Before that it was Green Eggs and Ham.

8 Janet Carpenter April 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

This sounds like a book my daughter would really like. She is three and just learning rhymes so I like to read her books written in rhyme and point out the rhyme, ask her for other words that would also rhyme, etc. I agree with you that rhyming books are also more fun to read and more memorable. Sometimes when we don’t even have a book with us, like when we’re walking, we’ll recite one of her rhyming books because we remember them so easily.

thanks for a great review.

9 Kelsey April 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm

My son loves Goodnight Moon as well. We have 3 copies – 1 regular and 2 backups, because if anything ever happened to that book we’d be in trouble! I’m going to look up your other favorites, so thank you!

10 Megan April 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm

2 of our family favorites are “The Gruffalo” and “The Bear Snores On.” I’ll have to look for yours at our library. It sounds very fun!

11 Liz Memmott May 1, 2009 at 9:50 am

My kids favorite book is called the MINOSAUR. Great way to talk about sharing!!

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