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Hello, hello, hello. Welcome to fun4thedisabled presents Children’s Books 4 the Disabled. My name is Henry. And I’m here to introduce you to my friend named Jilly the kangaroo in “Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums And How She Outgrew Them.” Author Martha Heineman Pieper and illustrator Jo Gershman tell the story of Jilly, who learned to control her emotions and not look so silly. Here is Vanessa.

>> Thanks, Henry. I can’t wait to hear all about Jilly and all of her friends in the Outback. I’m so glad that you are here to watch this episode of fun4thedisabled presents Children’s Books 4 the Disabled especially for you.

This series is by, for, and about all kinds of persons with disabilities.

Here is actress Terri Lynne Hudson to read to us “Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them.”

Take it away, Terri.

>> “Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them.”  Written by Martha Heineman Pieper, PhD. Illustrated by Jo Gershman.

Jilly was a happy little kangaroo who loved to play with her big brother, Joey, listen to stories, give and get hugs and cuddles, and have tea parties with her stuffed animals.

But once in a while, Jilly had a Terrible Temper Tantrum.

“I want to play too!”

“I’m sorry, Jilly,” said Father. “But only two of us can play chess at a time. I would love to play with you when the game is over. Can you build a tower or draw a picture while you wait?”

Uh-oh.

“No! No! No! Play with me now! I hate waiting!” And up, up, up she hopped, and down, down, down she came, splat in the middle of the chessboard!

“Oh, Jilly, I know it’s hard to wait,” said Father, “but turning over the board just makes the game longer, and being upset is no fun. Is there something else you would like to do while we play? And when the chess game is over, we can read a story or have a tea party.”

“No! No! No! Now! Now! Now!”

“Jilly, wouldn’t you rather cuddle with me than feel so unhappy? I’m always here for a snuggle, even if I can’t play with you at the moment.”

And soon, Jilly was a happy little kangaroo once more.

A few weeks later Edith Echidna came over to play and Jilly had another Terrible Temper Tantrum.

“Let’s play hopping games!” said Jilly. “How about hopscotch?” “No, said Edith. I want to play hide-and-seek.”

And she curled up into a ball and rolled off to hide before Jilly could say a word.

“I don’t want to play with Edith. She can go home!”

“Oh dear.”

“It’s hard when a friend comes over and doesn’t want to play what you want to play,” said Mother. “Can I help? How about a hug?”

“No!” cried Jilly. “She won’t do what I want. I don’t like her anymore!”

“Hop with me, Jilly, you might feel better if we look for Edith and talk with her about taking turns choosing games. I would be happy to help you find her.”

Jilly sniffed. “Okay.”

“Hi.”

“We found you, Edith!” shouted Jilly. “Yes,” said Mother, “and now that you two have played hide-and-seek, why don’t you play a hopping game?”

And soon, Jilly was a happy little kangaroo once more.

A few weeks later Jilly had another Terrible Temper Tantrum.

“Jilly dear,” said Mother, “which toy would you like to choose today?”

“I want two toys,” said Jilly.

“I know, sweetheart. With so many toys here, it is difficult to pick just one, but do you remember we said one toy today? Which one is your favorite?”

“I want both! I want both! You are really mean!”

“It’s disappointing when you can’t have as many toys as you want,” said Mother, “but being so upset is making you feel worse. Let’s think about which toy you would like today, and which one you would like to get next time.”

“I want two! I want two!”

Father gently picked Jilly up and hopped with her for a while.

“Tell me,” said Father, “which one would you like to take home today?”

“This one,” sobbed Jilly.

“Great!” said Father. “Can you give the other toy back? The sales clerk will keep it until the next time we come.”

And soon, Jilly was a happy little kangaroo once more.

A few weeks later Jilly started to have another Terrible Temper Tantrum.

“Oh, no, not again! Stay up!”

“I’m mad! I need a hug! I need Mama!”

“I need a hug,” cried Jilly. “My tower keeps falling down when I want it to stay up and be tall. It’s making me mad! Will you help me?”

“I am so proud of you, Jilly, for telling me what is wrong and asking for help. Good job!”

And soon, Jilly was a very happy little kangaroo once more.

The end.

>> Thanks for such a great reading, Terri. I’m so glad that Jilly was able to get her emotions under control. It’s okay to feel sad or mad sometimes. Have you guys ever thrown a temper tantrum? Or had a time you just got really upset?

What helps you to feel better about your emotions?

Parents, do you practice smart love and let your kids know that even though they may have to give up something they really want, they never lose the affection or the closeness of the parent-child relationship?

Parents and kids, let’s talk about this.

Tell us how you dealt with something like this. Leave a comment below.

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>> Thank you for watching “Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them” by Martha Heineman Pieper and Jo Gershman.

Yeah, okay, look, it’s okay to feel upset. It’s okay to feel regret. It’s okay to be embarrassed. It’s a part of life and life we must cherish. All we need to do is learn to communicate our emotions. Because if we do it in a healthy way, it’s like a magic potion.

So thanks for watching our show. Hope it helps you grow. Oh, yeah.

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