‘Five Funny Tummy Men’ published after the author’s death | Venice Gondolier Sun
Jean Reed’s “Five Funny Tummy Men” with illustrations by Clyde Seymour and Jason Fowler was written in the 1940s but was published in 2020 by Peppertree Press, LLC.
Reed’s daughter Roberta Hamilton decided to publish the book after her mother died in 2004.
Jean Reed was a reporter who moved to Sarasota and was a correspondent for Variety and other publications. She was known to have written the book “Resumes That Get Jobs” originally published in 1963.
Hamilton retired from Sarasota County schools.
Jean Reed’s children’s book is an educational children’s story that details what goes on in the stomach in a way that is easy for children to understand.
Through the story of the five men on the stomach, children discover the digestion system.
Every belly man has a different job in the stomach that matches his name. There are Mr. Boss, Mr. Swallow, Mr. Grinder, Mr. Piler, and Mr. Deliveryman.
While talking about the different functions of men on the stomach, the book also says what will make them happy and what can make them angry.
Foods like vegetables, fruits, and milk keep the belly functioning properly and help other parts of the body. Eating slowly and chewing food also helps keep tummy tucked men happy.
The book also cautions against eating too fast and doing activities like swimming right after eating. All of this makes miserable men on their stomachs and makes people sick.
Through fun dialogues, the book helps children understand what can keep their stomachs calm or upset.
To help be inclusive, the book comes in multiple versions that have white or black bellied men and another book in Spanish.
The book is intended for children from 2 to 9 years old.
Even though the book is aimed at young children, there are a lot of wording that might make it difficult for them to read.
It would be a good book for parents to read to their younger children while more advanced readers can try reading the long paragraphs of the book.
The book is 19 pages long. It costs $ 14.95 and is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and local bookstores.
The book can also be found at local public libraries in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Hillsborough. The director of educational and library services for the Sarasota County public school system recommended the use of the book to elementary teachers, according to Hamilton.
Its ISBN is 978-1614937098.