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  • Writer's pictureKelli Vanzego

Top 25-Lessons for Little Ones with "Gramps Jeffrey"

Filled with soft illustrations, I Dont Want to Turn 3 takes the reader on an insightful and positive way to teach honesty and values while growing older. Quite timely landing on Reviews & Trends Magazine's TOP 25 List ®

Responsibility for your actions and justifying doing the wrong thing or making the right decision is at the heart of this children’s book. Teaching a young man about to turn 3 values and valuable lessons in life. Also providing a foundation for other young readers too. Turning 3 presents a problem for this young man who feels that his mother will expect him to be more responsible and take on more responsibilities with him getting older.

RTM strongly recommends I Don't Want to Turn 3 to its readership.


"Is there a big difference between being 2 and 3?"

When does a toddler start to learn right from wrong? What happens in a family that influences a decision going through a young mind? I Don't Want to Turn 3 explores the interaction between family that is happening in just about every household in the world.

I Don't Want to Turn 3 is a colorful story about a little child Jordan who likes being 2 and knows the things he can do and not get in trouble or punished for. Jordan is testing boundaries with family and friends. He has many relatives around his age and he starts collecting their favorite toys that he then hides thinking they wont notice they are gone.

When the toys are all found hidden in Jordan's bedroom the day of his 3rd birthday his father steps in and instead of yelling he sits the children down for a discussion of valuable life lessons. Everyone in the room tells Jordan how they felt when they realized their toys were gone and how they feel right now . Having the children use their problem solving skill leads to a great conversation for each child to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. This insightful and positive way to teach honesty and values to younger children ends with some advise all readers can relate too.

The ultimate lesson: Some endings are new beginnings and in this book children learn the true meaning of honesty, family loyalty, understanding, compassion and taking ownership of your mistakes.


"Gramps" Jeffrey


Gramps Jeffrey has 4 kids and 6 grandchildren and looks at how the kids are growing up as a baby boomer trying to understand how the world has evolved since he was 3 years old.

As the author of the acclaimed business book “The Secrets of Retailing…How to Beat Walmart” and a contributor to The Huffington Post of over 100 articles on how to help the nonprofit world and also help grow small businesses, Gramps’ commentary is quite timely in the challenging world we live in.

"Living this past year because of the pandemic caused by Covid19 in isolation except for being with family, gave me special time to watch and interact with the grandkids. What a trip!" -GJ

All 6 kids have completely different personalities. The one thing they have in common is the sense of curiosity and how excited they get when they do accomplish something new. Watching them grow year to year and how they interact with each other is the basis for this book.

"What goes through a toddler’s mind that parents are so desperate to understand?"
"When does a toddler understand the difference between “me” and “us”?"

This book explores how a family finds out together.

As a baby boomer trying to understand how the world has evolved since he was 3 years old, is also part of this story. Jeffrey's parents did not have cell phones or the Internet or cable TV. His parents’ definition of discipline is quite different than parents of today. Has today’s world made for a better place for children to grow up? Jeffrey will let you answer that question as you weigh how you were treated growing up compared to how we treat our kids today.

So, he wrote I Dont Want to Turn 3 to read to his grandkids. Their reaction has been invaluable. As you watch them understand Jordan’s discovery of right versus wrong, you can see the older kids have gone through the same dilemma. And the younger kids don’t quite yet understand the concept of sharing. This whole experience, for him, has been priceless.

When asked when did you know you wanted to be an author, here is the reply:

"My junior year in college, I took an 11-week backpacking adventure through Europe. I decided to keep a daily journal of my adventures. When I looked back at that journal 10 years later as I was building my business career, I said to myself “one day I am going to become a writer"."

Also discussing a surprising thing Gramps Jeffrey learned in the process of writing this book he explains the effect of reading his children’s book had on his 6 grandkids. Because they were part of the true story, they quickly identified with the concept of “sharing” and the concept of “me versus us”. Now it is the first book they want to read whenever they spend the night at his house. Priceless.

Gramps Jeffrey has multiple platforms including Podcast, Blog and Website. For more information and discussion's on raising children in todays challenging world go to any of the links below.


Podcast Interview with JLJ Media on YouTube.


My Blog- Exploring Family Relationships


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