|Thanks to the Grants Publication Committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), I Hate Strawberry Jam was originally printed as a 116 page softcover book (approx 5.5" x 8.5") with a full color cover and more than a dozen illustrations by artist Hillary Spitzer. Unfortunately, the paper version of I Hate Strawberry Jam is out of print. As of August 2015, I Hate Strawberry Jam is available as an electronic book on the Apple Books store®.
|I Hate Strawberry Jam was written by Judith in 1996, to assist the classmates of an eight year old who died suddenly. In Strawberry Jam, a child tells the story of a best friend's death and the resulting feelings of sadness and loss. With the loving support of parents, teachers, and a very special grandmother, the storyteller learns about diverse funeral rights and rituals and leads the reader on a journey through grief to eventual healing.
The book spans a period of 18 months, the so-called average length of time for intense grief. It is stressed throughout the book that sadness, loneliness, and missing someone who is dead, are normal, healthy feelings.
The book also includes a multicultural aspect in order to show children that ALL people, no matter what race, religion or culture, grieve when they lose a loved one.