The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza

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The Jellybeans are back—this time in the library stacks to discover the varied and wonderful world of reading.
 
When the Jellybeans go to the library to do research for book reports on the things they enjoy, Bitsy, who loves books more than anyone, is excited to bring her friends to her favorite place. Emily, who loves to dance, finds a book on ballet, Nicole, who loves sports, finds a ...
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Overview


The Jellybeans are back—this time in the library stacks to discover the varied and wonderful world of reading.
 
When the Jellybeans go to the library to do research for book reports on the things they enjoy, Bitsy, who loves books more than anyone, is excited to bring her friends to her favorite place. Emily, who loves to dance, finds a book on ballet, Nicole, who loves sports, finds a book on soccer, and Anna, who loves art, finds a book on famous painters. But what about Bitsy? Can she find the perfect book, too?
 
This energizing book promotes a love of reading by proving that there is the perfect book for everyone. Just as jellybeans are all different flavors but go great together, the girls again use their different strengths and talents to work as a team and make their school Book Bonanza a success.

F&P level: K
F&P genre: F

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the second Jellybeans book, Anna and her friends Emily, Nicole, and Bitsy remain, like the candies, “different flavors [that] go well together.” When their class has a Book Bonanza, book-loving Anna is excited, but her friends' expressions suggest they would rather be doing other things. Luckily, the librarian helps each Jellybean find the perfect book. And when Anna gets stage fright reading her report to the class, her friends give her support. Though the story line feels thin, the characters sweetly express friendship dynamics in a group setting. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
In the second Jellybeans book, Anna and her friends Emily, Nicole, and Bitsy remain, like the candies, “different flavors [that] go well together.” When their class has a Book Bonanza, book-loving Anna is excited, but her friends' expressions suggest they would rather be doing other things. Luckily, the librarian helps each Jellybean find the perfect book. And when Anna gets stage fright reading her report to the class, her friends give her support. Though the story line feels thin, the characters sweetly express friendship dynamics in a group setting. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The Jellybeans of The Jellybeans and the Big Dance, appealing anthropomorphic animal best friends, are back to celebrate libraries and reading. They have very different interests, but all love jellybeans. When they are assigned to read a book about something they love and write a report for a Book Bonanza, Anna, a voracious reader, is thrilled to be able to take her friends to her favorite place, the library. There the librarian is able to find each Jellybean a perfect book for the report. On report day Anna is afraid to read hers in front of the whole class. But with the encouragement of her friends, Anna describes her love of reading to great applause. Then the Jellybeans can celebrate with their favorite candy. Although the action is low key, Munsinger's black ink outlines and watercolors create characters loaded with charm and quick to express emotions. The full-page portrait of Anna surrounded with books, holding a book to her chest with an ecstatic look on her face, could be a poster to sell the joys of reading. Bits of backgrounds serve only as props for the eager youngsters. The librarian is a friendly goose with glasses. The pictures on the covers of the books shown add to the fun. Textured glitter on the jacket is attracting. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In this follow-up to The Jellybeans and the Big Dance (Abrams, 2008), the diverse young animal friends are off to the public library to start a book-report assignment, and dancer Emily, soccer-player Nicole, and artist Bitsy are none too thrilled. Anna, the soft-spoken, avid reader, encourages them to see that books are just like jellybeans, available in every flavor, for every reader. They quickly find appropriate titles, and then the librarian, who knows Anna, helps her find a special volume of fairy tales. Some librarians might find the librarian, who is a bespectacled goose, old-fashioned, and some teachers might find the assignment hackneyed. What sings, though, is the sheer joy the Jellybeans have in jumping to Anna's rescue when she tremblingly faces the class to present her report and gallivanting over to the candy store with her to celebrate afterward. The cheerful watercolor illustrations have a soft palette. Children will delight in seeing themselves in one of the endearing, fuzzy-looking Jellybean characters and be full of glee when Anna finally opens up and is able to share her love of reading with the class.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810984127
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 721,265
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, When Sheep Sleep, and The Jellybeans and the Big Dance. She lives in Los Angeles. Nate Evans coauthored The Jellybeans and the Big Dance and Sherman Crunchley with Laura Numeroff. He lives in Statesboro, Georgia. Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of The Jellybeans and the Big Dance and What Mommies Do Best, also by Laura Numeroff. She lives in Boston.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Great book about libraries and reading.

    I read this to the students in our school library during National Library Week. They loved it. The illustrations are precious, and the strong library message is well written. I would recommend this book for ages 3 through 7. It is a great book. Our grandchildren ages 4 and 6 love this book too.

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