The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure

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The Jellybeans are ready for an art adventure when Bitsy enlists the other girls to help her paint a mural at their favorite place: the candy shop! After a fun trip to the museum to learn about art, the four Jellybeans use their different strengths and talents to work together to create a colorful success.

This fourth book in the successful, New York Times bestselling series once again shows, whether readers are girly girls, bookworms, artists,...

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Overview

The Jellybeans are ready for an art adventure when Bitsy enlists the other girls to help her paint a mural at their favorite place: the candy shop! After a fun trip to the museum to learn about art, the four Jellybeans use their different strengths and talents to work together to create a colorful success.

This fourth book in the successful, New York Times bestselling series once again shows, whether readers are girly girls, bookworms, artists, or tomboys, that there is a Jellybean for everyone!

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After a fun-filled trip to the museum, Bitsy and her three Jellybean buddies begin a major art project of their own: a festive mural at the local candy shop. The fourth installment of the popular Jellybeans picture book franchise promises to awaken the creative spirit in fledgling readers ages three and up. Editor's recommendation.

Lisa Dugan

Publishers Weekly
Cooperation and a minor case of artist’s block are at the center of the fourth picture book starring these animal friends, which highlights artistically talented pig Bitsy (the four friends are primarily defined by their interests, and the previous books had dance, soccer, and reading themes). When the Jellybeans are asked to paint a mural on the wall of a candy shop, a trip to the art museum lends inspiration (and allows Munsinger to work in some clever visual references to Degas and Rodin). Bitsy has a moment of self-doubt, but quickly conquers it with her friends’ support. The writers avoid any real tension, and focus on this foursome’s drama-free, jellybean-sweet friendship. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Although Bitsy the pig, Emily the dog, Anna the rabbit, and Nicole the cat enjoy separate hobbies, the girls go well together, just like different flavors of jellybeans. In this fourth title in the series, Bitsy shares her love of painting with her friends. She requests their assistance when the candy-store owner asks her to paint a mural. For inspiration, the friends visit the local art museum. True to form, each one looks at something different as they wander through the galleries. The next day, they don smocks at Petunia's shop and begin their masterpiece. Nicole, Emily, and Anna paint flowers, a rainbow, and large, colorful letters. When Bitsy steps forward to take her turn, she loses confidence. What if nobody likes the painting? As her friends encourage her, she comes up with an idea and goes to work. When the mural is complete, the talented pig proudly reveals her "dazzling" painting in which the four Jellybeans showcase their favorite hobbies-painting, ballet, reading, and soccer. Petunia rewards the girls with "a treat as sweet as you are": Jellybeans! Cheerful watercolor illustrations capture the special bond Bitsy shares with her pals. The palette of pastel shades reinforces the story's optimistic message that friends can help one another succeed. Pair this title with Don Freeman's classic story about an art-loving mouse, Norman the Doorman (Viking, 1959).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419701719
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 363,981
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever and numerous other books. She lives in Los Angeles. Nate Evans lives in Statesboro, Georgia. Lynn Munsinger illustrated What Mommies Do Best. She lives in Boston.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Great series for young children-check it out!

    We LOVE the Jellybeans and all of their adventures. This is a really cute series for young girls.

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