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Bean Takes a Walk (Bean in the Garden) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 6, 2016
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Ann Bevans Ann Bevans is a writer, explorer, gym rat and pizza aficionado. When she isn’t stuffing words into the mouths of anthropomorphic vegetables, she writes fiction and creative non-fiction for teens and adults. She does all her own stunts. Ann lives in Clarksburg, Maryland, with her husband, Dave, and their son, Sam. Matthew Ethan Gray Matthew Ethan Gray is a graphic designer, artist, writer, photographer and filmmaker. He has greedily snatched all the art awards since second grade. So if you didn’t get one, he’s probably the reason why. Matt lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife and two children.
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Heart-warming story? Check.
Great gift for a preschooler? Check.
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Can't wait for more BEAN!!!!
Bean sets out to take a walk around the garden, and packs his favorite toys in his backpack. On the way, he meets Mrs. Berg, who has a new teapot but is out of tea. Bean offers to get her some tea as part of his adventure. Along the way, he meets three little peas who are about his own age, and they all have toys just like his. When he discovers a hole in his backpack and all of his toys are gone, he realizes the three peas were trying to return what they had found. The story is all about sharing, making friends, and being kind; a great message for preschool kids.
The first thing that struck me about the book was the illustrations. Mr. Gray’s artistry fills the page with bright colors and engaging images. This is a world of vegetable people. Bean is, of course, a bean and his mother is a lovely red beet. His neighbors include a friendly lettuce, Mrs. Berg, and a potato, Miss Tots. The clues to Bean’s toy dilemma are right there in the pictures so adults can encourage their children to search for the “lost” toys as they read along. Kids may also want to look at the pictures and imagine their own Bean adventures.
Another message I got from the story is that some things that seem bad, like a hole in your backpack, don’t have to be a big crisis. Bean reacts with shock when he realizes his toys are lost, but instead of being angry, he realizes that the three peas were trying to help him all along. It’s a good way to teach children about kindness and understanding, especially since kids who will be reading this are learning how to control their expectations and emotions.
There are three books in the series thus far, each available in both print and eBook formats. For toddlers and preschoolers, you can’t go wrong adding this book to their reading list.
In this book, Bean sets out with a backpack full of his favorite items, but loses them along the way. (My son was pointing out the items as Bean dropped them, which I'm taking as a sign of his genius.) Will Bean get his items back? And who are those adorable peas?
Get this book if you like cute things and/or anthropomorphic vegetables. (Which I happen to. Really, who doesn't?)
I think Ann and Matthew are on to something with this series.