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The Giant Jellybean Jar (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3) Paperback – January 19, 2004
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K-Gr2–Ben and Jill love to go to Jo-Jo's Jelly Bean Shop, especially on Saturdays when the proprietor awards a jar of the candy to the child who can answer a riddle. Ben knows the answer every time, but he is too shy to speak up, even with his sibling's encouragement. Aboff skillfully describes the boy's efforts to overcome his timidity. Children will identify with Ben and cheer when he is finally successful. There are contextual clues in Billin-Frye's delightful color cartoons, which feature a multicultural cast of characters. This book holds its own with the best of Cynthia Rylant's "Henry and Mudge" titles (S & S) in terms of writing and illustration. With its drama, alliteration, and wonderful depiction of a shy child breaking through a barrier, this is a winner.–Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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K-Gr. 2. Ben loves jelly beans and he loves going to Jo-Jo's Jelly Bean Shop, where every weekend the store's owner has a contest: he reads a riddle about a jelly bean flavor, and the kid with the right answer wins a jar of jelly beans. Ben always knows the answers, but he never wins because he is shy, and he lets the bigger, louder kids (including his older sister) take over. Readers of this Puffin Easy-to-Read title will work out the answers with Ben, and they'll sympathize with his nervousness and applaud when he finally finds the confidence to shout out the right answer. The tasty, rhyming riddles make words part of the fun, and the clear, playful line-and-watercolor illustrations show the small kid's failure, the building tension, and, at last, the boy's triumphant win. Hazel Rochman
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