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Jelly Belly Paperback – March 15, 1982
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Ned is eleven-years-old and has a loving family, great friends, an active school life...and an extra thirty pounds hanging off his slight frame. That excess weight has become the main focus in Ned's life, as he tries to reconcile all the conflicting messages from everyone around him: his parents, who want to help him knock off the pounds and be healthy; his grandma, who equates love with feeding her family yummy homemade treats; his schoolmates, who taunt him with cries of "Jelly Belly!"; and his newfound friends at summer camp who are resentful of being sent to diet camp and rebel by concocting schemes to sneak in contraband goodies.
The bulk of the story takes place at Camp Lean-Too, a summer diet camp where the goal is to lose weight and also gain a new healthy lifestyle. To give Ned a jump start on losing weight, his parents decide to send him to Camp Lean-Too, instead of the summer camp Ned normally goes to with his friends. Ned arrives at Camp Lean-Too angry and depressed, missing his old camp. Almost immediately he befriends three of his new bunkmates--Richard, Darrell ("Hog"), and Max.Read more ›
IT IS A GREAT, SUPER, AWESOME, INCREDIBLE, FANTASTIC BOOK!!! YOU ARE NOT WASTING A PENNY ON IT!!! BELIEVE ME!!! (but not my sister)
I think "Jelly Belly" has an important lesson about balance. Ned has to learn how to balance eating with moderation-- not eating too much, or too often.
He has to balance this healthy lifestyle with the influences all around him-- including eating a different meal in front of his family, who can eat foods with oil and fat.
And he has to balance his need to diet with not hurting his grandmother's feelings, because when he can't eat the treats she makes him, she feels really sad and like Ned doesn't love her. She and Ned BOTH need to learn about his new diet and understand that, although it is tough to stick to, it will make him feel better.
Many kids have to deal with something that makes them different and that other people just don't understand. That's what this story is really about-- not just about dieting.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did when I was your age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an old book, but it still has a message to send. If you struggle with bullies, this is a great read.Published 1 month ago by Amber G
I use this book for my classroom kiddos who struggling in their independent reading. The storyline is reasonably predictable, which helps them follow the book with greater ease.Published on April 19, 2014 by Laurie
I was just reading an article about fat-shaming and suddenly remembered my fifth-grade teacher reading this awful book to our class. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by soph12
I bought this on the advice of a friend.......turns out he gave me the wrong title.
I guess it would be OK if I were still young, like Ned......................
i have read this book dozens of times and still not tired of it i dunno it is the greatest book ever its funny its just really good Robert Kimmel Smith did a really good job... Read morePublished on December 23, 2007
I read this book as an overweight kid, and looking back, I can't believe that I thought it carried positive messages. Read morePublished on December 15, 2005 by Anna B.
This is a comedy book about a kid named Ned that is overweight. Being the biggest kid in the 5th grade he wants to loose weight. Read morePublished on October 29, 2005