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The Jellybeans and the Big Dance Hardcover – March 1, 2008
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Laura Numeroff, Nate Evans, and Lynn Munsinger bring readers a fun new group of sweet friends.
Just as jellybeans are different colors and flavors, each character in this heartwarming friendship story has a personality and pizzazz that young readers will love.
Emily loves to dance and canât wait to meet the other girls in her class, who are sure to be just like her. But instead she meets Nicole, a tomboy who would rather be playing soccer; Bitsy, who loves arts and crafts; and Anna, a shy bookworm who has no interest at all in dancing. Realizing that they have to work together to make their dance recital a success, the girls learn to love each otherâs differences and strengths as they band together and name their group the Jellybeans!
The latest picture book by beloved bestselling authors Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans is as sweet as sugar and features four adorable characters that all children will relate to. With joyful illustrations by Lynn Munsinger that dance off the page, The Jellybeans and the Big Dance will inspire readers to dance, prance, and boogie-woogie to the beat of their own drum.
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Emily's mother enrolls her in a dance class where she meets the three other little girls who are there and will be in her class. The kitten, Nicole, can think of nothing else but soccer, the little bunny, Anna, who constantly has her nose in a book (my oldest granddaughter who dropped out of dance after one year because all she liked to do was read), and then Bitsy, the little piglet, who loves to paint. The three really did not want to be in the dance class at all. This is a very big disappointment to Emily.
The dance teacher tells the group that they will be practicing "Oh, Little Bug" dance routine which further disappoints Emily who wanted her first dance to be about princesses so she could wear a beautiful pink princess gown. Not to be. The first day of practice they joined hands and went around and around in a circle and knocked down their storage cubbies with their names on them. The names fell off and when landing on the floor, the letters of their first names spelled out bean. Wow, thought Emily.
The next days were chaotic with the girls fumbling and tumbling with their routines, nobody except Emily liking to dance. Emily's mother could see how upset she was so took her to the candy store where Emily saw the jars of jellybeans and had a great idea. The next day at dance class, she presented each girl with a small bag of jellybeans which they loved. Emily explained the the jelly beans came in all different colors and flavors, just like them, and maybe they could figure out some way to all have fun together.
They studied bugs together and found four bugs that were cute. Each made a costume about their favorite bug. The big day came for the recital and then Emily got stage fright and couldn't remember the dance steps. Nicole took Emily's hand and they started kicking and the other girls joined in, all having so much fun as The Jellybeans. The dance turned out great and the four little girls became the closest of friends, learning that everyone is different, that different ideas and likes and looking beyond their differences, can bring friendship if they all work together.
The illustrations are precious and so very sweet, vibrant and action filled. A good story with a good moral that should appeal to little girls. I think even as young as two year olds up to first graders would be charmed with this books.