The Jellybeans and the Big Dance by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, illustrated by Lynn Musinger
Emily is so excited to begin taking dance lessons and disappointed when she sees that the girls in her dance class are not as excited. In fact, they could really care less about taking lessons! When the girls figure out the their initials spell "bean," Emily purchases each girl some jellybeans. From that point on, they are great friends and are known as the "Jellybeans."
Each girl shares their special talent and the recital is a success, with one little glitch that shows the special friendship the girls have with each other.
What I Thought:
A great book with a wonderful message. I love the authors emphasize how important it is for friends to have different interests and talents, and how using them can make the group succeed. The illustrations are awesome, Munsinger does such a great job providing a fun setting for the story. The characters are each a different animal, characteristic of her work.
This book will be a hit with kids everywhere, but I suspect best with kids enrolled in dance class or wanting to take dance, though the message spans much wider than that. A great read-aloud!
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