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The giant jelly bean jar
Aboff, Marcie.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Ben really wants to answer the riddle that would win him a big jar of jelly beans, but he is too shy to say it out loud.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 76160.
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J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers

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With art as bright as the jelly beans in Jo-Jo’s shop, this Easy Reader is about learning to speak up. Ben loves jelly beans, and every week he goes to Jo-Jo’s, hoping to solve the riddle that will win him a whole jar full of them. Even though he always knows the answer, he has never won the prize, because he’s too shy to say it out loud. Ben finally speaks up in this sweet treat of a book.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Ben loves jelly beans and he loves going too-Jo'selly 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 Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.