A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that we found no objectionable content in this book. Curt, forced, two-word sentences won't encourage children to read along, but the relationship between a dog and a cat is appealing and becomes apparent through the obvious but charming illustrations.
Is It Any Good?
It is always pleasing to see nature's enemies wind up as friends, and this is the charming story line behind BEAN SOUP. Although Sarah Hines-Stephens uses mostly two-word sentences to describe the characters' activities in her series of books about Bean, in this instance the sentences seem unfinished, and the text sounds forced and choppy.
However, the illustrator allows readers to make sense of the story through her depictions of the dog and cat at play and rest. This book introduces prepositions in a way children can understand them, but adults may need to call attention to illustration details for the story to make sense.
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