A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows kids how to get help from a librarian to select the right books for them.
People with different strengths and weaknesses can be best friends. By sharing and cooperating, they can bring out the best in each other. Also, reading is fun and libraries are great places to visit! No matter what your interests, you can find books there that you like.
Positive Role Models
Each of the Jellybeans has strengths and weaknesses. They help one another by sharing, cooperating, and supporting one another through hard times, and celebrating successes together.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the four main characters in this book call themselves Jellybeans for a reason: not only are they sweet, but they go well together even though they come in different "flavors." All the girls with different interests and abilities are supportive of one another. This is the second book in the bestselling series that includes The Jellybeans and the Big Dance.
Is It Any Good?
Books, libraries, cute characters who cooperate, and jelly beans...how can that combination miss? With sweet artwork that is not too syrupy, and a kind and tender message that will touch a sensitive spot with most young readers, this is definitely a book kids will enjoy. The pink, sparkly cover may appeal to girls more than boys, but the story is for everyone.
Munsinger's watercolors are delightfully cute. The pages sparkle not only with glitter but with personality. The characters are fluffy little animals, and the pages are uncluttered and pleasant to look at.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.