Parents' Guide to

The Jellybeans and the Big Dance

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Dance class is about teamwork in bestseller.

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Perfect for the younger group

It is a very good book for the younger group, sending a positive message about finding similarities and working as a team. The two role models are both caring, but my only concern is that they are female. There is no male role model at all.

Is It Any Good?

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A sweet tale that doesn't hit kids over the head with its positive lessons, this book about a frustrating dance class has encouraging things to say about working as a team. Four little girls with four very different ways of thinking manage to come together in time for their dance recital despite a difficult, falling-down start.

A little studied and more than a little adorable (with grown-up ideas about what kids find appealing -- animals in pants, anyone?), this could be a tough sell for kids who shy away from tutus. But the story is engaging enough that parents might be able to entice reluctant kids to stick it out -- especially once they find out that not all the girls are as enamored of tutus as the cover would have us believe.

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