4 out of 4 stars
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Jelly Bean Dean by Tracy Stanaway is a charming children's book that celebrates individuality. After getting wet in a rainstorm, Baby Jelly Bean loses her beautiful color and becomes speckled. Although her mother feels guilty for not drying Jelly Bean quickly, her parents couldn't love her more. Sadly, people make cruel remarks about Jelly Bean, remarking on her "awful color" and calling her "funny-looking." Things get worse when poor Jelly Bean starts school, and the other children are mean to her until an act of kindness brings surprising results.
The entertaining children's book conveys an anti-bullying message and traverses themes of love, acceptance, rejection, compassion, guilt, individuality, empathy, and friendship. The story is engaging and features colorful illustrations. Stanaway wrote the book in memory of her mother and her lifelong nickname, "...the original Jelly Bean Dean." Young readers may enjoy learning that the author's love for her mother inspired the touching story.
There is a lot to like about this amusing picture book. In addition to its relevant message, the lovely illustrations bring various characters to life, including the hospital nurse, Jelly Bean's parents, her best friend, Rose, and her teacher, Ms. P. I particularly like Stanaway's attention to detail. From baby Jelly Bean's tiny car seat to the picturesque views from the windows of the family home, every page depicts a different scene illustrated in vibrant hues, which is sure to delight young readers.
I honestly can't name anything I dislike about this delightful children's book. The story will amuse young readers as they learn the value of self-acceptance, friendship, and diversity. Additionally, it is exceptionally edited.
It is my pleasure to rate Jelly Bean Dean 4 out of 4 stars. The fun picture book teaches young readers about individuality and accepting themselves and others. I recommend it to children through the age of 10, parents, grandparents, and teachers.
Jelly Bean Dean
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