The Giant Jelly Bean Jar by Marcie AboffTitle: The Giant Jelly Bean Jar
Author: Marcie Aboff
Illustrator: Paige Billin-Frye
Genre: Easy reader
Theme(s): Jelly beans, public speaking, riddles
Opening line/sentence: “Ben loved jelly beans.”
Brief Book Summary: Every week Jo-Jo’s Jelly Bean Shop has a new riddle for the kids to solve. The winner receives a big jar of jelly beans. Ben is a shy boy and speaking up in front of everyone is hard for him, but he always knows the answers to the riddles. This simple story follows Ben though his public speaking journey and attempts to win the big jar of jelly bans.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
The Horn Book Guide Online
K-3 Illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye. Ben is shy about answering riddles at the local candy store, but with his sisters help one Saturday he is brave enough to raise his hand, answer a riddle, and win a jar of jelly beans. The book has an appealing subject and an accessible writing style, and the illustrations are cheery.
Professional Recommendation/Review #2:
Susan Hepler, Ph.D. (Childrens Literature)
Ben wants to win the weekly contest at Jo-Jos jellybean shop and take home the jar of free jellybeans. But he is too shy, does not speak up, and hardly raises his hand, even though the answers to the riddles are easy: banana, pizza, and so forth. Finally, Ben gets up his courage, and when Jo-Jo says the riddle, he raises his hand high, even jumping up, but when he is called on he has forgotten the answer. It is his sister who jogs his memory by stomping on his foot to which he says Oh, nuts before remembering the answer is peanut butter. The gentle humor, the multicultural neighborhood that gathers weekly at the jellybean giveaway, the easy-to-answer riddle, and the sweet sibling relationship make this one new readers will enjoy.
Response to Two Professional Reviews:
Both reviews bring up different positive points that the book has to offer: gentle humor, a multicultural neighborhood, cheery illustrations, etc. I agree that this book offers more positive literary experiences than negative experiences for a young reader.
Evaluation of Literary Elements:
Although short, this book was definitely sweet. The simple plot, followed by the bright, colorful illustrations, makes this story a great easy reader book. The writing style was simple enough for young readers to follow along with, and the appearance of humor throughout the story is an added bonus.
Consideration of Instructional Application:
I would love to incorporate this story into a math lesson where we use jellybeans to count/add. Jellybeans could also be given to each student and each colored jellybean would stand for a question about the story. The student would answer the question that corresponds to their jellybean. This could also be used in other ways too! For example, each color could stand for a different writing prompt, or a different class challenge.
Estimating the number of jelly beans in the jar
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Still, I think of the below as a good exercise in some of the basic skills we have to use every day — notably, simulation and maximum likelihood estimation. A few weeks ago, my roommate came home with an Amazon gift certificate. She had won it at work during the office holiday party, for correctly guessing the number of jelly beans in a large jar. I asked her what her method was for guessing, and she described estimating the volume of the jar, and estimating the number of beans per unit of volume, and so forth. Scientists catch a bunch of fish, tag them, throw them back into the lake, and then repeat the process over and over. Each time, they note how many of the fish in each haul have already been tagged, and this number, or rather, this series of numbers, provides the basis for the estimate of the entire population.