Books and the Jelly Bean


Jelly Beans. It turns out jelly beans and books go together quite well, no matter what age! World Book Day 2018 is coming up SUPER quickly. It is on 1 March every year and schools and nurseries around the world will be dressing up in their favourite book characters. We had loads of fun last year dressing up Patronus A! You can see pictures of her from last year at the bottom. 

This year we are championing Storytelling with props. If you want to read more about that then I have previously written a blog post about it, link below. 

Reading books with your children with the additional use of props can further help spark imagination and play long after the book has finished being read. It can lead to further discussion, dressing up, creating, eating and general playing. As i was going through our books I realised we had a couple of books that have or are about Jelly Beans in them. When was the last time you ate a Jelly Bean? It has been years, so that's when I decided our storytelling prop would be an eating one! Patronus A and B have never had them before so it was really fun. 

The two books we used are: 


Jelly beans feature in both these books. The New Small Person by Lauren Child was given to us after Patronus B was born. Patronus A was struggling somewhat, tantrums went nuclear and more often then not she became Dementor A. This book really helped us. It is about a boy being the centre of attention until a new person arrives. This new boy is annoying, until one day he realises that the new boy is actually fun, he even lets him share his jelly beans. So well written and the illustrations are awesome. 

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The next book we used was The Magnificant Jelly bean Tree, by Maura Finn, illustrated by Aura Parker. This is about a boy who explains his Jelly Bean grew into a tree, a tree so magnificent that it produced hundreds of jelly beans. They are juicy and not hard like the ones you buy in the shops, the glow like lanterns in the dark and he stays in his tree. He soon realises that it's pretty lonely without anyone to share it with so invites his family along. Again, the illustrations are so fun. 

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I hadn't realised when I bought them that these particular Jelly Beans have 35 flavours in them. After Patronus A had eaten a few she came running to me saying that she didn't like them. Funnily enough I had just eaten a Liquorice one and it was so unexpected I had to laugh. I'll bet all my Jelly Beans she must have eaten a coffee, cinnamon or liquorice one. As soon as I crunched down on that liquorice one my mind took me straight to Harry Potter. Can anyone guess where I'm going with this? 

Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans. 




If you haven't read or watched Harry Potter,   ( shame on you) they were sweets that a wizard named Bertie Botts accidentally made.

Bertie Botts pictured to the right. 

Albert Dumbledore (headmaster of Hogwarts, again, shame on you if you don't know who that is) famously said that he had eaten a vomit flavoured bean in his youth and had put him off them. 


I guess my point to the above paragraph is that, Storytelling with props is not just for kids! That string of consciousness that I had while eating Jelly Beans has made me want to pick all the Harry Potter books and read them again! Older children can play games with the jelly beans guessing which is which flavour. 


As promised last years celebration of World Book Day. Patronus A went as Princess Daisy from Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights. An EXCELLENT read. It is all about girl power. We have noticed that the children's book market have more and more books about Princesses who are not just damsels in distress. We love these books at our house. If you are interested in some GIRL POWER books here are a few:

  • The Worst Princess, Anna Kemp
  • Zog, Julia Donaldson
  • Zog and the Flying Doctors, Julia Donaldson
  • The Princess and the Giant, Caryl Hart
  • The Princess and the Peas, Caryl Hart
  • The Princess and the Christmas Rescue, Caryl Hart
  • Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight, Mark Sperring 

A book a day and the elves will stay.

It should come as no surprise to you all by now that we are a family that loves books. It is a part of who we are. We love to get completely lost in a story. Sometimes so much so that Mummy and Daddy Patronus can feel pretty devastated when it is finished. As parents we love long epics of books that tell of faraway lands where people live and breathe magic, where dragons, mythical people and beasts are not pretend and where heroes are made or destroyed. To be blunt, we are through and through Fantasy and Sci-Fi fanatics. Our house is overflowing with books, so much so we could easily open our own little village library. This passion for fiction has overspilled into our Patronus A and B's everyday existence. A week wouldn't be the same if we didn't make at least one trip to the library to get out as many books as we can carry. There's only so many books I can buy the children... Plus it is a fantastic way to test out books and see which ones will make our forever pile. 

So with Christmas round the corner, it is just another excuse to delve into the deep vast internet and libraries to uncover old family Christmas favourites and discovering new and exciting ones too. Most respectable libraries have a plethora of Christmas books where one day at the end of November magically appear on their shelves. Of course, we all know it is the Christmas elves that come at night with their sack loads of books, carefully depositing them onto the shelves when no one is there. Come January those same elves squirrel them away somewhere safe until the next year. A touch of Christmas magic. Blink and you'll miss it. So, don't blink! Open your eyes and see the sheer volume of Christmas books you can get your little ones involved in. This is how Christmas traditions begin... 

Now listen, I know it is still November, but I can already feel in the wind the quiet before the storm. Can't you? The busyness of December is mounting and before you know it you won't have time to even think about Christmas books let alone reading them. Why not take stock in the week and a half before December hits and make a list of the Christmas books you might want to make a special effort to read to your children. Most parents do a book or two before bedtime anyway so there is really no excuse! 

So, in the next few weeks I will be scattering our instagram feed with Christmas books.

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