A magical story will inspire you to grow your own runner beans.
When Jody’s grandfather comes to visit, he brings along a packet of seeds for them to plant. Through spring, summer, and fall, Jody watches her plants sprout, flower, and grow lots of beans. Soon, as Jody’s parents await a new baby, Grandpa and Jody are picking the beans — and waiting for next spring. Back matter includes an index.
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Jody¿s Beans is a story of a young girl¿s exploration of the process of life through the planting of runner bean with her grandfather. The step by step experience of growing a garden is intertwined with the patience it takes for new life to form. Jody¿s granddad takes Jody and the reader from planting to harvesting, to saving seeds to use for the next generation of runner bean plants. The illustrations throughout the book tell the same story, only it is applied to Jody¿s mother and her developing pregnancy. I loved this book. The author did a great job of developing the theme of the story in a subtle way. The birth of a second child can be a traumatic time in the life of a child; this book ties the process to a process that can be understood by all ages. The illustrations were simple which also adds to the theme of the story. As an extension, this book offers several different opportunities. The obvious is to use this book along side a science lesson on plants. Read the story to the class, then have a lesson on seeds. This will help them to understand the need to be patient while waiting on thier plants to grow. It would be a good book to share with the class to discuss the seasons of the year. It shows the different parts of the plant lifecycle for each season.
A wonderful little story of a child learning of the wonders of gardening, the change of the seasons, the 1-on-1 attention of a grandfather. My granddaughter loved it, requests a re-read frequently. Charming sketches embelish the story. A good quiet choice for bedtime - just the right length.