4 out of 4 stars
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Can you bottle happiness? The answer lies in Captain’s Bean Bottle by Holly Jessop. This children’s story is about a little boy named Captain. At the start of winter, he feels very sad because he misses his father who is away. His mother, Meacher, has the perfect solution to cheer up Captain. She gets a special glass bottle and a bag of happy beans. Captain doesn’t understand how this would make him happy again, but he soon realizes that whenever he does something good, Meacher places a bean in the bottle. Captain is delighted and begins to think of ways to earn more happy beans. Eventually, the bottle is full of happy beans and Captain learns to how to count them. What will Captain do with his many happy beans now?
I loved reading this story. I think it will teach children an important lesson – that we become happy by helping others. The story can also teach its young readers about gardening, emotions, and colors. This story is also a valuable resource for parents and teachers. Meacher is a preschool teacher. She resolves conflicts between the children and teaches them art and math skills. I think parents and teachers could implement the ‘happy beans’ activity in real life. It can make doing chores fun for youngsters. The other activities which Meacher used, such as mixing paints, and counting can also be adopted in real life.
I really liked how the author merged the seasons with colors. The story took place throughout an entire year. Each time the season changed, the characters in the story would create a new color to represent it. For example, when summertime came around, Captain and his dad mixed blue and yellow paint to make green paint, which they used to paint the pickets in the garden. I think this was a wonderful artistic addition to the story.
The illustrations in the book were lively and colorful. They reflected the emotions in the story. An animated style was used which would appeal to children. There were no errors in the story but there was one instance where the word ‘Mother’ was used instead of ‘Meacher’. Although it is known that she is Captain’s mother, she is always referred to as ‘Meacher’ in the narrative apart from this instance.
There was nothing that I disliked about this book. This is a wonderful story that will appeal to children, parents, and teachers. Although the story featured preschool students, I don’t think preschoolers would be able to read it themselves because of the lengthy paragraphs and the author’s choice of vocabulary, which may be difficult for them. However, I think they would enjoy listening to the story and looking at the pictures.
I am pleased to rate Captain’s Bean Bottle 4 out of 4 stars. It is educational and it’s a great resource for teachers and parents. Moreover, the illustrations are appealing and I appreciated that the author incorporated so many different aspects into the story such as art, gardening, emotions, and nature.
Captain's Bean Bottle
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