Genre- Traditional Literature

handful-of-beansTitle: A Handful of Beans

Author: Jeanne Steig

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Age Level: Elementary (3-4) or Upper (5-6)

Date: 1998

Summary: A book with a collection of six fairy tales with a few illustrations to go along with each one. The fairy tales include: Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Strengths: Fot the most part the six different fairy tales are told like I remember them. There might be a few differences, but not many. I like the idea of six fairy tales in one book and I like the size of the book is smaller than a normal book. There are few pictures, but they are still fun to look at.

Concerns: There is a lot of text in these fairy tales with very few pictures. This could be a problem if a teacher tries to read the fairy tales to the classroom. They might not pay attention for long. There is a lot of use of white space and as I was reading I did not appreciate it. I thought it would have been nice for some more pictures or even spot drawings.

Classroom Use: This book would be hard to use in the classroom. There are not a lot of pictures, so it might be hard to read it to the class and keep them entertained. The only way I can think of to use it is to show students the different variety of fairy tales and the different versions.

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