When King Limalot Bear named his daughter Belinda queen, most in the kingdom cheered. Not Mean Ol' Bean. He hatched a plot to get rid of her. Mean Ol' Bear would lure Belinda into the labyrinth, where she was sure to be lost forever. Lucky for the queen L. Joe Bean discovered the plot. But would a wise Pinto Bean be enough to save the queen?
Simple (well-done) rhyme and a clever story make this an enjoyable read for a variety of audiences.
None, really. You may need to explain that a labyrinth is synonym for "maze."
Refreshing. Mean Ol' Bean is clearly a bully (in the classic fairy tale sense), but he doesn't overpower the story. The story is text-heavy, but there are several refrains about Mean Ol' Bean and his dreams that will keep young listeners involved. The illustrations are lovely and light, with enough activity to let kids explore the page. I also liked the activity pages at the end - I didn't pay a lot of attention to the breeze blowing away the flower petals, but the authors have a wind watcher activity so kids can understand that weather phenomenon.
This rhyming picture book wraps life lessons about doing the right thing in a humorous story.
At the back of the book the authors provide pages for things to talk about after you read the book, as well as activities you can do to learn more about some of the concepts, like the wind, designing a maze, and synonyms. One easy one would be to let kids trace the maze's path on the the two pages that give you an overhead view of the full labyrinth.
7 to 10
3 to 6
Borrow, at least. This is fun to read both as a fairy tale and as a story about creative problem solving.