Peanut Butter & Jellyous

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Illustrated by: Steve Mack
Pages: 32, Color
Size: 8″ x 10″
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Series: Books for Nourishing Friendships
ISBN-10: 1433823373
ISBN-13: 978-1433823374
Publisher: Magination Press (August 2017)
Language: English

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Books for Nourishing Friendships

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Peanut Butter and Jelly. Jelly and Peanut Butter. They are ALWAYS together!

But when Peanut Butter starts hanging out with other friends, Jelly flips her lid. Find out how these two best friends learn to stick together…while making room for new friends!

Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators with more information about jealousy in friendships and how to best handle it.


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Why I like the Books for  Nourishing Friendship Series:

Michael Genhart’s text is lively, lyrical and will charm young children. He uses fun food word play and a good dose of humor in all three books.

Children will relate to strong and memorable characters that jump off the pages, identify with their friendship problems and learn some learn new strategies for coping. The characters deal with their own issues and do their own problem solving in all three stories — no adults involved.

Steve Mack’s illustrations are bold and colorful and explode off each pages. He captures the priceless expressions of the characters, which will make kids laugh out loud. Children do their own problem solving in all three stories. No adults involved.

Resources: This series will be a winning one with children. They are perfect classroom books for the beginning of a new school year. The three books include a Note to Parents and Educators with information about jealousy, bossy behavior, getting attention in all the wrong ways, and strategies to help guide children to cope and behave while being mindful of others’ feelings.

Reviewed by: Patricia Tilton

Peanut Butter and Jellyous is a book written by Michael Genhart. Peanut Butter is friends with Jelly. I believe there is a joke in the book—“jellyous” for “jealous.” Ha ha! Did you catch that? Jellyous. Jealous. There are also a couple of other puns that are ironic. Can you find them all? This book also talks about friendship. Peanut Butter finds some other friends, and Jelly gets with Crumpet and Tea. They have a party. But Peanut Butter finds Jelly. He brings some friends like Honey. This book teaches a lesson: “sometimes friendships get sticky.” This means that friendships don’t always go exactly the way you want them to. The illustrations don’t look like the actual foods (like Rintoo from that Kai Lan show where he doesn’t look like a tiger). I loved where Peanut Butter and Jelly get together again in the end. It is a good story for thinking about the ups and downs of being a friend. Kids who are interested in social skills and kids who LOVE PB&J sandwiches will REALLY enjoy this book!

Reviewed By: Susan Faith – Age 9