Book Title: The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie
Category: Children’s Fiction, 48 pages
Genre: Fantasy / Nature
Publisher: Page Publishing
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Jan 22 to Feb 2, 2018
Content Rating: G
Popcorn and Jellybean had never ventured down the path beyond the big tree. But since they never really did anything exciting, and even though it made them a little nervous at first, they decided it would be a fun adventure for a couple of days. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out, if the explorers were not prepared! Join them as they take on new challenges each day, learn how to survive by following the behaviors of the animals they encounter, and go where Mother Nature leads them. And who knows, maybe we could learn as well!
This is a very sweet story about two characters named Popcorn and Jellybean who travel out past the typical boundaries of their neighborhood in search of a grand adventure. This is an interesting story for young school age children because it details the entire journey. It begins by describing where they want to go, then dives into preparing for the trip, seeking shelter while they are gone, figuring out how to find food along the way and ultimately figuring out how to return home once their adventure is over.
This story doesn’t involve any parents. It simply tells the tale of two children who are old and ready enough to venture out on their own. Along the way they encounter problems and have to solve them as they have no means to ask for help and cannot rely on a parent or elder for help.
In this world of helicopter parenting I like how the two characters are forced to problem solve. When they are hungry and their sandwiches have all been eaten they must find an alternative source of food. One of the characters in the story is well versed in searching and preparing food. He teaches the other where to look, how to follow the animals and ultimately keeps them fed until they can return to their homes.
My son really enjoyed listening to this story with me. He was confused why the characters looked like food items though rather than children. He said he would have preferred the story to be about real kids and that the pictures in the book showed those kids as young boys out discovering nature.