Reading about Beans

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you previously determined you would never be? In “How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans” by David LaRochelle and Mark Fearing, Martha, a green bean despising child, finds a note that says:

 We have taken your parents.

              -The Beans

Like most kids with parents who make them follow certain rules, Martha is excited. Then reality sets in and she makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her parents. Martha chooses to eat the vegetable she normally avoids.

The book addresses the universal experience of children not liking some foods. It speaks to adults too. Grownups gain that unexpected break from our too serious approach to life through the humor and imagination provided by LaRochelle's story and Fearing's illustrations.

Reading a story about a bunch of green beans that act like bandits is more fun that one might imagine having at the end of a long workday. Find a child and read it! When you think you are done laughing out loud, you’ll turn to the last page for one final chuckle.   

 If you can’t find a child? Read it anyway.