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Beans on the Roof

by Betsy Byars

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One of my favourite authors, this is a title I had never heard of before. An early chapter book for suggested ages 5-8 or up to about Gr. 3, this is an easy to read story about family. Anna has to write a poem for school and chooses to write about roofs, so her mother lets her go up on the apartment roof to write the poem. The two younger siblings want to go up as well so must promise not to bother Anna and have to write a roof poem as well. The story that follows is a simple tale of siblings, family and poetry. A nice story, though it does portray an '80s lifestyle thus feeling a bit out of date. One thing that struck my as absurd was the illustration of Anna; she has a mullet! I don't believe I've ever seen anyone in children's illustration with that hairstyle before and she looks absolutely awful. LOL. A decent enough story but not one of Byars best by any means. ( )
  ElizaJane | Mar 26, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440403146, Paperback)

George Bean always wants to play on the roof of his apartmentbuilding. But only his older sister Anna can sit there, because she's writing a roof poem. Anna may be the first Bean to be in a book if the poem wins a contest at school.



George decides to write a roof poem too. Soon all the Beans are on the roof writing the roof poems. All except George. He needs some inspiration. How will he get it?

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As each of the five members of the Bean family tries to write a "roof" poem, they come to realize just how nice it is to be a Bean.

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