Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme

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Peanut Butter and Jelly...A Children's Rhyme and Sandwich Making Book

Feb 13, 2005
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Pros:*Repetitive
*Fun
*Simple Text
*Silly Illustrations

Cons:~~~

The Bottom Line: I would recommend Peanut Butter and Jelly for children over the age of two. It is fun and fanciful and a creative way to make a sandwich.



Along with learning about Valentine’s Day this month, my little daycare group and I are studying foods and healthy eating. Well, of course a staple of most children’s diets is Peanut Butter and Jelly so it was fun sharing a book about making this great sandwich.


The Story

This is a very simple rhyme/story about making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not the simple go to the cupboard and get the jars, but rather start with making the bread and going from there.

First you take the dough and
Knead it, knead it.

Peanut Butter, peanut butter,
Jelly, jelly.


After making the bread the baker goes on to talk about how to make the peanut butter and a group of elephants help with that. Next of course you have to squash the grapes to make the jelly. Once again elephants are perfect for squashing, a tub full of grapes and elephants and the perfect jelly is made.

Once the huge peanut butter and jelly sandwich is made it is laid out on the kitchen table and the children, the baker, the dog, the cat and the elephants all sit around the table and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

The last page shows bubbles all over and the clean up process begins. A good way to end the book.


The Illustrations

The imaginative illustrations in this book have a cartoon look to them. They are fun and silly and often bigger than life. The loaf of bread that the group bakes is so big that it needs a step stool in order to slice a piece off. The piece of bread covers the entire table, making it just right for a whole group to eat.

The colors used are muted shades of blues, grays, yellow and reds. The pages aren’t bright, but rather soft tones and shading fill each of the pages with interesting artwork.

The text is placed where it is easily seen and a medium large black font is used to make reading easy for those just learning to read or for someone reading to a group of children.


My Feelings

We had such fun with this book, right from the first reading. I used some hand movements and then when I got to the last page realized that the book had suggestions of movements to do. We were already set with the made up movements so continue using those.

This is such a simple book and yet it was great to show the kids that bread isn’t just something that comes from the supermarket…you have to ‘knead it’ and bake it. Same with the peanut butter and jelly although I don’t think I would want to eat peanut butter or jelly made by elephants.

This book would be great for early readers since it is very repetitious. Of course being repetitious is great for younger children as well because they love knowing the words in a book and my daycare group loved doing the hand movements over and over.

I think it is great too that this book ends with everyone cleaning up the mess that was made. Not only did the group get to have the fun of making and eating the sandwich, they all took responsibility for cleaning up too. Reading to young children it is great to show the whole process and the importance of working together.


Nuts & Bolts

Peanut Butter and Jelly
is a familiar play rhyme that was illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

This book was published by Puffin Books, a division of Penguin Books in 1992.

This 24 page book is excellent for children 2 – 7 years old.

The jacket price on this book is $5.99 US and $8.99 CAN.

ISBN: 0-14-054852-1


Recommend this product? Yes

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