A Day in the Life of Big Beanie

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A Day in the Life of Big Beanie
Author: Miwa Nakaya
Specifications: ISBN  978-4097261919
32 pages
18.4 x 27.0 cm / 7.3 x 10.8 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 3+
Publisher: Shogakukan Inc.
Tokyo, 2006
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This is another installment in the hugely popular series of picture books featuring a charming fava-bean character named Soramame-kun, or Big Beanie.

Big Beanie’s most treasured possession is his soft, fluffy bed made out of the shell of a fava-bean pod. One day Big Beanie finds himself in a field full of dandelions and is transfixed by all the white puffballs looking just as fluffy and soft as his prized bed. It gives him an idea. He uses a stick to carve out a good-sized hole in the ground, and fills it to the brim with puffballs. Voilà! Another cozy bed!

He thinks it’s too delightful to keep to himself, so he goes in search of his friends, telling Edamame, the Green Pea siblings, and Pod-pea that he’s made something really neat they need to come and see. They are all on their way to fetch Peanut as well, when raindrops begin to fall. By the time they’ve waited out the rain playing at Peanut’s house and get back to the dandelion field, Big Beanie’s bed of puffballs has been washed away and reduced to a puddle of water. All are comforting the dejected Big Beanie when Pod-pea notices a rainbow arcing across the sky. They stand on each other’s shoulders to try to catch it, but end up collapsing and falling into the puddle, where they notice there’s a rainbow right there in the water.

After wearing themselves out at play, they all get a good night’s sleep and come back the next day. This time they get to fill the hole with puffballs again and enjoy rolling around on a soft, fluffy bed together.

Readers will experience a warm and fuzzy feeling as they follow the story of Big Beanie and his amusing friends spending a day together and ultimately getting to revel in a soft, fluffy bed.