cover image The Jelly Bean Tree

The Jelly Bean Tree

Toni Yuly. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-250-09406-3

Yuly (Cat Nap) introduces a patient blue giraffe named Jelly Bean, who finds herself caring for a family of birds. Jelly Bean loves standing among the trees, and she “especially loves to nap with them.” As Jelly Bean rests, readers see a bird building a nest between her ears; once awake, the giraffe stands motionless, protecting the bird and her eggs. “I am a tree,” she tells her visiting animal friends. “See my nest?” The story’s premise and artwork, a mix of torn-paper and digital collage, share a sweetness and simplicity: weathered paper edges give Yuly’s animals a plushlike texture, and her careful use of other elements (such as twine for the nest) adds visual appeal. Driven by endearing scenes of generosity—Jelly Bean’s friends take care of their friend while she’s occupied, and even after the chicks hatch they aren’t quite ready to leave their unconventional home—this story imparts a gentle message about being a good friend and looking out for one another. Up to age 4. Agent: Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management. (June)