Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth

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Dear Friend, the tiny note reads,
In appreciation of your kindness and generosity,
I leave you this Full Belly Bowl.
You need never know hunger again.
Use it wisely or it will be a burden.
To empty, pour it out.
When not in use, store it upside down and out of reach of children.

"What on earth is a Full Belly Bowl?" the very old man wonders -- but he soon finds out. No matter how much he eats from it, the bowl magically refills itself. For the first time in a long time, the old man isn't hungry. Then he discovers that the bowl can refill itself with other things -- even his one copper coin -- and now it looks like he'll never want for anything again!
His excitement makes him careless, however, and as he hurries off to spend some of his new wealth, he leaves the bowl right side up. And who can say what might get into the Full Belly Bowl in his absence?
Fully realized in Wendy Halperin's beautiful and intricate illustrations, Jim Aylesworth's whimsical folktale will delight readers while striking a note of caution.
 

About Jim Aylesworth

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In addition to writing for children, Jim Aylesworth was a first-grade teacher for twenty-five years. Several of his most popular stories appear in Jim Aylesworth's Book of Bedtime Stories, and he is also the author of the recent Through the Night. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
 
Published October 1, 1999 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When a very old man, who lives in a tiny house at the edge of a forest with his cat, Angelina, rescues a very small man from the jaws of a fox, he is rewarded with a full belly bowl.

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When an old man who lives in a cozy but meager home saves a ""wee small man"" from a fox and then helps him recuperate, he receives the gift of a ""full belly bowl."" An accompanying letter explains the rules: ""When not in use, store it upside down."" At first all is well, as the magic bowl mult...

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