The Bachelor and the Bean by Shelley Fowles
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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A Jewish folktale from Morocco

When a grumpy old bachelor loses his last bean down a well, he is hopping mad. To his amazement, a devilish imp leaps out of the well and gives him a magic pot to keep him quiet. After hearing what the pot can do, a neighbor – a mean, jealous old lady – steals the bachelor’s pot, replacing it with a useless one of her own. The grumpy old bachelor is incensed, but when he eventually butts heads with the grumpy old thief, it turns out she is more of a match for him than he had ever bargained for.

The shenanigans in this sprightly illustrated folktale demonstrate with aplomb that romance, like magic, sometimes lurks in unexpected places.

About Shelley Fowles

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Shelly Fowles was born in South Africa and lives in London, England. This is her first book.
Published March 1, 2003 by Frances Lincoln Childrens Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Fowles illustrates her first picture book, a magic-pot variant, with luminous watercolors that simply glow on the page like stained glass.

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