Not a Bean

Not a Bean

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Coming November 5, 2019. Preorder now!

By: Claudia Guadalupe Martínez / Illustrated by: Laura Gonzalez

A Mexican jumping bean isn't a bean at all. It's a fascinating home and food source for a special kind of caterpillar!

With Spanish vocabulary and a clever counting concept, this poetic story shares the life cycle of a Mexican jumping bean. This curious jumping insect is actually a seedpod from a shrub called yerba de la flecha, into which a caterpillar burrows, living inside the pod until it builds a cocoon and breaks out as a moth. Perfect for preschoolers and prereaders, this creative picture book explores the Mexican jumping bean's daily life and eventual transformation and escape from the pod.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, author

Claudia Guadalupe Martínez grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where she learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with her father. She now lives with her husband and 3 children in Chicago.

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Laura Gonzalez, illustrator

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-815-7

ISBN: 978-1-63289-667-4 EPUB

ISBN: 978-1-63289-668-1 PDF

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Ages: 3–7
Page count: 32
11 x 8 1/2

If you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:
Cincuenta en la cebra: Contando con los animales/Fifty on the Zebra: Counting With the Animals
Bugs for Lunch/Insectos para el almuerzo