Don't Spill the Beans!
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Don't Spill the Beans!

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Bear's got a secret.

What could it be?

Could it have something to do with you?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Greenwillow Books (first published 2010)
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Even though there is not a whole lot to this story, there are a couple of reasons that make me just itch to share this in storytime.

I LOVE the picture of bear tipped over and trying to hold in his secret! So totally spot on for the intended age group. My kids couldn't EVER keep secrets when they were in the 3-6 year range. You could almost see the secret bouncing around inside them, wanting to get out. I think the kids I read this to will totally relate and be captivated by this little bea...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Bear has a secret and he tells all his friends. Everyone except you. What could this secret be? Why wouldn't he tell you? Could it be...a surprise for you?

What I thought: How nice to see all the animals from Read It, Don't Eat It! again. This book is a delight from the illustrations to the surprise. The colors are just right and Schoenherr once again makes good use of white space. I love the use of synonyms and cliches. This would be a good book for teaching elementary students about those conce...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Keeping a secret's especially hard to do when...
~ Monty K.
The characters from Read it, Don't eat it! return, this time with a big secret! Can bear keep the secret or will he spill the beans? Of course, he spills the secret, which is to wish the reader a happy birthday. While very cute and fun, it seems pretty niche to me-- would a kid still enjoy this book when it isn't near their birthday? Will parents want to endure the "when is my birthday" question a million times every time they read this?
I enjoyed this book it showed how to build suspense in my opinion.I like how the bear couldn't keep the secret he just had to tell someone. And to me this shows kids no matter what you may have to tell someone about the secret and that it OK to do so.

Make a birthday banner as a class and hang it up and then take each child's picture with them holding the date of their birthday and make a birthday calender on a wall in the class room
Good pictures. Fun rhyming. Funny to see how the bear keeps a secret. Best part was "Leak it to Beaver!" I still laugh! I think a preschool crowd will enjoy the story, as long as what the secret is doesn't get confusing to them. Perhaps if I do a theme on that, then they will be all right with it.
My 4 yr old son read this first with Daddy and his introduction to me was that it was funny. It goes through the list of idioms related to telling/keeping a secret before the big reveal at the end. It is cute and simple and he loved it.
Gwen the Librarian
I’m a big fan of Schoenherr’s gorgeous illustration style and look forward to each new book, but this book, which I believe is supposed to illustrate synonyms/idioms for telling a secret, doesn’t have a plot that really works for me.
This book is alright... The illustrations are lackluster. They are basically a character with a white background. It's a good story about secrets or surprises. Also, it's a birthday book. I've just seen better.
Great layout with lots of white space, big colorful text, and well-drawn characters. The floating animals bother me in a couple of the illustrations, but other than that I find this book very appealing.
Destinee Sutton
A lot of fun rhymes and plays on words, my favorite being "leak it to beaver." I like the the big text and the clear illustrations. A great book for a big story time audience, even if it's no one's birthday.
A happy birthday book in rhyme. Bear tries hard to keep a birthday secret, until he just about busts.

Used for "Bears" Storytime: October, 2011.
It's a birthday book! Perfect for a special storytime with a birthday kid, but not everyday programming
Cute. Sweet. Good book for encouraging the early literacy skill of vocabulary. Is it spectacular? No...
The Library Lady
Nice rhymes. Nice on a birthday. But what kid is going to want to read this on any other day of the year?
A cute birthday book. Not as good as Read It, Don't Eat It, which I LOVE!
Print awareness, phonological awareness,grat for younger storytime.
Guess I'm a sucker for dense, candy-colored illustrations.
May 06, 2010 John added it
Another good storytime book for 3-5 yr olds!
birthdays, secrets, bears, forest animals
Lol, my kids and I loved, loved, loved it!
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Feb 27, 2010 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jennifer Sechler
Cute birthday book.
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