by Bruce Degen

Hardcover, 1999



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HarperCollins (1999), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


A little boy walking in the forest meets a big lovable bear that takes him on a delicious berry-picking adventure in the magical world of Berryland.

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LibraryThing member Jazz2107
All about berries. The rhythm of the words make this book sound so much interesting. As I read the story, I could imagine the laughter that children would get from reading this story. Jamberry discusses all the types of berries and has pictures to show what each one looks like. I would refer this
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book to teachers who are teaching about fruit.
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LibraryThing member shawnd
Given to us by someone in Maine, at first it seemed a little too 'Maine'. Blueberrying and canoeing. However, the kids love this. There are lots of horses and elephants and fairy things to the sides in pages to ask them questions about colors and animals and counting. Overall, very solid part of
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the kids book collection they ask for from time to time.
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LibraryThing member willowsmom
This book has some of the most amazingly vibrant, inventive, original, and mouthwatering pictures I've ever seen. Willow loves to look at the pictures now, and I can only imagine that as she gets older we'll spend lots of time talking about all the different berries, food disguised as plants
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(waffle lilies surrounded by pats of butter...jam roll flowers decorating a strawberry jam skating rink), and silly animals (elephants skating on said jam). The nonsensical language is also great--this is an excellent example of a book that you just MUST sing and dance to as you read it. As silly as it is, the language is also very smart: I appreciate the plays on word combinations, and certain parts are definitely a tongue twister to read. This is a book that, while short in length, will certainly be long in usage...we will be reading, experiencing, and playing with this book for years.
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LibraryThing member bb121789
Bruce Degen
Jamberrry is a fun filled book full of rhythm, rhythm, and repetition. Jamberry is about a boy and a bear gathering up blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries for jam. The hunt for berries turns into a fun filled festival with all kinds of animals that join in
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the berry fun. The illustrations along with the story tell a fun and colorful berry adventure.
I thought this was a fun and colorful book to read to children. I think that this book would go more with the lyric poems. I think the text in the book had a songlike flow to it. This would be a great book for children to read especially children in the beginning reading stage. The author really impresses on berries with rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. All of these elements create a fun and pleasing story to read.
After reading the book to my first grade class I would divide the class up into groups. The groups would be divided up into blueberry group, strawberry group, blackberry group and raspberry group. Each child in the group will color a picture of the boy and bear and the berry they where assigned and copy the lyrics that go with their berries on their picture. After doing this we will read the book again as a class. When we get to each berry the different groups will hold their pictures up and recite their parts as a group.
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LibraryThing member conuly
I love this book. I love the rhythm of it, I love the note at the end, I love the dedication - love it.

Unfortunately, I've yet to get either of my nieces overly involved in it. They'll sit through it, but they won't request it :(

So I've had to take a few stars off what I'd normally rank this book
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as because, in my house, it's just not doing its job.
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LibraryThing member cctaylor1
A journey of a bear and a little boy to search for berries. This young childhood book is filled with colorful pages and rhyming words. Collecting all different berries and going around to different places to find them reminds this author of when he was young collecting berries with his grandmother
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& grandfather. "What a funny jam jamboree!"
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LibraryThing member crashingwaves38
This is an ok book. There are a lot of nonsensical sounds, which kids love. However, it's just so silly as to be of very little worth whatsoever. I gave it three stars only because the silliness helps introduce the kids to different sounds; otherwise, it would have gotten less.
LibraryThing member darleneua
I really liked this childrens' book. I would have it to read to my kindergarten class if I were to teach that age group. I would explain to them how the words in this book rhyme as well.
LibraryThing member fullerl
Follow the journey of a boy and a bear through a land filled with delicious and unusual berries! Have you ever gone over a blueberry waterfall or ridden in a train with giant blackberries? With this story you can imagine you are along for the ride. “Mountains and fountains/Rained down on
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me/Buried in berries/What a jam jamboree!” Dozens of nonsense words and hilarious pictures make this book a delight for readers young and old.
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LibraryThing member Jdonldsn
Get ready for a berry picking adventure where you'll find marshmello reeds, and jelly roll fences! Bruce Degen does a fabulous job with the language and will have children repeating the text over and over! One of my all time favorite picture books.
LibraryThing member dchaves
Kids know all the lines to this story. The lovely rhyme - "One berry, two berry pick me a blueberry." with the wonderful stress on BLUEBERRY. We pick berries every year and read this before we go.
LibraryThing member sammimag
Absolutely gorgeous book, a lovely playful rhyme. Definitely my daughters favorite and my sons as well.
LibraryThing member KylieNelson
One of my favorites! Follow the friendly rhyming bear as he enchants you into a world of berry much fun! Jamberry is great because it introduces wonderful vocabulary in a rhythmic rhyming text, it has beautiful, enchanting and colorful illustration that reflect the fun characters and pace of the
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story. I highly recommend this book, but for specific ages its appropriate for 2 to 5 year olds.
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LibraryThing member MichelleForestier
Jamberry is a rhyming book about a boy and bear that go on adventure to Berryland. This book would be great about introuducing different fruits and rhyms. I think the kids would really enjoy because it is very upbeat.
LibraryThing member nadelle
An all time favorite kids' book at our house. I just read it again to my three year and he got very engrossed in the rhyming and the illustrations.
LibraryThing member LizinHillsdale
A boy and a bear go berry-picking in a rhyming fanciful world.
LibraryThing member ssho2
This book has the most amazing timing and rhymes. Simple yet complicated, reminiscent of Dr Seuss but with a different feel. I love the whole story, the sillyness, the beautiful rhyming an the characters bonding and having a fun day. It is a dream day for a young child!
LibraryThing member katieloucks
Loved this as a kid!
LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
A world of toast trees and berry bridges didn't excite Emmett as much as I though it might, probably because he's used to already eating parts of the world on a daily basis with his dad (we live in a neighbourhood with a lot of herb gardens and fruit trees).
LibraryThing member KristenRoper
Overflowing with all types of berries and a perfect read for late summer, Jamberry captures the essence of rhyme, alliteration, and visual language. Degen’s text is abundant with sweet rhymes and frolicking rhythm; it’s all the fun of a tongue twister without being difficult to say aloud. I
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never tire of reading it aloud to C, even though I must say the word berry 30+ times! C loves the whimsical illustrations, including a blueberry waterfall and exploding berry fireworks.
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LibraryThing member Cfmichel
A bear and a little boy go searching for berries in Berry Land which has more berries that imaginable! Wonderful for young kids, especially since it rhymes! Follow the pair as they have fun in Berry Land searching for the best berries on this wonderful adventure.
LibraryThing member mmparker
We've been reading this to the kid since birth, but she's really getting into it at around 20 months. Fun, lots of good detail, doesn't really get old for me. Although my theory about how the book is actually the kid's hallucination from eating poisonous berries is getting pretty elaborate.


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0060214163 / 9780060214166

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