Beans on the Roof by Betsy Byars

Beans on the Roof

byBetsy Byars, Melodye Rosales

Kobo ebook | February 12, 2013

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Anna Bean goes to the roof in search of inspiration, and soon her family will follow her into a new world just a few floors above their home

The Bean children are not allowed to play on the roof of their apartment building. One evening Anna Bean goes up to the roof—not to play, but to be alone so she can write a poem for school. Her poetry writing fever is contagious; one by one, the rest of the Bean family visits the roof to write amongst pigeons and tall buildings—all except George, who can’t think of anything to write about. Beans on the Roof is a wonderful, inspiring story for young readers with a passion for creative writing.


This ebook features an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

Images from previously published versions of this content have been removed to avoid copyright infringement.

Title:Beans on the RoofFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Open Road MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1453294252

ISBN - 13:9781453294253


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Family Beans One of my favourite authors, this is a title I had never heard of before. An early chapter book for suggested ages 5-8 or up to about Gr. 3, this is an easy to read story about family. Anna has to write a poem for school and chooses to write about roofs, so her mother lets her go up on the apartment roof to write the poem. The two younger siblings want to go up as well so must promise not to bother Anna and have to write a roof poem as well. The story that follows is a simple tale of siblings, family and poetry. A nice story, though it does portray an '80s lifestyle thus feeling a bit out of date. One thing that struck my as absurd was the illustration of Anna; she has a mullet! I don't believe I've ever seen anyone in children's illustration with that hairstyle before and she looks absolutely awful. LOL. A decent enough story but not one of Byars best by any means. Though I'm thrilled tp see it available on Kobo!
Date published: 2014-03-26