by Jill Dessner Hiss In this illustrated childrens tale, Mr. Peppeto is a kind old man whose only delight in life is seeing the smiling faces of the children. He is the owner of a very special candy shop that attracts all the children in the village. He loves to tell the children stories of mysterious and magical happeningsand he especially likes to tell the story of his beautiful jellybean jar. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Growing up with parents and five siblings in New Rochelle, New York, Jill Dessner Hiss always had something to do, like play board games and charades. She remembers her mother waking them late at night, to play in the snow. As a teen, she enjoyed writing poetry and short stories. She moved to rural Indiana where she married and she raised her family of four children, Tony, Nathan, Matthew, and Maegan, who gave her the inspiration to write Peppeto's Magic Jelly Bean. There was never a dull moment as they were growing up. Ms. Hiss would like to thank God for blessing her with her children and making her life so much richer. (2005, paperback, 36 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.