Has Little Bean disappeared again? In the city of Beijing, China, something very unusual has been happening in the life of an imaginative young kindergartener. Vanishing during kindergarten at the most unexpected moments, Little Bean is replaced by an array of fascinating Chinese characters. Some of these include an acrobat, a fisherwoman, an opera singer, and even a bamboo-eating panda - all of whom liven up an otherwise ordinary day within the walls of Little Bean's kindergarten. These "guests" introduce young readers to an exciting taste of Chinese culture. But what about Little Bean? Fortunately, there is a way to ensure her speedy reappearance. Grandma and Grandpa discover that the key to bringing her back quickly is a bag of delicious salty plums!