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1-2-3 Peas

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by Keith Baker
     
 

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The peas are back in this counting-themed follow-up to the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas.

Meet the peas—the 1-2-3 Peas! Come along as they count from one to one hundred in this pea-filled picture book that’s packed with bright, bold numbers and playful number-themed scenes. These tiny green mathematicians will have young

Overview

The peas are back in this counting-themed follow-up to the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas.

Meet the peas—the 1-2-3 Peas! Come along as they count from one to one hundred in this pea-filled picture book that’s packed with bright, bold numbers and playful number-themed scenes. These tiny green mathematicians will have young readers everywhere calling for more peas, please!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The bipedal green peas that starred in LMNO Peas return in a lively counting romp. Interacting with large, brightly colored numerals, the peas plant seeds, hammer nails into a wooden platform, and jump into a pool: “Five peas painting—/ brush, brush, brush,/ Six peas traveling—/ rush, rush, rush.” The peas skip rope as numbers 11 through 19 are clustered onto one spread (“skip, skip, skip”), before the book begins counting by tens and the commotion rockets, bringing readers up to 100. Baker’s energizing graphics are as joyful and fresh as in the first book, anthropomorphizing the peas in spreads that burst with personality. Ages 3–7. (July)
August 2012 - The New York Times Book Review
“Baker’s follow-up to “LMNO Peas” features that book’s clever and amiable concept, which can be summarized thus: peas are cute. They are cute when one of them holds a telescope, and they are cute when two of them go fishing or three of them paddle rowboats, one wearing a ponytail, another in a baseball cap. They are especially fetching when wearing tutus and spinning like whirling dervishes. Children will coo at them in hammocks. They will appreciate their attempts to put together a 50-piece puzzle. They will like everything about peas—as long as they don’t have to eat them.”
San Francisco Chronicle
"Counting never looked as fun as it does in 1-2-3 Peas.... The tiny, busy peas are a hoot, driving, flying, biking around giant numerals on each colorful spread."
From the Publisher
“A welcome companion to Baker’s alphabet book, LMNO Peas (2010), this counting book features a large cast of the same odd but charming little characters: green peas with skinny arms and legs, occasional footwear or headgear, and abundant energy. The spacious format supports a series of well-composed double-page spreads in which huge numerals in vibrant colors and patterns stand out brilliantly against the white backgrounds used in most pictures. Meanwhile, the little peas scurry about, illustrating phrases in the rhymed couplets that unite the scenes…. Children will enjoy finding the right number of characters in each scene in this inviting introduction to counting.”

Booklist Online, August 8, 2012

“In this companion to L-M-N-O Peas, the wildly animated crew of peas takes a numerical jaunt from 1 to 100…. The crisply metric text makes this as much fun to read as it is to pore over, and it’s a whole lot of fun to pore over…the numeral is treated as a physical element in the pea-rich vignettes for the little veggie participants to fish off of, drive around, or build on. The highly detailed activities of said peas are definitely worth a closer look (Peayoncé can be found crooning on the “Seventy peas singing” page).While little listeners will appreciate the story, they will especially enjoy the opportunity to take a closer look when storytime is through.”

BCCB, October 2012

August 2012 The New York Times Book Review
“Baker’s follow-up to “LMNO Peas” features that book’s clever and amiable concept, which can be summarized thus: peas are cute. They are cute when one of them holds a telescope, and they are cute when two of them go fishing or three of them paddle rowboats, one wearing a ponytail, another in a baseball cap. They are especially fetching when wearing tutus and spinning like whirling dervishes. Children will coo at them in hammocks. They will appreciate their attempts to put together a 50-piece puzzle. They will like everything about peas—as long as they don’t have to eat them.”
“A welcome companion to Baker’s alphabet book, LMNO Peas (2010), this counting book features a large cast of the same odd but charming little characters: green peas with skinny arms and legs, occasional footwear or headgear, and abundant energy. The spacious format supports a series of well-composed double-page spreads in which huge numerals in vibrant colors and patterns stand out brilliantly against the white backgrounds used in most pictures. Meanwhile, the little peas scurry about, illustrating phrases in the rhymed couplets that unite the scenes…. Children will enjoy finding the right number of characters in each scene in this inviting introduction to counting.”

Booklist Online, August 8, 2012

“In this companion to L-M-N-O Peas, the wildly animated crew of peas takes a numerical jaunt from 1 to 100…. The crisply metric text makes this as much fun to read as it is to pore over, and it’s a whole lot of fun to pore over…the numeral is treated as a physical element in the pea-rich vignettes for the little veggie participants to fish off of, drive around, or build on. The highly detailed activities of said peas are definitely worth a closer look (Peayoncé can be found crooning on the “Seventy peas singing” page).While little listeners will appreciate the story, they will especially enjoy the opportunity to take a closer look when storytime is through.”

BCCB, October 2012

Kirkus Reviews
After an alphabetical, rhyming tour de force (LMNO Peas, 2010), Baker's energetic pea pack is back--this time, to count by ones and 10s. Baker sidesteps the trickiness of rhyming the numerals by selecting a repeating word for each short verse. "ONE pea searching--look, look, look, / TWO peas fishing--hook, hook, hook." Those numerals rise sky-high (to peas, at least) to dominate the digitally composed visuals, often serving as props for the frenzy of vegetative activity. At "TEN peas building--pound, pound, pound," the peas erect a wooden platform around the numeral--mainly, it would seem, as an excuse for exuberantly hammering dozens of nails. Baker circumvents those oft-pesky 'teens in one deft double-page spread: "Eleven to nineteen--skip, skip, skip!" Then it's a double-page spread per decade, with peas traveling, napping, watching fireworks and more. "SEVENTY peas singing" provide a bevy of details to spy: A fab foursome (the Peatles) rocks out above a chorus and director. Nearby, a barbershop quartet, a Wagnerian soloist, a showering pea and a dancing "Peayoncé" add to the fun. Whether they're counting scores of peas, enjoying the rhymes and puns or relishing the funny visual quirks, families are sure to devour Baker's latest winner. Totally ap-pea-ling! (Picture book. 3-7)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
1-2-3-Peas is more than a counting book, just as its companion, LMNO Peas, is more than an alphabet book. Counting from one to twenty, and then from there to one hundred by tens, the numbers are printed almost page size and spelled out as well, accompanied by brief, simple rhymes with repetitions. The activities described in the verses refer to those of the active peas. The number shown is exactly the number of nattily dressed round green peas busily fishing, searching, boating, planting, etc. Five peas, for example, appropriately clad, are busily painting a large number 5, "...brush, brush, brush." Forty peas are napping—"sleep, sleep, sleep." Large white pages, with one in black, are crowded with the numbers and the cartoon-y peas enjoying themselves. There is a crisp, clean-cut quality to the digitally produced illustrations and the multicolored numerals that act like scenery for the actions. The green end pages are full of peas. Counting practice is made fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This colorful counting book features the same cast of characters introduced in Baker's LMNO Peas (S & S, 2010). This time, the peas are out and about engaging in all sorts of imaginative activities that the "pea-wee" crowd might enjoy: planting, painting, dancing on stage, building, fishing, singing, etc. As youngsters browse the pages, they can count along from 1 to 20, then to 100 by tens. Each page features a large numeral and a representative number of peas in and around that number. For example, 70 ("SEVENTY peas singing—la, la, la") presents a rock band (the Peatles) staged on top of the seven, a pea singing in the shower, a choir, and a soloist named Pea yoncé. On the other hand, 40 ("FORTY peas napping—sleep, sleep, sleep") displays forty peas napping peacefully alongside their piles of books. Children will also enjoy checking for other details, such as the ladybug hidden on each spread. The digitally rendered illustrations are presented in eye-catching shades of blue, orange, green, red, and more. With so much illustrated detail, this book is best suited for one-on-one sharing, and children will enjoy returning time and again to discover the visual surprises or humorous touches hidden in the book's pages.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442445512
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Series:
Peas Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
424,091
Product dimensions:
9.44(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“A welcome companion to Baker’s alphabet book, LMNO Peas (2010), this counting book features a large cast of the same odd but charming little characters: green peas with skinny arms and legs, occasional footwear or headgear, and abundant energy. The spacious format supports a series of well-composed double-page spreads in which huge numerals in vibrant colors and patterns stand out brilliantly against the white backgrounds used in most pictures. Meanwhile, the little peas scurry about, illustrating phrases in the rhymed couplets that unite the scenes…. Children will enjoy finding the right number of characters in each scene in this inviting introduction to counting.”

Booklist Online, August 8, 2012

“In this companion to L-M-N-O Peas, the wildly animated crew of peas takes a numerical jaunt from 1 to 100…. The crisply metric text makes this as much fun to read as it is to pore over, and it’s a whole lot of fun to pore over…the numeral is treated as a physical element in the pea-rich vignettes for the little veggie participants to fish off of, drive around, or build on. The highly detailed activities of said peas are definitely worth a closer look (Peayoncé can be found crooning on the “Seventy peas singing” page).While little listeners will appreciate the story, they will especially enjoy the opportunity to take a closer look when storytime is through.”

BCCB, October 2012

Meet the Author

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books for young children, including LMNO Peas, No Two Alike, Big Fat Hen, Who Is the Beast?, and Potato Joe. He lives in Seattle, and you can visit him at keithbakerbooks.com.

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VelociBooks More than 1 year ago
My 18-month-old loves LMNO Peas, so I ordered 1-2-3 Peas for him on a whim...I didn't think this was possible, but he loves this book even more. He's not big on sitting still, but he'll sit happily through three back-to-back readings of this book. This morning he opened it to the "80 peas laughing" page and said "Ha ha ha!" so it might be my new favorite book, too. From the parent / reader perspective, this is a really nice book. The illustrations are great and the rhythm of the book is fantastic for reading aloud. We have read lots and lots (and lots and lots) of books in our house, and this is definitely a winner.