Giant Peach Yodel!

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"Poppin' use of the English language as we travel down the story road with ring-tailed tooter Buddy Earl and his colorful family, in this Southern peachy tale."
-Debbie Raindl, librarian, Saginaw Public Library

"Fresh as summer and crisp as cobbler, this tall tale about a giant peach (no, not that one) will have the young'uns grinning like a possum eating peach pits."
-Jeanette Larson, author, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas

"Jan Peck's beautiful little story ...

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Overview

"Poppin' use of the English language as we travel down the story road with ring-tailed tooter Buddy Earl and his colorful family, in this Southern peachy tale."
-Debbie Raindl, librarian, Saginaw Public Library

"Fresh as summer and crisp as cobbler, this tall tale about a giant peach (no, not that one) will have the young'uns grinning like a possum eating peach pits."
-Jeanette Larson, author, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas

"Jan Peck's beautiful little story reminds us that we need a little more kindness and sweetness in our lives, and we all have the opportunity to make our corner of the world a little better place."
-Glenn Dromgoole, author, The Power of a Penny

Fantastical and fun, this story follows a lively bunch as they make their way to the Peach-Pickin' Festival. Each time they pass a field, Little Buddy Earl lets out a great big yodel and watches as the crops sprout in size. His skill suddenly becomes a hit when he turns a tiny peach into a prizewinning fruit.
This tale about teamwork proves that kids of any size can accomplish wondrous things. In addition to its zesty illustrations, the book comes complete with a recipe for Little Buddy Earl's Peach Cobbler. And that's a yummy reason to yodel!

Jan Peck is a full-time writer and a former freelance editor for Boys' Life Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Humpty Dumpty magazine, Highlights for Children, and Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. She is an active member of the Texas Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Peck is also the author of Pelican's Pirate Treasure Hunt! and Way Out West on My Little Pony.
Illustrator Barry Root attended the Ringling College of Art and Design. His work has appeared in such magazines as Life, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, and Discover

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—When Tall Papa Tom gets a hankerin' to head out to the county Peach-Pickin' Festival, Mama May, Sweet Sister Isabelle, and Little Buddy Earl jump into his old jalopy. Each time they pass a growing crop, Little Buddy Earl belts out a special yodel in its honor ("Tomatoes in the fields, How do you do? I love ketchup and yodel-ay-dee-hoo!"). And though the family appreciates his talent, each member wonders, "Little Buddy Earl sure can yodel. But what's the use of that?" It turns out, yodeling is very useful. What his family can't see as they drive past are that the crops immediately respond to him like flowers to a super-potent dose of Miracle Grow. When the crew finally arrives at Uncle Frankie and Aunt Evelina Josephina's rather pathetic-looking peach orchard, the whole family worries that they'll be the laughing stock of the county. But, Little Buddy Earl sings to a peach, and it grows and grows. So much so that it takes all the grown-ups and "young'uns" to wrestle it down from the tree so they can show it off in the festival parade. The illustrations are done in shades of green, orange, and yellow. Children will enjoy the refrain as well as the silliness of the situation. Loosely based on the Russian folktale "The Turnip," this charming tall tale is suitable for storytimes or individual sharing.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589809802
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 964,231
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JAN PECK is a full-time writer and a former freelance editor for Boys' Life magazine. Her writing has appeared in Humpty Dumpty, Highlights for Children, and Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. She is an active member of the Texas chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Illustrator BARRY ROOT attended the Ringling College of Art and Design. His work has appeared in Life, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, and Discover magazines.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

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    Every bit of this luscious book makes my mouth water. Peaches ar

    Every bit of this luscious book makes my mouth water. Peaches are my favorite, and here they are rendered in all their fuzzy glory: pages of peaches so perfectly drawn, I can taste their warm, delicious juiciness. And the story! Oh my, it simply DEMANDS to be read aloud to one child or several. Rollicking great fun, built on verbs that are sure to delight: “The truck rumbled and grumbled and bounced and bumbled “ ... “They stretched and they craned and they reached and they strained.” No matter that no child was around when I first read this book: the language demanded that I read it aloud, with verve and spirit and just the right Southern twangy-drawl. Peck and Root are a marvelous team. Each complements the work of the other. They’ve produced another perfect keeper of a yummy book. Don't miss their earlier collaboration, "The Giant Carrot."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Jan Peck's brilliant writing and Barry Root's zany world class i

    Jan Peck's brilliant writing and Barry Root's zany world class illustrations make this book a keeper! I agree with the American Library Association. Five Stars!

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