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Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors

by Keith Baker
 

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The New York Times bestselling stars of LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas are back for a romp through a rainbow of colors!

A passel of playful peas keeps it green as they experience the colorful world around them, from red kites to yellow buses to purple mountains and more! Bright and bold illustrations fill the pages of this delightful exploration of

Overview

The New York Times bestselling stars of LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas are back for a romp through a rainbow of colors!

A passel of playful peas keeps it green as they experience the colorful world around them, from red kites to yellow buses to purple mountains and more! Bright and bold illustrations fill the pages of this delightful exploration of color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
Having previously played with letters and numbers in LMNO Peas and 123 Peas, Baker’s tiny legumes show their true colors (green, namely) in this entertaining companion book. Bouncy rhymes introduce nine colors: “Blue boats, blue seas,/ blue flags, and.../ little green peas.” Baker uses the page turns to create little crescendos of suspense, and the recurring answer changes just enough to keep things interesting. The color-themed spreads provide plenty of interest of their own, from a pair of autumnal “red” pages that show the peas flying kites and raking leaves to the cosmic black-and-white final spreads, which suggest that neither we (nor peas) are alone in this universe. Ages 4–8. (July)
August 2014 Parents Magazine
"Young ones will love learning colors with Little Green Peas, by Keith Baker.... Vibrant and intricate illustrations will keep readers of all ages engaged."
Shelf Awareness
After teaching youngest readers how to navigate the alphabet (LMNO Peas) and to count (1-2-3 Peas), Keith Baker's little green heroes now introduce them to colors.

A summery spread of "BLUE" kicks off the proceedings, with each letter in a slightly different texture or pattern, as well as a slightly different hue. One letter looks as if it were sponged in an aqua tone, another in an indigo shade shows subtly mazelike patterns. The text--"Blue boats, blue seas, blue flags, and..."--in thick black letters, introduces green pea sailors and flag wavers, whose props pick up on the word's diverse tones. A turn of the page completes the sentence: "little green peas." The characters swim, snorkel, build sand castles and wave from the deck of a luxury liner (as in the earlier books, a ladybug appears on each spread). An internal rhyme holds each line together, as the little green peas move into autumn ("Red fences, red trees, red kites, and.../ little green peas"), winter ("Purple mountains, purple skis, purple mittens, and.../ little green peas") and a standout for spring: "Green vines, green leaves, green sprouts, and.../ baby green peas." Readers will easily spot the babies, with each pod carefully guarded by at least one adult pea, while the gardener peas water the sprouts and sport waterproof boots, showing how to tend their offspring.

Once again, Baker models a busy community of little green peas working and playing together. He ends on a humorous note for "White/Black." Read the book to discover his clever twist.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The peas (from 1-2-3 Peas, BCCB 10/12) are back, and this this time they’re celebrating the world of color. Each color is introduced in huge block letters (“BLUE”) followed by a few specific examples, in rhymed verse, of things that are that color (“Blue boats, blue seas, blue flags, and . . . ”), followed by a spread of the green peas amid a landscape dominated by that color (little green peas cavort on a sand- bar in a blue ocean next to a blue ocean liner). As in the previous titles, the story stands second to the delight of poring over the highly detailed digitally rendered illustrations of the personified peas, who are doing everything from sunbathing and unicycling to hula-hooping and downhill skiing. Cool white backdrops effectively set off the juicy palette, making this a true visual feast for the eyes...viewers will...love the opportunity to borrow this one after storytime for a closer look.
Booklist
* "This delightful, energetic concept book showcases nine colors and is a worthy companion to Baker's recent titles.... Simple rhymes scan well, and listeners will soon be enthusiastically joining in the refrain.... Learning about colors has seldom been this much fun. Outstanding!"
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-14
After tackling the alphabet and numbers in two previous excursions (LMNO Peas, 2013; 1-2-3 Peas, 2012), Baker's winsome legumes return for a third ap-pea-rance, exploring nine colors.Seven hues—blue, red, yellow, orange, green, purple and silver—garner two double-page spreads each. The first spread establishes the color-redolent context; the second locates those inimitable peas within the color's established landscape. "B-L-U-E" towers in large, digitally rendered letters afloat on pale, stylized waves near a few sailboats. Sea stars cling to the "U," while three peas display semaphore flags. A page turn reveals an ocean liner cruising past a sandy isle, where some 40 peas sunbathe, paint pictures, lift weights, hunt for treasure and more. One charming spread glows green: A stringed trellis supports "Green vines, / green leaves, / green sprouts, and… // baby green peas!" (Those babes in pods are adorable.) The "Silver" spreads contain large stacks of coins and a castle, complete with royal peas, distracted tower guards, a Rapunzel pea with long green locks, and even a gray, ghostly pea. The last color spread features both white and black—an appreciated twist in books about color concepts. While appealing, this doesn't quite measure up to Baker's earlier outings. The text is sparse and sometimes reads awkwardly. Too many of the spreads are under-pea-pulated, resulting in low exuberance levels.Sweet—but alas, not a three-pea-t. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
★ 05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Picture-book sequels can be tricky to do well, but Baker continues to beat the odds with this follow-up to LMNO Peas (2010) and 1-2-3 Peas (2012, both S. & S.). Groups of irrepressibly individual legumes frolic through a rainbow of colors—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, silver, black, and white. Each color is given two spreads. The first shows the name of the color in large textured letters the size of buildings and surrounded by busy peas. "BLUE. Blue boats, blue seas, blue flags and…[page turn] little green peas." On the second spread, the name of the color is gone, replaced by a more detailed landscape showing the peas' escapades. Baker employs a good balance of predictability and surprise in the text; on the spread for green, instead of the familiar "little green peas" at the page turn, readers are treated to an utterly charming garden scene in which peas in colorful rubber boots collect "baby green peas!" from the vine. Careful readers will be rewarded by tiny details recurring throughout the book; a paper airplane thrown from the title page appears on every spread, a ladybug is hidden on every page, and the artist pea (Baker's self-portrait as a pea?) is shown on the cover with a colorful easel and is seen again painting each color throughout the story. Simple in concept but elegant in design and execution, this title is a delight.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442476608
Publisher:
Beach Lane Books
Publication date:
07/22/2014
Series:
Peas Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
300,571
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
AD360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books for young children, including the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas; 1-2-3 Peas; Little Green Peas; Hap-pea All Year; LMNO Pea-quel; My Octopus Arms; and No Two Alike. He lives in Seattle, and you can visit him at KeithBakerBooks.com.

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books for young children, including the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas; 1-2-3 Peas; Little Green Peas; Hap-pea All Year; LMNO Pea-quel; My Octopus Arms; and No Two Alike. He lives in Seattle, and you can visit him at KeithBakerBooks.com.

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