Little Pea

Little Pea

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by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace
     
 

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Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children's books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won't eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

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Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children's books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won't eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Peas, the oft-reviled legumes that can make dinnertime a battle, take center plate in Rosenthal's (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, for adults) silly picture book about food choices-and picky eaters-turned topsy-turvy. Little Pea enjoys an ordinary life with his parents and pea pals playing, reading stories and getting lovingly tucked into bed. But the one thing Little Pea has trouble with is candy, the icky entree that his parents insist he eat for dinner each night. As Mama and Papa Pea say, "If you want to grow up to be a big strong pea" or have dessert, candy must be eaten. Once Little Pea whines through his required five-piece serving of sweets, he's happy to top off his torture with a special treat-spinach! Young readers will take glee in Little Pea's absurd yet familiar predicament, while parents will surely identify with Mama and Papa Pea's universal struggle. Newcomer Corace's warmhearted ink-and-watercolor paintings plays up the most of ample white space, which plays up the vibrant greenness of the Pea family. Images of tiny, bouncing peas playing hopscotch, and Papa Pea flipping his boy off the end of a spoon are especially memorable. Kids are likely to view their veggies with new eyes when mealtime rolls around. Ages 3-up. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Little Pea is happy. There are many things he likes to do, such as roll down hills and hang out with his friends. There is one thing, though, that he does not like, and that is to eat candy as the main course every night for dinner. He struggles through, reluctantly swallowing not just one piece but five, in order to have his favorite dessert-spinach. This simple story is a twist on the age-old admonishment that children everywhere hear each evening. The ink-and-watercolor illustrations are as spare as the text, featuring a small, yellow-green pea in a loving family. Each uncluttered page has plenty of white space. Picky eaters will enjoy the subtle humor of this topsy-turvy tale.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Adorable.. will have them coming back for seconds and thirds."—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811846585
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/17/2005
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
112,374
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer. She is the author of the upcoming I Wish You More, the bestselling book Duck! Rabbit!, and the beloved Little Hoot and Little Oink.

Jen Corace received her BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated a number of children's books, including Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, and her newest Chronicle title, Telephone. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Little Pea 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
EmintheRain More than 1 year ago
This is a funny story about a Pea that won't eat his candy so he can't get dessert. It's a good lesson for picky eaters told in a clever way.
jaimiVB More than 1 year ago
As an elementary educator and literature addict, I have to say this is probably the most adorable children's book I've ever come across. My husband and I are currently pregnant with our first child, and this is one of the first purchases I made for our little one on the way. We both get a kick out of the clever irony and charming illustrations. I only wish I had it in a board book to ensure durability when baby arrives.
Kevin Flynn More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that both my son and I enjoy reading. The Nook version is horrible! The pages are not seperated as they are in the hard back book. The illustrations are on different pages than the story pertaining to the illustrations. Who ever published the Nook version either had no idea what they were doing or didn't care! Don't waste your money on the Nook version, go by the real book instead!
Kimberly Kotrba More than 1 year ago
i thought this would be a good book for my granddaughter but even she thought it was boring.... dont waste your money on this, there are much better childrens books to read.
Cathy Oswald More than 1 year ago
i just love this book and i dont have it on my nook but i do have it hard cover and it is worth every penny
IjustlovebooksCM More than 1 year ago
A longstanding family favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Such a cute concept. One of my daughter's favorites.
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I love peas
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Franceen Dunn More than 1 year ago
This book is great for your kids from 4-12!
Ellie Clarrissimeaux More than 1 year ago
i love this book for when i am babysitting little kids! they adore the illastrations and funny plot. me, myself find this book too be quite worth the price, for even i find it amusing. so worth the twelve dollars! awesome book!
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Adorable illustrations and simple text, but poignant story. My 8 year old reads it to my 6 year old and they crack up! We use the story at dinner time too...If you eat 5 pieces of "candy" you can have your spinach for dessert - translation- if you eat 5 carrots you can have mint chip ice cream for desset.
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Mamax2MC More than 1 year ago
I have two boys, ages two and five, and at times it is difficult to find books that they will equally enjoy. "Little Pea", however, hits the mark. My two-year-old loves the illustrations and repeating key parts of the story (hearing him pronounce "hopscotch", for example, is hilarious). My older son can relate to the story itself and appreciates the irony of being forced to eat candy in order to get to vegetables for dessert. It is a pleasure to read, not only because they both enjoy it, but because it is an entertaining and sweet story, and an appropriate length for younger kids. I would recommend it to anyone with small children.
TheGreatThinker More than 1 year ago
My toddler enjoys reading "Little Pea". She likes counting the various pea friends and the candy as it disappears. It is a cute story line and fun for kids who are just learning to sit for more than a minute to listen to a story. I can think of only one drawback: if your child does not succumb to reverse psychology then do not use this book to try to teach any sort of life lesson. :) Enjoy!
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