Little Pea

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If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to.

Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.

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Overview

If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to.

Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in 'Little Pea' (2005), a book that pedagogues might point out teaches basic physics and math while poking fun at picky eaters. This critic prefers to describe it as a family portrait of legumes in which the baby has to eat all his candy in order to get spinach for dessert." The New York Times

A crowd pleaser in the tradition of Mitchell Sharmat's Gregory, The Terrible Eater (1980), illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, this simply told and illustrated episode features both a decidedly atypical family (all head, no body) facing a similar dinnertime issue, and a delicious final twist. Little Pea's generally a happy legume, hanging with friends, rolling down hills, and being catapulted off a spoon by Papa Pea—but meals are always fraught, for Little Pea hates candy, which as you know (you didn't?) is all that peas eat. "If you don't finish your candy, you can't have dessert," says Mama Pea. Negotiating his quota down to five cellophane-wrapped pieces, Little Pea proceeds to choke them down—"Three. Plck. Four. Pleh."—then jumps for joy at dessert's arrival—a heaping bowl of spinach. Expect bursts of hilarity from young listeners, picky eaters or no. Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Picky eaters will enjoy the subtle humor of this topsy-turvy tale." School Library Journal

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811846585
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/17/2005
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 45,321
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer and Mama Pea. She is the author of Encyclopedia of Our Ordinary Life. This is her first children's book.

Jen Corace grew up in New Jersey where she spent a lot of time in her bedroom, drawing, and scheming. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, she can still be found in Rhode Island, drawing and scheming the day away.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Funny! Great for kids and adults

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Wonderful book! Horrible on the Nook!!!

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    boring

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    awesome and cute

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Cool

    I love peas

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Yes, peas!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

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    Hillarious way to get your kids to eat their veggies!

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

    A longstanding family favorite.

    A longstanding family favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Love this book! Such a cute concept. One of my daughter's favori

    Love this book! Such a cute concept. One of my daughter's favorites.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    awesome!

    This book is great for your kids from 4-12!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    awesome!!!

    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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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of our favorites

    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.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    Cute Story

    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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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    Reverse Psychology

    This is a brilliant story that's simply illustrated while illustrating the power of reverse psychology. A joy to read and thought-provoking for boys and girls alike.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    Having trouble getting your kids to eat their candy?

    Little Pea's parents are struggling to get Little Pea to eat his candy, but when he finally does there's a big reward at the end. A charming book that I always find myself giving as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Topsy-Turvy Eats

    Little Pea is a precious book about opposites. Forget everything your mom told you to eat and do the opposite. Fun and original story. Very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    MUST OWN!

    I bought an extra copy of this for our library--I read it aloud SO MUCH it was always out, and I think we needed a spare! GREAT story. Simple. Sweet. Funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    I'll never look at peas the same again!

    This book became a fast favorite the first time I read it to my kids. Even my 8 year old still loves it! I think it made them look at vedgetables in a whole new 'better' light. This is a book to have in your home library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2007

    Fabulous

    Hilarious, entertaining. Perfect length for 2 and 4 yr old girls. Read it 4 times in a row after we purchased it. Enough said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    What a great book!

    This book is so great. The artwork is adorable and the story is funny and entertaining. I can't wait to use this in my classroom someday!

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