Pete Won't Eatby Emily Arnold McCully
Pete refuses to eat a new dish Morn has made for his lunch, but finally relents. In addition toenjoying the meal, Pete learns the benefits of keeping an open mind and trying new things.
PreS-Gr 1—In this successful addition to the easy-reader series, Pete the pig cannot go out to play until he eats his slop. "'I made a treat,' says Mom./'Here it is-green slop.'/Dot loves the slop./Rose slurps the slop./Gus has all of it./But Pete won't eat." The book's bigger format leaves plenty of room for the uncluttered, colorful cartoon pictures and appropriately placed large font. Short, simple sentences; similar vowel sounds; and repetition add to readers' ability to decode the text. The illustrations are priceless, from Mom's firm stance, arms folded and hovering over her son, to Pete's misery as he sits alone at a table facing the bowl and then watches his friends play soccer outside. Finally, he tastes the slop, discovers that he likes it, and tears of frustration turn to expressions of elation. Young readers will identify with his dilemma.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Meet the Author
Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
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