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Pete Won't Eat

Pete Won't Eat

by Emily Arnold McCully

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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.


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.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Pete is a young, well-dressed pig. When his mother makes what she calls a treat: "green slop," his sisters Dot and Rose and brother Gus love it and eat it up. But not Pete. He refuses even one bite. Dot, Rose, and Gus go out to play, but Pete is mother says he cannot until he eats. He wants to play with the kids outside, but he says he hates green sloop. Feeling bad, his mother finally goes to make him a sandwich. Meanwhile however, Pete decides to taste the slop, and finds it is good. There is no need for the sandwich. Pete goes out to play. "The next day, Pete and Mom make more slop." New readers should have fun with this "I Like to Read" volume. Watercolors enliven the sketchy pen and ink drawings of the anthropomorphic pig family. Vignettes are used effectively in mid-story to show Pete is stubborn emotions. Readers can easily identify with Pete and perhaps learn a lesson as well. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
This charmer of an early reader presents an ironic twist on the tried-and-true picky-eater character by casting him as a pig. Mom has prepared a treat for her four piglets: green slop. Dot, Rose and Gus dig in and head outside to play, but as the title heralds, "Pete won't eat." A battle of wills ensues between Mom and Pete as she insists that he try the slop, but he refuses. "You will stay until you eat," Mom declares, but then the facing page shows her ambivalence about the hard line she's holding as she sits at her home computer and says forlornly, "I hope he tries it." Alas, Pete is one stubborn little pig, and spot illustrations show him determinedly refusing to eat even as his siblings and friends implore him to do so and come out to play. Meanwhile, Mom second guesses herself to the point of tears. "I am a mean mom!" she exclaims in a bit of text that is both humorous and wonderfully humanizing for the maternal sow. When she offers to make Pete a sandwich, he caves and eats up his slop with gusto, proving that the standoff was about power more than it was the slop itself. Throughout, McCully's watercolors are comically expressive and engaging. New readers will eat this up. (Early reader. 5-7)

Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.23(h) x 0.31(d)
AD200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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