The Seven Silly Eaters

The Seven Silly Eaters

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by Mary Ann Hoberman, Marla Frazee
     
 

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Peter wants only milk, Lucy won't settle for anything but homemade lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce. Each new addition to the Peters household brings a new demand for a special meal.
What's a mother to do? Even though Mrs. Peters picks, peels, strains, scrapes, poaches, fries, and kneads, the requests for special foods keep coming. It isn't until her

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Peter wants only milk, Lucy won't settle for anything but homemade lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce. Each new addition to the Peters household brings a new demand for a special meal.
What's a mother to do? Even though Mrs. Peters picks, peels, strains, scrapes, poaches, fries, and kneads, the requests for special foods keep coming. It isn't until her birthday arrives that a present from her children solves the problem with a hilarious surprise that pleases everyone.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dori Butler
One of Mrs. Peters' children will only drink milk. Another will only drink pink lemonade. A third only eats applesauce. Poor Mrs. Peters! She has seven children and each one has his or her own special dish. Mrs. Peters is so exhausted from preparing seven different meals, three times a day, day after day that she almost forgets her own birthday. The children haven't forgotten, though. They get up at the crack of dawn to prepare their mother an unforgettable birthday breakfast. This amusing story is told entirely in rhyme. The illustrations are hilarious. Picky eaters and children who long for a large family will love this book!
Kirkus Reviews
Hoberman (The Cozy Book, 1995, etc.) renders the story of finicky eaters with an understatement that both children and those who cook for them will appreciate.

Persnickety eaters—they are Mrs. Peters's cross to bear, and she has seven of them. One wants warm (not hot, not cold) milk, another lemonade (not from a can, but homemade), or applesauce, or strained oatmeal, hot bread, eggs poached and fried (for the twins). Although she loves her children, her efforts to keep them fed drive her batty—"Creamy oatmeal, pots of it! Homemade bread and lots of it! Peeling apples by the peck, Mrs. Peters was a wreck." On her birthday, the kids do the cooking, and from their respective preferences emerges a delicious cake. Hoberman gives this tale a droll rhyme, singsongy and fresh as paint, while Frazee's pen-and-ink illustrations, with a touch of Hilary Knight's chaos to them, mold the story with warmth and mayhem: The Peterses live in a Walden-like setting that grows with the family and mellows over the years. Point taken—the antidote for picky eaters (and for the happy trials of large families) is a good sense of humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152024406
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
59,143
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman has published more than twenty books for children, including the American Book Award winner A House is a House for Me, illustrated by Betty  Fraser. She and her husband live in Greenwich, CT.

MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, some of which she also wrote. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She is also the author and illustrator of Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages; Santa Claus, the World's Number One Toy Expert; Roller Coaster; and Hush, Little Baby. She is the illustrator of Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox, and more. Marla Frazee lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her website at www.marlafrazee.com.  

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The Seven Silly Eaters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I buy for a lot of nephews and nieces every year, and knowing how difficult it must be to get them to eat, I found this to be enjoyable to read, even as an adult. The little one for whom I bought this has his own share of eating foibles, which can make his parents a little frustrated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a shower gift because it was one of my children's favorite books. I read this book to them over and over. Very deliteful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grandson enjoys this book so much, keeps his attention.
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j-fay More than 1 year ago
Every mother will appreciate the trials of feeding picky eaters. And every kid will love the silliness and wonderfully intricate illustrations. Lots to look at and listen to. A fun book to read aloud.
MPLCT More than 1 year ago
This is a book we have given to kids over and over. It's a terrific story, well-rhymed, funny, outrageous but somehow believable, enjoyable for young and old, and the illustrations are marvelous. It's a feel-good book.
LikesAGoodBook More than 1 year ago
This book has a great story and illustrations. The rhyming, sing-song style of the writing is really fun for adults to read aloud and for kids to hear. It is fun to read over and over again and has a charming surprise ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite picture books since I was a child. The rythm and rhyming give it a fun atmosphere for children and adults alike, and the pictures combine just the right amount of whimsy and detail. I love this book so much that I memorized it just to be able to recite it for friends, relations and, especcially, all the children I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the very best children's books I have ever read, and as a kindergarten teacher and a mom, I have read a lot of children's books! The rhyming text is so well written and fun to read, without compromising the story quality. The illustrations are so true to life and intricately detailed, we notice something different every time we read it. My 5 year old daughter just received the book for Christmas, and it has fast become a family favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The seven silly eaters is one of my familys favorit book.Growing up in a large family it was funny to see oh true the book really is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very funny! Terrific illustrations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three grandchildren came to visit and they brought a new book; The Seven Silly Eaters. It is delightful and the illustrations wonderful. The kids wanted this read over and over. We had fun thinking of more babies, their names and foods they might like. .
Guest More than 1 year ago
My kids and I really loved this book. The illustrations are so real. The house is as messy as a house full of kids should be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will bring a knowing smile from any parent of more than two children. It answers the 'How do you do it' question that every parent of a large family is asked. We adjust and adapt. We remind our selves of what is really important to us, our children. We take a deep breath and greet each day with a sence of humor and a renewed energy, choosing to shrug off what is just window dressing. I enjoyed watching the metamorphosis of the home around them begin to look 'lived in', while the spirit, love and intelect of the children within the home flourished. A wonderful, heart warming and hilarious reminder of the strength and wonder of FAMILY.