The Seven Silly Eaters

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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. 10 X 10. Full-color illustrations

Author Biography: Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of The Llama Who Had No Pajama. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Marla Frazee is the illustrator of Hush Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152024406
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 50,596
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.03 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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, including Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever received a Caldecott Honor in 2009. She lives with her family in Pasadena, California.

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Preface

Peter wants only milk, Lucy won't settle for anything except pink lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce. Each new addition to the Peters household brings a new demand for a special dish. 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. But it isn't until Mrs. Peters' birthday arrives that a present from her children solves the problem and surprises everyone.

Cheerfully ignoring all notions of good nutrition, Mary Ann Hoberman has created a happy, affectionate celebration of family chaos and cooperation for picky eaters of any age. Marla Frazee's lively depiction of the hungry Peters brood and their hardworking parents will have even the fussiest readers laughing.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Hightly Recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2010

    The Seven Silly Eaters

    Grandson enjoys this book so much, keeps his attention.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Hilarious & touching

    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.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    My favorite "birthday book"

    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.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Fun to Read Aloud

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Comments on Seven Silly Eaters

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    An Absolute Must Read!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    One of the best childrens book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Great

    Great book! Very funny! Terrific illustrations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    Don't Be Silly. Read This Book

    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. .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2000

    Real Family Life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    More then meets the eye.

    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.

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    Posted January 10, 2010

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