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The Pea Patch Jig
     

The Pea Patch Jig

by Thacher Hurd
 

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“Where the pole beans climb, where the tomatoes grow fat, where the onions smell sweet and the corn is yellow as the summer sun, that’s the garden of Clem — Farmer Clem.” So begins this story about Baby Mouse, a tiny mouse who loves to go exploring in the garden. But watch out! You never know what might happen when Baby climbs into a head of

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“Where the pole beans climb, where the tomatoes grow fat, where the onions smell sweet and the corn is yellow as the summer sun, that’s the garden of Clem — Farmer Clem.” So begins this story about Baby Mouse, a tiny mouse who loves to go exploring in the garden. But watch out! You never know what might happen when Baby climbs into a head of lettuce, or up a tomato plant, or when there’s a fox on the prowl.

These are some of the ingredients of The Pea Patch Jig — a book as refreshing as a summer evening in Vermont.

Inspired by the traditional song "The Pea Patch Jig," which was unearthed by the great songwriter singer John Hartford.

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"Colorful, lively, funny, original." — School Library Journal, Starred Review

School Library Journal, Best Book of the Year 1986

"Illustrations in brilliant, glowing primary colors and a simple text tell the story of Father Mouse, Mother Mouse, and Baby Mouse. . . Energy pulsates throughout the whole book, from the endpapers of crisp, juicy vegetables to the mice dancing in their garden costumes. . . A festive salad of a book, filled with snap, crackle, and crunch."
The Horn Book

"Lively visual humor, luminous color and a sure sense of design bring the simple text to vibrant life."
Kirkus Reviews

"Though the baby mouse in Hurd's latest frolic is still in diapers, she already has a mind of her own. . . Hurd's fluid paintings make Farmer Clem's garden a cheerful camouflage for the Mouse family and their willful baby; his kaleidoscopic colors and mischievous sense of humor make this book ripe for the picking."
Publishers Weekly

"Bright, jazzy shapes and colors complement this sprightly ode to vegetables, which concludes with a joyous hoe-down in the moonlight, the mice dressed up as vegetables, Baby as a bright green pea."
— University of Chicago, Bulletin for Children's Books

"Hurd has concocted a high-spirited story about a mouse family who lives on Farmer Clem's property. . . The artwork is some of Hurd's best, featuring bright watercolors in summertime hues and strong, energetic line work. The action fairly skips across the pages, and children will feel the music of the original 'Pea Patch Jig' that is included, even without hearing it."
Booklist

". . .a delightful children's story about a family of mice who dwell quietly in a lovely garden patch tended by Farmer Clem. Incredibly delicate, expressive watercolor illustrations bring the exuberant Mouse family to life in their vegetable patch home. There are exciting moments (Baby Mouse crawls away to sleep in a lettuce, ending up in Farmer Clem's salad basket), dramatic moments (a fox appears to raid the Mouse family in the garden at night), and festive moments (the Mouse family has a garden party, with dancing, vegetable costumes, music, and moonlight) galore.'The Pea Patch Jig' dances merrily through pages of fabulous illustrations, vibrant vegetables, and one courageous Baby Mouse who saves the day with her pea shooting skills."
--Midwest Book Review

"Back in print, Hurd’s exuberant picture book is inspired by the folksong of the same name, but contains a straightforward narrative text. The story is broken into three chapters but can be read straight through like a regular picture book. The plot concerns a mouse family living in the garden of Farmer Clem, and their preparations for a party.

Hurd’s joyous, deeply colored watercolor and ink cartoonish illustrations feature mice characters in human dress, similar to many of his other books such as Mama Don’t Allow (1984) and Mystery on the Docks (1983). There is a looseness to the drawings, that combine with the deep colors to depict a warm, homey atmosphere that suits the story well. Libraries will want to purchase this reissue to replace old worn copies of this popular book by a Bay Area author."
--Bay Views and more. . .

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Baby Mouse and her family live on Farmer Clem’s farm, and his garden “was their garden too, though Farmer Clem did not know it.” The Pea Patch Jig contains three brief stories. In the first, Baby Mouse falls asleep in a head of lettuce—the very one that Farmer Clem picks for his dinner. After a daring rescue by her parents, Baby Mouse takes a bath. The second story shows that Baby Mouse goes searching for a toy to play with in the tub. She finds the tomatoes and begins to kick them off the vine—with disastrous results. In the third story, the guests have all arrived for a party, and through her quick thinking, Baby Mouse saves them from a lurking fox. Readers will rejoice and dance the “Pea Patch Jig” along with Baby Mouse and her family and friends. It is good to see this title back in print for a new generation. Hurd’s use of line, color and perspective will keep listeners focused on the pictures while the storytelling cadence and language will keep them involved in the story. Baby Mouse’s mischievous behavior, which saves the day, will have readers and listeners laughing. Be sure to stream the music for “The Pea Patch Jig” from the publisher’s website. It will get listeners up and dancing! Great family reading and perfect for story hour. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo; Ages 3 to 7.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though the baby mouse in Hurd's latest frolic is still in diapers, she already has a mind of her own. She sets off through the garden where she lives with her parents, promptly falling asleep in a head of lettuce. When Farmer Clem plucks that head for his lunch salad, Mother and Father Mouse have to act fast to save Baby from being tossed with the rest of the greens. Then Mother decides that Baby needs a bath; Baby has other ideas, and deserts the tub for the tomato patch. She kicks first one tomato, and then another, and one lands on Grandfather Mouse's head; then he needs a bath. That night, Mother and Father's guests don vegetable costumes and dance the Pea Patch Jig. Baby Mouse, who is supposed to be in bed, first saves everyone by scaring a lurking fox with her peashooter, then dresses up as a bright green pea and joins them. Hurd's fluid paintings make Farmer Clem's garden a cheerful camouflage for the Mouse family and their willful Baby; his kaleidoscopic colors and mischievous sense of humor make this book ripe for the picking. (3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Colorful, lively, funny, original. Right away children will expect something special: on the front cover Baby Mouse, in her diaper and red bow, dances with her folks. A dazzling arrangement of garden vegetables decorates the white endpapers. This is the overture, and when the action begins every page is a discovery and a smile. Over in the garden that Farmer Clem unknowingly shares with the tiny Mouse family, preparations are on for a midsummer party. Mother and Father Mouse have their backs turned, so Baby wanders away. She soon tires and climbs into a head of lettuce to rest. Meanwhile, Farmer Clem gathers his salad fixings, including (you guessed it) the very lettuce that shelters our young explorer. A brave rescue follows, and more adventures, too. In a grand finale, costumed mice kick up their heels while Grandpa fiddles away at The Pea Patch Jig. Those natty alligators dancing the night away in Mama Don't Allow (Harper, 1984) never had more fun than this crowd. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939547217
Publisher:
Creston Books
Publication date:
09/15/2015
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
955,806
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Thacher Hurd is the author/illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Mama Don't Allow, Mystery on the Docks (both Reading Rainbow Feature books), and Art Dog. He has received rave reviews and many awards, notably the Boston Globe-Horn Book award and a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.

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