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children's 4-8

Little Pea

 
 
Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Jen Corace, illus.
Publisher Chronicle  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
ISBN 9781452144443
Pages/Publication Date 32/2005
Daedalus Item Code 61433
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In this first of the Little Books, Little Pea happily spends his days playing with his friends and his parents—until dinnertime, that is. If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his candy, there will be no spinach for dessert. What's a young pea to do? The author of such Daedalus favorite children's books as Duck! Rabbit! and Exclamation Mark! (as well as the adult memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and regular contributions to NPR and TED conferences), Amy Krouse Rosenthal began writing for children with the trio of "Little Books" for readers 4 to 7. This clever twist on eating one's veggies stars adorably counterintuitive characters, depicted in Jen Corace's winning ink and watercolor cartoons; and, while the story is a masterpiece of reverse psychology, it also provides an engaging new perspective.

"Little Pea's generally a happy legume, hanging with friends, rolling down hills, and being catapulted off a spoon by Papa Pea—but meals are always fraught, for Little Pea hates candy, which as you know (you didn't?) is all that peas eat.... Negotiating his quota down to five cellophane-wrapped pieces, Little Pea proceeds to choke them down—'Three. Plck. Four. Pleh.'—then jumps for joy at dessert's arrival—a heaping bowl of spinach. Expect bursts of hilarity from young listeners, picky eaters or no."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike a beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea, a book that pedagogues might point out teaches basic physics and math while poking fun at picky eaters. This critic prefers to describe it as a family portrait of legumes in which the baby has to eat all his candy in order to get spinach for dessert. Rosenthal's text never gets too cute—O.K., maybe 'they lived hap-pea-ly ever after' is pushing it—and Corace's illustrations similarly provide bounce and verve without rolling their way into treacle."—NYTBR

 
 
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