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"Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea." — The New York Times A sweet and amusing story to which little picky eaters can relate: If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? A delightful twist on a classic parent predicament, children will enjoy the unique tale and/>A— "Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea." — The New York Times A sweet and amusing story to which little picky eaters can relate: If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? A delightful twist on a classic parent predicament, children will enjoy the unique tale and find themselves relating with Little Peamore than expected. • An entertaining story about meal times with charming text that families can enjoy together • Features simple, yet impactful illustrations that are engaging and help readers connect to the story • Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer and Mama Pea. She is the author of Encyclopedia of Our Ordinary Life. This is her first children's book "Picky eaters will enjoy the subtle humor of this topsy-turvy tale." — School Library Journal Fans of Little Oink, Little Hoot, and Duck! Rabbit! will enjoy the sweet musings of Little Pea and his loving family adventures. • Great family read-aloud book • Books for kids ages 2-4 • Books for preschool and up


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"Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea." — The New York Times A sweet and amusing story to which little picky eaters can relate: If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? A delightful twist on a classic parent predicament, children will enjoy the unique tale and/>A— "Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea." — The New York Times A sweet and amusing story to which little picky eaters can relate: If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? A delightful twist on a classic parent predicament, children will enjoy the unique tale and find themselves relating with Little Peamore than expected. • An entertaining story about meal times with charming text that families can enjoy together • Features simple, yet impactful illustrations that are engaging and help readers connect to the story • Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer and Mama Pea. She is the author of Encyclopedia of Our Ordinary Life. This is her first children's book "Picky eaters will enjoy the subtle humor of this topsy-turvy tale." — School Library Journal Fans of Little Oink, Little Hoot, and Duck! Rabbit! will enjoy the sweet musings of Little Pea and his loving family adventures. • Great family read-aloud book • Books for kids ages 2-4 • Books for preschool and up

30 review for Little Pea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Pham

    A quick and simple 5 minute read; I read this with Nikkee who enjoyed it way more than I did because of how funny/cute the peas' faces were. I read this after "How to Make Friends with a Ghost" which I enjoyed much more because it was more unique and creatively put together; in contrast this was forgettable but harmless.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Relyn

    I loved this book. Really, really loved it. What a perfect ending. And, such an accessible story. I plan to use it when I do my mini-lesson on ending your story. (I teach second grade.) Endings are so hard to get right and this will be an excellent example. * * * * * * * * * * * * * Last school year Sloane stayed home sick with her Daddy. It was about January of 2010. Anyway, she got bored, but had to be still. So, she reread Little Pea and decided to write a book for me. She called it T I loved this book. Really, really loved it. What a perfect ending. And, such an accessible story. I plan to use it when I do my mini-lesson on ending your story. (I teach second grade.) Endings are so hard to get right and this will be an excellent example. * * * * * * * * * * * * * Last school year Sloane stayed home sick with her Daddy. It was about January of 2010. Anyway, she got bored, but had to be still. So, she reread Little Pea and decided to write a book for me. She called it Tiny Corn and gave credit to the author right on the cover of her book. It was marvelous. Even better - when Sloane was feeling well again, she came to school and taught my class a mini-lesson using her book. The lesson title was, "Good writers are inspired by other writers, but they never steal." It was one of my best days as a teacher or a parent. No kidding - she taught the entire lesson. To her peers. Awesome!

  3. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This is a cute little story that might appeal to picky eaters. Little Pea is... well, a pea. He lives with Papa Pea and Mama Pea and does fun stuff like getting flung off the end of cutlery by his father. But the one thing he doesn't like doing? Eating his dinner. All he wants is dessert, but he has to eat all of his dinner first. And for a pea, dinner is... candy. The illustrations are simple but charming, and the illustrator managed to give personalities to a family of vegetables. M This is a cute little story that might appeal to picky eaters. Little Pea is... well, a pea. He lives with Papa Pea and Mama Pea and does fun stuff like getting flung off the end of cutlery by his father. But the one thing he doesn't like doing? Eating his dinner. All he wants is dessert, but he has to eat all of his dinner first. And for a pea, dinner is... candy. The illustrations are simple but charming, and the illustrator managed to give personalities to a family of vegetables. My main complaint with this book (and it's really nothing to do with the book itself) is the e-book formatting. The text was one step ahead of the pictures throughout, which I found confusing until I figured out what was going on. So, if you're going to read this one, I'd suggest sticking with the physical version.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This makes me wish I had a little one to share in these lovely little short stories Rosenthal writes. Did I mention their cute because they are stinking cute.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Clever idea for a story...and well-executed! The text is concise, and the illustrations are adorable. However, we're going to try to avoid the eat-your-supper-and-get-dessert thing with our children because we believe that rule made us develop some not-so-healthy habits with dessert. So seeing as how that's the crux of this story, I don't foresee us purchasing this book or getting it from the library again. But that's just our own personal hang-up with it. It really is a great little story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Little pea is forced to eat candy for dinner!

  7. 5 out of 5

    J

    Cute book. Not necessarily the best for a read-aloud with a group, though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vijetha

    Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink -I read these three adorkable children's books yesterday which adopt the reverse psychology on kids, if it can be called that. There is a common setup for all the stories. These little ones live with their Mama and Papa, they hate doing something that is expected of them (also, forced on them by their parents) AND love something that kids, more often than not, are stereotyped to hate. Little Hoot hates to wait for bedtime. “All my other friends get to go t/>“All/>Little Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink -I read these three adorkable children's books yesterday which adopt the reverse psychology on kids, if it can be called that. There is a common setup for all the stories. These little ones live with their Mama and Papa, they hate doing something that is expected of them (also, forced on them by their parents) AND love something that kids, more often than not, are stereotyped to hate. Little Hoot hates to wait for bedtime. “All my other friends get to go to bed so much earlier than me! Why do I always have to stay up and play? It’s not fair!” "If you want to grow up to be a wise owl, you must stay up late,” said Papa Owl. Little Oink hates mess up time. “All my friends get to clean their rooms. Why can’t I?” asked Little Oink. “If you want to grow up to be a respectable pig, you must learn how to make a proper mess,” said Papa Pig. Little Oink spends his play time by tidying his Tree house! :D Such a dork! Little Pea is where it all started. Little Pea hates to eat candy for dinner every night. “If you want to grow up to be a big, strong pea, you have to eat your candy,” Papa Pea would say. “If you don’t finish your candy then you can’t have dessert,” Mama Pea would say. But inspite of all the whining, Little Pea would eat Candy every night because he/she loves dessert, SPINACH! (I never understood the deal behind slyly making kids eat Spinach. Ahem. Popeye.) To end, I think this is a very interesting way to introduce younger readers to reading, of course, but also to voice their opinions, to let them know that it's okay to like something everyone around them might hate and to hold on to what they love inspite of what anyone might have to say about it. Note: I haven't considered the being a parent side of this yet. Spare my freedom, parents! Let me be the cool aunt.

  9. 5 out of 5

    K

    A really fun book to read with my toddler. She definitely appreciates all the noises that accompany the pea eating all the disgusting candy. However, I'm not sure if it's a book that we'll check out again. I know it's playing on the "finish your veggies if you want dessert" style of parenting that a lot of families have, but we don't have that in our home - and the later my daughter realizes that society values food differently (as in some foods are rewards and some are chores), the better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Burns

    A little pea has to eat candy for dinner and doesn't like it. He's told if he eats 5 pieces he can have dessert. So eats 5 pieces and gets to eat spinach. Yum. The end. Short story that kids aren't going to understand why eating candy is so terrible. You can discuss how being forced to eat may make you not like it or too much of a good thing can be bad.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sadia Mansoor

    In the world of peas, everything is topsy turvy ;) They have candies for dinner & spinach as a dessert.. Read this to your lil one & show them how the baby pea struggles to eat his 5 candies every night but gobbles down the spinach super fast! For him, the spinach is yum, yum, EXTRA YUM! :D Here is the story of this adorable pea :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQM9r...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Norah Butchy

    I read this book with my mom when I was little and I loved it! Cheers to Little Pea!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Perfectly cute twist on "eat your vegetables," for the pea is required to eat his candy before he can have spinach for dessert.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bethe

    Cuteness overload alert - even down to the fun dinnertime twist. Peas are just such adorable main characters!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    The story doesn't have much depth, but it's adorable!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    adorable! we have this fight with our toddler every night it seems! haha

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I read this one because it came up on my GR recommendations, even though I actively dislike peas. However the reasons that I did not like this book had little to do with my distaste for peas. In fact, I would rather see them playing in a schoolyard than showing up on my plate. No, I did not like this book in part because it played to the gender stereotypes of dad a breadwinner and 'fun guy' and mother as stay at home caregiver. But more so, I disliked the book because of the whole 'yo I read this one because it came up on my GR recommendations, even though I actively dislike peas. However the reasons that I did not like this book had little to do with my distaste for peas. In fact, I would rather see them playing in a schoolyard than showing up on my plate. No, I did not like this book in part because it played to the gender stereotypes of dad a breadwinner and 'fun guy' and mother as stay at home caregiver. But more so, I disliked the book because of the whole 'you must eat this!' control-freak, borderline abusive messaging. I have never understood why parents force their children to eat something. Little pea seemed healthy and happy, why then force him to eat. This type of eating what you do not want leads to health issues such as obesity. Additionally, teaching children to ignore their own needs and wants and to replace them with those of 'authority figures' makes children very vulnerable to people who would do them harm. What a horrible thing to teach a child, and a message that is given to children largely by parents who themselves are the ones doing their children harm.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    My son has excellent taste in books. Earlier this summer he picked out Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal. This cute little book about a family of peas has already become a family favorite. Little Pea, the title character, reminds me a lot of my son. Little Pea every night is forced to eat food he doesn't like (because it's good for him). His exasperated parents ask him to eat five pieces. Little Pea reluctantly does what they ask but pulls the most wonderful faces as he takes his bites. My son has excellent taste in books. Earlier this summer he picked out Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal. This cute little book about a family of peas has already become a family favorite. Little Pea, the title character, reminds me a lot of my son. Little Pea every night is forced to eat food he doesn't like (because it's good for him). His exasperated parents ask him to eat five pieces. Little Pea reluctantly does what they ask but pulls the most wonderful faces as he takes his bites. These scenes replay the typical dinner for us. My son is a picky eater and we often times resort to counting out bites to get him to eat. Little Pea is the second book by Amy Krause Rosenthal that I've read. I was first introduced to her humorous writing through her autobiography: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. Now that we've enjoyed one of her children's books, I will keep her in mind for future book purchases.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    This is an adorable book and it’s great fun. I am not convinced that it will actually convert children who don’t like vegetables into vegetable lovers if that’s a goal. It is a cute story though and the illustrations are terrific. The candy sure looks pretty but not that extremely appealing (to me) as none of it is chocolate. I loved vegetables even as a young child (except for eggplant, green onions, and radishes - I acquired a taste for those three in adulthood) but I would have enj This is an adorable book and it’s great fun. I am not convinced that it will actually convert children who don’t like vegetables into vegetable lovers if that’s a goal. It is a cute story though and the illustrations are terrific. The candy sure looks pretty but not that extremely appealing (to me) as none of it is chocolate. I loved vegetables even as a young child (except for eggplant, green onions, and radishes - I acquired a taste for those three in adulthood) but I would have enjoyed this book then and I really liked it now. This is a fun read aloud book, and the children I know will listen to and look at this story with glee.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    I didn't love this story. It didn't grab my attention. I felt like the storyline was boring. I do think children would get a kick out of the pea having to eat five pieces of candy before he could have his dessert which was spinach. I don't know how I would use this story in my classroom, the only thought I have is use it with a creative writing piece, "What would it be like if we hated candy and we loved vegetables?" But there isn't much teaching and good discussion that would come out of that. I didn't love this story. It didn't grab my attention. I felt like the storyline was boring. I do think children would get a kick out of the pea having to eat five pieces of candy before he could have his dessert which was spinach. I don't know how I would use this story in my classroom, the only thought I have is use it with a creative writing piece, "What would it be like if we hated candy and we loved vegetables?" But there isn't much teaching and good discussion that would come out of that. I don't think I would recommend this book to a reader.

  21. 4 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    Huge favorite in our house. My 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds loved it. Besides being a wonderfully fun story about eating right, the reversal food idea, of a pea having to eat candy for dinner and hating it, really appeals to my children. They were tickled pink with the idea. And I absolutely, positively fell in love with Jen Corace's illustrations. I never knew a pea could have so many facial expressions and be just so darn cute. It made me break into my terribly awful French Peas Veggie Tales ac Huge favorite in our house. My 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds loved it. Besides being a wonderfully fun story about eating right, the reversal food idea, of a pea having to eat candy for dinner and hating it, really appeals to my children. They were tickled pink with the idea. And I absolutely, positively fell in love with Jen Corace's illustrations. I never knew a pea could have so many facial expressions and be just so darn cute. It made me break into my terribly awful French Peas Veggie Tales accent for the kids. Which of course, just made my kids roll their eyes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Callistareine

    Working at a bookstore then going home to a three month old sister, I read a lot of board books. This one is easily my favorite. It has everything a kids' book needs, a simple story, adorable illustrations, and a wonderful example of reverse psychology. It's fantastic, and Little Hoot is equally worth taking a moment to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    مازن

    little pea :) If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? Check video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyIo8b...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alana

    I brought this book home with one of my girls in mind who was once caught eating sugar in her closet. Little pea cannot have his dessert until he eats all the candy on his plate. A really cute book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Ellie read to the dogs and then read again to me. Very funny book that our friends introduced us too. Great for kids and picky eaters or simply those who love candy!. Ellie said she would eat little pea's dinner for him so he could get his dessert :).krb 2/1/16

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I haven't made a habit of putting children's lit on my list, but dd got this book from the library, and it's a great read! Especially if you have picky eaters...so funny!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    I want some little pea pals for myself now! This is the sweetest book I have read this year. From beginning to the end, it is filled with perfectness.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Krajewski

    Loved this one so much because Little Pea is the exact opposite of my daughter. If only she could eat candy 24/7 like Little Pea!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    This is one of the best children's books I have ever read and that is saying a lot! Plus it emphasizes eating your veggies!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Boruff

    Little Pea is a cute book that is written about a fictional family of peas. For younger students, this book has simple yet sweet illustrations. This book sheds light on the topic of healthy eating. The peas must eat their candy, but the youngest only wants dessert. This happens to be a green bowl of spinach. This book has a plot that I believe the children would enjoy. It is interesting how the tables turn when the candy is seen as the healthy food. My future students might see the pea eating th Little Pea is a cute book that is written about a fictional family of peas. For younger students, this book has simple yet sweet illustrations. This book sheds light on the topic of healthy eating. The peas must eat their candy, but the youngest only wants dessert. This happens to be a green bowl of spinach. This book has a plot that I believe the children would enjoy. It is interesting how the tables turn when the candy is seen as the healthy food. My future students might see the pea eating the healthy food and want to try some themselves. This book may be one that I use with younger grades. When I come across nutrition in the health standards of Common Core, this would be a fun story to discuss. We could talk about why the pea did not want to eat the candy because it is unhealthy.

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