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Contributor(s): Baker, Keith
ISBN: 1416991417     ISBN-13: 9781416991410
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: April 2010
Annotation: A fresh and fun alphabet book starring a jaunty cast of extremely cute and busy little peas.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Peas; Fiction.
Occupations; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | Daily Activities
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009012672
Lexile Measure: 390
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.75" (1.10 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
"We're acrobats, artists, and astronauts in space. / We're builders, bathers, and bikers in a race." In bouncy rhyming couplets, Baker goes through the alphabet and comes up with identities for peas. Visual and verbal jokes abound; this is a book for close examination rather than group sharing, rewarding attention with some clever ideas and many laughs. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #2)
You might not know it, but peas provide a terrific blank canvas for creating picture book characters. With the addition of two dots for eyes, a mouth, sproutlike arms and legs, and minimal accessories, a pea can become anything: "We're acrobats, artists, and astronauts in space. / We're builders, bathers, and bikers in a race." Baker goes through the alphabet and in bouncy rhyming couplets comes up with identities for peas. He makes clever use of the letters -- on the B page, those builders are working away at the top of the letter; the bathers take a bubble bath inside the lower opening of the letter, and the bikers race by on the ground below. Visual and verbal jokes abound, as on the page for the letter G, where peas form a circle and hand presents around to one another: "We're givers and takers." The tiny peas are set on large white pages dominated by the featured letter of the alphabet, making it a book for close examination rather than group use, rewarding attention with some clever ideas and many laughs. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 March #4)

Hundreds of animated green peas tumble through the alphabet in this refreshingly original book. The illustrations are full of vitality and good humor, and the rhyming text never misses a beat. Each large, pastel letter is accompanied by energetic peas introducing themselves ("We're acrobats, artists, and astronauts in space"). Most letters occupy a single page, but Baker combines some letters the way children repeating a just-learned alphabet often do. The peas are all small and round, but Baker (Just How Long Can a Long String Be?!) gives them stick legs and arms, along with lively faces and costumes, to demonstrate his inventive view of each letter. To illustrate the letters H and I ("We're hikers, inventors, and investigators"), two peas climb a branch leaning on the H, a pea in a Sherlock Holmes hat tries to decipher footprints below, and a single pea with a light bulb above his head, smiles at his newly invented wheel that dots the letter I. Baker's after-the-Z surprise ending is a question for readers: "Now tell us, please... WHO ARE YOU?" Ages 3–7. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 March)

PreS-Gr 1—Humble green peas provide inspiration in this hilarious, occupation-based romp through the alphabet. Four-inch-high letters on each page serve as an ingenious architectural platform around, above, and inside of which dozens of "pea-ple" swarm in joyful pursuit of myriad types of work. Bouncy, rhyming text introduces the alphabet peas as "acrobats, artists, and astronauts in space, builders, bathers, and bikers in a race," with unpaid "voters and volunteers" receiving their due, too. Baker's inventive details belie the "as alike as two peas in a pod" adage; each and every amusing personalized pea is as unique as a snowflake—and that's the point. The digitally rendered illustrations glow in vibrant, textured colors that boldly leap off the page against a background of ample white space. The sheer fun of the rhythmic text and the large alphabet letters work well for a read-aloud audience, but the busy, engaging details of the peas in their various worker modes are better suited for one-on-one exploration that young children will want to pore over again and again.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

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