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Don't Let The Peas Touch Hardcover – October 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043929732X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439297325
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–The trials, tribulations, and triumphs of sisterhood are perfectly captured in this trio of tales. In the first, big sister Annie is applying her newly acquired cooking skills but little sister Sophie has a set of culinary rules all her own. "The peas are touching the eggs! Don't let them touch!" A frustrated Annie uses some ingenuity and a lazy Susan to save the day. In the second vignette, Annie needs some quiet time and Sophie tries (but fails) to oblige. Both girls plumb their flexibility, imaginations, and affections when Annie introduces Sophie to a unique and ultimately satisfying pet in the final story. The personalities of these sisters shine throughout this well-paced, lengthy picture book. Sophie is, at times, a tiny termagantbut also an avid admirer of Annie, who is often exasperated by but truly cares for her exuberant sibling. Their dialogue realistically veers from gentle compassion to shouted insults. The pencil, pen, and, acrylic illustrations are lively and winsome and the cheerful palette reflects the upbeat tone. Moments of high drama explode across the page and eyebrows speak volumes in Ering's witty artwork. The dynamics of sibling relationships, both mundane and meaningful, are expertly captured so expect some heartfelt sighs from both adult readers and young listeners alike.–Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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From Booklist

K-Gr. 3. This large-format picture book features three stories about young Sophie and her older sister, Annie. When Annie decides to try her hand at cooking a meal for the family, Sophie's determination not to let the foods on her plate touch each other exasperates Annie until she comes up with a creative solution. In the second, Annie tries to establish a quiet time for reading but finds that Sophie (who cannot read) has different ideas on the subject. In the third, Annie teases Sophie but tries to make amends by giving her a surprising "pet." Original and entertaining, the stories express strong feelings as well as subtle nuances in sibling relations. The artwork explores the same emotional range with equal finesse. Acrylic paintings, sometimes delineated with ink and pencil lines, illustrate the tales with enormous energy, abundant color, and a keen sense of drama. A good read-aloud choice for families. Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who writes books for children and adults. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appeared widely in many other newspapers and national magazines including New York's Daily News, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Self, GQ, and Vogue.

Her latest picture book, THE BLUE HOUSE DOG, was the winner of the Missouri Show Me Readers Award for 2012-2013.

Blumenthal is the author of four young adult novels: FAT CAMP, THE LIFEGUARD, MAFIA GIRL, and her most recent YA novel, A DIFFERENT ME, published by Albert Whitman & Co. on September 1st.

Blumenthal lives in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sibling conflict drives this collection of three stories about Annie and her little sister Sophia. It's a realistic but humorous look at how fights can begin, and shows some examples of how they can be resolved. In the opening story, Annie complains loudly and dramatically about her older sister's attempts at cooking: The blue cheese smells terrible, there's too much milk in her cereal, and the raisins probably have pits in them, and, most horrid, of all, the peas have rolled against her omelet! "'Oh no!' Sophie yelled. `The peas are TOUCHING the eggs! Don't let them touch!'" Annie tries to help by separating them with some French bread, but Sophie, not surprisingly, hates French bread, and in her disgust she knocks everything over. Author Deborah Blumenthal draws a perfect word picture of the yucky results: "'Eeeeeeewww,' Sophie said, as a pea-juice puddle drowned the bread, turning it green and soggy, floating all the food together."

Blumenthal excels at portraying the sudden emotional shifts in the family, from unsteady calm to explosive conflict, and eventually to joyful resolution. The stories show that fights can be intentional or arise from misunderstandings, that feelings can be conveyed loudly or held privately, and that age differences bring real problems as well as opportunities to learn. Although the book optimistically resolves these issues-though not without hurt and irritation-it conveys that they're an ongoing and normal part of growing up in a family.

Timothy Basil Ering's buoyant illustrations suggest a variety of playful styles, including childlike scrawls and exaggerated lines, the exaggerated emotions of the Expressionists, and the abstract forms and unconventional colors of the Fauves (e.g., Wassily Kandinsky).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on February 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of 3 related stories that all involve the same characters. Sophie and Annie are sisters. In the first story Annie, the big sister is taking a cooking class and must fix the family some meals for practice. Sophie doesn't like the foods she serves because she mixes things together and Sophie doesn't like that at all! In the next story Annie wants to study so she tells Sophie to find something quite to do. Everything she tries ends up being noisy! Finally in the third story Sophie wants a pet because Annie has one. Find out what unique pet the sisters decide on in the zany picture book.

Each story was short. These would make a great bedtime read!

I would recommend the book. Kids who have siblings will be able to relate to the characters well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MariePumpkin on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Very entertaining book - had both my kids (a preschooler and a schooler) in stitches over the illustrations. I recognise many traits of sensory defensiveness as well - and children with oral sensitivities and auditory defensivess will definitely relate to this book. Thumbs up!
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By Nolen on August 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A very cute book about siblings and food. Everyone can relate to not wanting the peas to touch the other food on the plate. Okay, I can relate to this. I was a picky eater. My children were not. My grandchild it. She will love this book when she is a bit older, probably 4.
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