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Peas and Thank You! (Big Idea Books / VeggieTales) Board book – August 4, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Big Idea Books / VeggieTales
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition (August 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310705401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310705406
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Help your child learn "zee" importance of good manners!

In the village of West Manor, you can stay, if you please, in a well-mannered town populated by Peas. All the natives are friendly—they go out of their way. When you stop to say, "Thank you!" – "Why, you’re welcome!" they’ll say.

In the village of South Boorish, on the North side of town, lives a rude population—the rudest around. They’re, so very ill-mannered, such impolite Beans. If you stop to say, "Thank you," they won’t know what you mean! As these delightfully fun Peas and Beans head out to collect sunflower seeds, children discover that everyone wins when you learn to be polite and take turns.

Sunday morning values, Saturday morning fun. Now that’s the Big Idea! Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls.

About the Author

Mike Nawrocki is co-creator of the popular series, VeggieTales™. Acting as the voice of Larry the Cucumber, and several other Veggie characters, Mike also wrote, directed, and contributed to the development of the 3-2-1 Penguins™ series. He resides in Chicago, IL, with his wife and 2 children.

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Cute illustrations and great message.
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It's kind of short but my one year old loves to listen to me read to him and this one is a new favorite of his.
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I was very disappointed after reading through this very small book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
Format: Board book
ISBN 0310705401 - Big Idea gets some serious kudos from me. They've figured out, in their VeggieTales series, how to market Christian stories and values to two tough groups: children with the attention span of flies and non-Christians. As a non-Christian parent who watched my own kid, and others, just loving these guys, I'm happily amazed. The only specifically Christian reference is on the back cover, in the form of a line from the bible.

Two nearby towns, West Manor and South Boorish, are inhabited by folks of very different habits. In West Manor, there are the Peas: happy, friendly and quick with the "please" and "thank you". Over in South Boorish, the Beans are grumpy, unsmiling, and unfamiliar with the terms of gratitude. While the grateful ones reap the benefits of their behavior, so do the ingrates. At sunflower seed picking time, the Peas work together to get buckets-full and the Beans merely snatch each other's seeds and wind up with few.

Is there a potential for some people to interpret an element of racism here? Yes, there is, especially those people who look for racism everywhere - there are two groups of "people", each group made of people who look and act alike but unlike the members of the other group. One group is better off. Were that the story, racism would seem a reasonable charge - but it's not the story. One group is better off than the other because of the way they behave, not the way they look or where they live. More to the point, this is a children's book, for ages 6 and under. If they're going to take away "Peas are better than Beans", it's going to show up at the dinner table, not in racist tendencies.

VeggieTales are great tools for teaching.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Gould on December 19, 2007
Format: Board book
My 16 month old son loves this book (and all things VeggieTales). This book is about being polite, using manners, and working together. No child would ever read this book and take away a racist message. For a parent to read this book and think of it as racist is absurd. Its characters are peas and beans (I guess a bean could be offended if he read the book). If you like VeggieTales, you will like this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sara on July 5, 2006
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Both my 4 year old and 2 year old love this book. The story is a little hard to follow, but they don't mind. It has a nice message about sharing and is the perfect length for a bedtime book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Plummer on April 14, 2007
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Okay let me start by saying, who needs the book at this point? Momma has this baby memorized. My daughter has loved this book from probably 6 months on. She eats the book, she always brings this book out first. It's catchy it's got a good message. Good buy you won't be sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2004
Format: Board book
This book is fantastic! I bought this when my son was about 8 months old (and now almost 11 months) and we love it. It is a wonderful message about being polite and sharing, and it has such a great rhythm to it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. We love it so much that I purchased two more copies for friends for Christmas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reading Mom on September 8, 2006
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My son (2, almost 3) loves this book. It's a great way to introduce "please" and "thank you" and reads wonderfully. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Corrieri on October 2, 2008
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Its my favorite book. I also send it to rude adults as a gag gift :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Walkers on July 3, 2008
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It is a wonderful children's book that sends the moral of saying please and thank you. That is all it is about. It is NOT racist!!! IT IS A CHILDREN'S BOOK.... HELLLOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

For those who want their children to learn manners this is a great book!!
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