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LMNO Peas (The Peas Series) Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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"We're builders, bathers, and bikers in a race.
"We're climbers, campers, and he's a circus clown.
"We're dancers -- 'Can you dig it?' and drivers round town."
In preparation for a class I will be teaching, I recently wandered (from A to Z) through the shelves of picture books in the children's collection of a large public library. It is a collection in which spine identification labels have been affixed to each of the books that is an ABC book -- those books designed as concept books meant to assist in teaching children identification of the letters of the alphabet and, typically, the related sounds of those letters. It was ABC books that I was seeking out that day.
While quite an illuminating process, I don't recommend your reading dozens of ABC books one after another if you are looking for a good time.
"We're eaters, electricians, and explorers searching land.
"We're farmers, flaggers, and best friends in a band."
I've always found that there are two kinds of ABC books: The ones you read once and have no desire to ever read again -- at least not for fun -- and the ones that are way fun. Unfortunately, I've always found far more of the former than the latter.
When I compare books in these two categories, I find that the ones that I have a desire to read again and again are those that contain action and rhythm and go far beyond the confines of the "concept" book. For me, CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM sets the standard for ABC books that you can read one hundred times without wanting to either hurl or fall asleep. Another one firmly in this category -- which, like CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM, I have probably read aloud one hundred times -- is OLD BLACK FLY.Read more ›
The book is very high quality and had a dust jacket that has the same picture as the book. The pages are very thick so that they will withstand much use by the 3-7yr old age group.
Most ABC books we think of A is for apple B is for Ball. These are much more exciting. here are a few. The pea's are telling you about themselves they say things like we're eaters, electricians and explorers searching land. We're hikers, inventors and investigators. We're pilots, parachutists, were peas and..we're quilters. Then in the end they ask WHO ARE YOU?
The details are so great a child could spend hours looking at all the little peas and what they are doing. This is a very fresh new way to learn the ABC's and the name is so great. LNMO~Peas!
My 2 year old daughter likes the book. Although she doesn't understand alphabets yet, she likes seeing the letters and the illustrations in the book.
This ABC book may interest adults too, of course not from the point of view of learning alphabets, but if you are like me and like to collect cute little things!
For me, the true test of any alphabet book is the treatment of the often-difficult letter X. Here, "x-ray doctors" examine a gigantic green "X" with bones faintly apparent. There is so much to hunt and find on each page. The illustration of a group of yogis depicts some blissfully stretching peas, with one pea towards the back, struggling to get into the pose. There's a terrific flow from page to page as well, when you see one of the "bikers" from the B page, biking past "drivers" on the D page, followed by the same biker zipping through the finish line run by "flaggers" on the page for F. Later, "readers" from page R relax with their books by the seashore for page S.
My favorite little Easter egg in this book is the ladybug hidden on every spread. She pops up in a ball of yarn, behind a leaf, inside a sandcastle, on the judge's scale. Really fun! The rhyme is inventive and invites to be read aloud, "We're painters, poets, and plumbers fixing leaks/We're pilots, parachutists, we're peas and... we're unique!" This book would work well at storytime, but might be even more appreciated reading one-on-one, when youngsters would have the chance to pore over the artwork for themselves.
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We really liked the 1-2-3 Peas book so naturally this was next on our list. The pictures are just as cute and detailed and while I personally prefer the 1-2-3 Peas book to this... Read morePublished 15 days ago by LAmom
Wonderful book for a curious toddler. Great illustrations in the book and the book will last since it is a board book!Published 1 month ago by Sandy
One of the cutest and cleverest ABC books I've seen. Not only does this teach letter but also gets kids to think creatively.Published 1 month ago by MegV
This book is so cute and fun! The illustrations are so detailed that they bring a lot of life and personality to each pea. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leah Wojciechowski