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LMNO Peas (The Peas Series) Board book – January 28, 2014
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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This cheerful alphabet book introduces each letter as a large, colorful shape surrounded by tiny pea creatures, green circles with arms, legs, eyes, mouths, and occasionally accessories such as hats, diving masks or flippers. The pea folk demonstrate occupations and actions beginning with each letter and identified in the rhyming, rhythmic text. The letters L, M, N, and O, which so often run meaninglessly together in the alphabet song, appear on the same double-page spread. Most of the other letters appear on their own pages or spreads, while the four pages devoted to the little characters’ own letter, P, illustrate the lines “We’re painters, / poets, / and plumbers fixing leaks. / We’re pilots, / parachutists, / we’re peas and . . . / we’re unique.” With its digital illustrations’ luminous colors, buoyant spirit, and engaging characters, this handsome picture book is definitely worth a second look, even in the overcrowded field of alphabet books. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.
LMNO PEAS is the latest ABC book I've found that I can easily imagine making this one hundred reads aloud cut.
"We're painters, poets, and plumbers fixing leaks.
"We're pilots, parachutists, we're peas and...
These are peas with personality, and peas who are on the move. There are large upper-case block letters and the action takes place on and around these letters. There are bushels of humorous details to discover. For example, on the E and F two-page spread, a pair of hard-hatted electrician peas are inserting a large plug into an outlet installed on the bottom of the upper leg of the letter E. If you follow the wire -- which winds around the letter E before heading off to the next page -- you will discover that it is providing the power for the "best friends in a band" (whose band name is Pod). These illustrations are an integral part of a rhythmic read, as opposed to being pictures of objects on a list of alphabetically-ordered words. In contrast to so many concept books that are illustrated books rather than picture books, LMNO PEAS is an exceptionally well-illustrated picture book.
(And a very peasing one it is.)
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!