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Pickin' Peas

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Pickin peas. Land on my knees! sings a pesky rabbit as he merrily eats his way through the pea patch Little Girl has planted. But when Little Girl snatches him up and takes him home to put in a box until pea season is over, the rabbit is soon singing a new tune as he plans his escape. With a nod to Brer Rabbit, Pickin Peas is based on two folktales collected in Alabama and ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 5th 1998 by HarperCollins (first published March 1st 1997)
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Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

Pickin Peas is the beautiful retelling of folktale that originally appeared, according to MacDonald, in Southern Workman. A girl is out picking peas in her garden and confronts a rabbit who, like most rabbits, starts to take the remaining peas.

The story and the accompanying illustrations are absolutely charming.

The retelling is very much in the tradition of the Joel Chandler Harris collected tales – the Brer Rabbit tales (tales in which the hunter animals, such
Shawn Thrasher
May 11, 2013 Shawn Thrasher rated it it was amazing
This is my go-to book for reading aloud to groups of all ages; it works for preschool all the way up to fourth grade. Different ages get different things out of the story, but all find it funny and enjoy singing the simple little songs. Trickster tales are always popular; everyone like Rabbit (and his many, many tricky relatives). The pictures are bright and large. What I especially like about this book is Little Girl being African American. Her race isn't relevant to the story; she just happens ...more
Jul 31, 2015 C.K. rated it it was ok
I think bunny rabbit is cute on the cover. I liked the concept of the story. I thought the description for the book was interesting. This is supposed to be a retelling of a folktale. I do not remember ever hearing of the tale before. Unfortunately, the book was difficult for me to read on my Kindle Paperwhite. I received a copy from NetGalley and sometimes there are formatting issues with some arc's because the copies aren't final. It was hard for me to read and understand the song that was bein ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Jan 19, 2016 Carolyn Injoy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I would not recommend it.
Recommended to Carolyn by: NetGalley
Pickin' Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald & Pat Cummings

I received an free e-copy of this book from NetGalley for review. I gave it two stars.

While restoring a tale from the past is an admirable concept, this story was VERY difficult to follow because of the spacing of the letters. The singing rabbit was off key & his hopping through the garden fell flat. I found it confusing & hard to read. For this reason I gave it only 2 Stars.

Cute story, cute cover but not recommended.

Aug 28, 2014 Earicka rated it really liked it
*This book is meant to be read aloud and acted out in a group setting*

Little Girl loves her peas so she plants them and waits for them to ripen. Once they are ripe she goes to her garden to pick them all the while singing... The only problem is a pesky rabbit following along behind her also singing and picking her peas! How will she get the rabbit to leave her peas alone?

This was a cute book with beautiful illustrations and a fun premise. I can totally see how this would work for story time!

La La
The illustrations in this book are DELICIOUS!!!! The story has a great reading rhythm to it and is like a fable with a lesson to be learned. I am definitely featuring this book on my Children's book blog. I was approved for an eARC of this book on Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Dec 11, 2012 Asho rated it really liked it
This is a fun book to read aloud. There's a little song that repeats throughout, and the author suggests hand gestures to go along with it. I think an older child would be amused by the story of the clever rabbit, and my baby enjoyed the song.
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
I received a free digital copy of this book for review. My 4 year old really enjoyed reading this story with me. I thought the illustrations were beautiful. It's a bit of a cross between Brer Rabbit and Peter Rabbit.
PacaLipstick Gramma
Mar 14, 2014 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it really liked it
I loved this book!

It was fun, and I could imagine reading it to a group of first graders, instead of just one! It is catchy and the illustrations are colorful. It held my captive audience of one engrossed.
Dec 23, 2007 Beth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children
Shelves: gabriels-books
What a cute book! Gabriel really enjoyed it although he thought he wouldn't. LOL He's still singing the song to himself.
Jun 13, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: moms with kids
I love the storyteller style of this book, plus my son LOVES music so much, so it's nice that there's songs to sing throughout the book (with the tune to sing it to in the back!)
Dec 11, 2007 Tia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: childrens-corner
I forgot how much my boys loved this when they were younger. I just read it to dd for the first time today and she can't get it out of her head. She is just singing it and hoping along.
Jun 18, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: every kinder on the planet
Recommended to Hannah by: myself
When i was in kindergarden i absoulutly lovd this book
Mar 13, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing
You can judge this book by the cover - it's absolutely adorable!!! I love this book.
May 05, 2007 Angie rated it it was amazing
A really fun read aloud!
Ashley M
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I had a lot of trouble with this book. I loved the illustrations. However, the story was so hard to read because of the song that the girl and the rabbit are singing in the story. The letters are up and down going from left to right. They don't just form a straight line of letters to make it easy to read. Sometimes, it felt like the letters were scattered everywhere. I barely got the song. at times, it was impo
Sep 05, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing
Pickin' Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald & Pat Cummings

My first encounter with Margaret Read MacDonald was at the National Storytelling Network’s annual conference in Bellingham WA in 2004. She was one of the highlights of the conference.

Her book Pickin ’Peas is based on a couple of folktales. It is the story of a little girl out picking peas in her garden and a pesky rabbit. Does she get to pick her peas without the rabbit’s interference? Do they get along and enjoy the peas? It is a charmin
DelAnne Frazee
Aug 07, 2014 DelAnne Frazee rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Pickin' Peas
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Pat Cummings
Publisher: August House
Published: 8-1-2014
ISBN: 13-1-9781939160836
E-Book ASIN:
Genre: Children's Fiction
Tags: Folk Tales
Overall Rating: Great 4.5
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne

Little Girl loves peas and has rows and rows of them in her garden. One day she went out to her garden to pick some of those peas to fix for her to eat. Unfortunately for her there is a sneaky rabbit that likes peas just as muc
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 24, 2015 Carla Johnson-Hicks rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Pickin Peas is the beautiful retelling of folktale that originally appeared, according to MacDonald, in Southern Workman. This book is meant to be read aloud and acted out in a group setting. The last page gives actions, a tune to use if you want and some suggestions for acting out the song using characters.

A little girls plants peas and waits for them to be ready to pick. She sings as she picks the big peas. She leaves the small ones to get bigger. Rabbit comes along behind her singing his own
Amber (bookstacksamber)
((I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley))

Little Girl is in her garden picking peas and singing. A rabbit comes along and starts sneakily eating up all her peas. What will she do when she catches him?

The story is cute, but what I really love are the illustrations. They're so fun and colorful. There are a lot of pages with full-color illustrations and no text, perfect when reading with younger kids. They'll be able to point out all the actions and objects in the pictures without being dis
The wonderfully colorful and expressive illustrations earn 4 stars, but the less-than-grammatical conversational style of the text dropped my overall rating to 3 stars. I appreciate the folk lore origins of the story; I just find it hard to read a story, especially out loud, that's written in such a different style from how I myself would speak.

The repeating verse throughout the book will get into kids' heads and have them chanting along with the story. They'll laugh at the rabbit's antics, espe
Oct 11, 2014 Lorna rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, netgalley
A cute, brightly illustrated tale of a little girl picking peas in a garden and the pesky rabbit that follows her. The rabbit gobbles up all the peas the little girl leaves behind to give them time to grow. The little girl eventually catches on to the sneaky rabbit, capturing him and keeping him in a box in her kitchen. He uses a bit of trickery to escape so he can get back to the garden and eat more peas.

This story was based on a 19th century folk song, which the little girl and the rabbit sing
May 29, 2016 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

We received this book to give an honest review.

Oh A and I had a blast reading this book to the point of every time I would say "Land on my Knees" A would want to say it instead of me.
This is a really adorable book that I think children from ages 3 on up would really enjoy. You have a young girl who is pickin' her peas unknown to her until she hears something that a rabbit is eating what she isn't pickin'. When she captures this rabbit he is very clever to
Dilsh Wijesinghe
Mar 04, 2016 Dilsh Wijesinghe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
An Advanced Review Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow!!! No words to say. Attractive story including sweet & full-page coloured pictures. Quick reading.
Pickin' Peas was a very enjoyable story. Conversations between the little girl & the Pesky rabbit were very enthusiasm & fun. I love the poems the both girl & the rabbit sang. Very suitable story to make a stage drama. I'm pretty sure every kid love the story & those cute pictures
Aug 08, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

At first I read this on my kindle and it was all jumbled up. Then I read it on the PDF file and it was amazing. The artwork was beautiful, and I liked how the story was written over the picture, made it feel very involved. Even though I did not know the tune I found myself singing the song in my head, it was catchy. The bunny was so clever and cute. I would recommend this book to children especially if they have p
Aug 12, 2016 Dolores rated it liked it
Shelves: ntg-arc
Cute story! Lovely illustrations!

I appreciate the author's suggestions for enhancing the story-telling when this is to be read aloud to children. And I would probably only use it as a read aloud. It's a folk tale and is written in folk tale form, which means that the grammar is off. I'm kind of a stickler for NOT presenting bad grammar to young students in written form.
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
This was a real cute book book the e-copy I got wAs all mixed up and read all confusing. Carmine and I made do and enjoyed the story along with the illustrations.
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