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Little Pea

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  7,030 ratings  ·  559 reviews
"Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea." The New York Times

A sweet and amusing story to which little picky eaters can relate: If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? A delightful twist on a classic parent predicament, children will enjoy the
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by Chronicle Books
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May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A quick and simple 5 minute read; I read this with Nikkee who enjoyed it way more than I did because of how funny/cute the peas' faces were. I read this after "How to Make Friends with a Ghost" which I enjoyed much more because it was more unique and creatively put together; in contrast this was forgettable but harmless. ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents and teachers of young children
Recommended to Relyn by: Family Fun magazine
I loved this book. Really, really loved it. What a perfect ending. And, such an accessible story. I plan to use it when I do my mini-lesson on ending your story. (I teach second grade.) Endings are so hard to get right and this will be an excellent example.

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Last school year Sloane stayed home sick with her Daddy. It was about January of 2010. Anyway, she got bored, but had to be still. So, she reread Little Pea and decided to write a book for me. She called it Tiny Corn
One of the books read in our grandma reads session today.

Short and sweet, about a kid pea who has food issues. He doesn't like what is offered for dinner. When my kiddos saw what it was he had to eat for dinner they were bowled over with laughter and fully engaged to the book's quick end. A brilliant way to hook them and make the point that preference is a choice and that the way around the problem can be solved by focusing on this difference in perspective.

I love a book that quickly presents th
La Coccinelle
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is a cute little story that might appeal to picky eaters. Little Pea is... well, a pea. He lives with Papa Pea and Mama Pea and does fun stuff like getting flung off the end of cutlery by his father. But the one thing he doesn't like doing? Eating his dinner. All he wants is dessert, but he has to eat all of his dinner first. And for a pea, dinner is... candy.

The illustrations are simple but charming, and the illustrator managed to give personalities to a family of vegetables. My main compl
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This makes me wish I had a little one to share in these lovely little short stories Rosenthal writes.
Did I mention their cute because they are stinking cute.
Kelly Holmes
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Clever idea for a story...and well-executed! The text is concise, and the illustrations are adorable. However, we're not a huge fan of the eat-your-supper-and-get-dessert thing in our family, so it's not our favorite. But that's just our own personal hang-up with it. It really is a great little story! ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute book. Not necessarily the best for a read-aloud with a group, though.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fussy Eaters / Readers Looking for Humorous Stories About Mealtime
Shelves: picture-books
A delightful little picture-book from Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace, Little Pea combines minimal text and minimal illustrations, achieving the maximum effect in charm and entertainment. Little Pea is a happy youngster, who loves his Papa and Mama Pea, and enjoys playing with his friends. The only discordant element in his life comes at mealtime, when his parents insist that he eat his candy, before he can have a delicious bowl of spinach for dessert...

This charming reversal of the usual me
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Little pea is forced to eat candy for dinner!
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, storybook
I read this one because it came up on my GR recommendations, even though I actively dislike peas.

However the reasons that I did not like this book had little to do with my distaste for peas. In fact, I would rather see them playing in a schoolyard than showing up on my plate.

No, I did not like this book in part because it played to the gender stereotypes of dad a breadwinner and 'fun guy' and mother as stay at home caregiver.

But more so, I disliked the book because of the whole 'you must eat t
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all young children and their adults
This is an adorable book and it’s great fun. I am not convinced that it will actually convert children who don’t like vegetables into vegetable lovers if that’s a goal. It is a cute story though and the illustrations are terrific. The candy sure looks pretty but not that extremely appealing (to me) as none of it is chocolate.

I loved vegetables even as a young child (except for eggplant, green onions, and radishes - I acquired a taste for those three in adulthood) but I would have enjoyed this bo
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A really fun book to read with my toddler. She definitely appreciates all the noises that accompany the pea eating all the disgusting candy. However, I'm not sure if it's a book that we'll check out again. I know it's playing on the "finish your veggies if you want dessert" style of parenting that a lot of families have, but we don't have that in our home - and the later my daughter realizes that society values food differently (as in some foods are rewards and some are chores), the better. ...more
Sadia Mansoor
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
In the world of peas, everything is topsy turvy ;)
They have candies for dinner & spinach as a dessert.. Read this to your lil one & show them how the baby pea struggles to eat his 5 candies every night but gobbles down the spinach super fast! For him, the spinach is yum, yum, EXTRA YUM! :D

Here is the story of this adorable pea :)
Stefanie Burns
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
A little pea has to eat candy for dinner and doesn't like it. He's told if he eats 5 pieces he can have dessert. So eats 5 pieces and gets to eat spinach. Yum. The end. Short story that kids aren't going to understand why eating candy is so terrible. You can discuss how being forced to eat may make you not like it or too much of a good thing can be bad. ...more
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Perfectly cute twist on "eat your vegetables," for the pea is required to eat his candy before he can have spinach for dessert. ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
adorable! we have this fight with our toddler every night it seems! haha
Norah Butchy
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my mom when I was little and I loved it! Cheers to Little Pea!
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story doesn't have much depth, but it's adorable! ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuteness overload alert - even down to the fun dinnertime twist. Peas are just such adorable main characters!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I want some little pea pals for myself now! This is the sweetest book I have read this year. From beginning to the end, it is filled with perfectness.
A cute little story about a little pea who is a picky eater.

A short read, but kids might enjoy the flipped eating situation between them and the little pea.

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Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink -I read these three adorkable children's books yesterday which adopt the reverse psychology on kids, if it can be called that.

There is a common setup for all the stories. These little ones live with their Mama and Papa, they hate doing something that is expected of them (also, forced on them by their parents) AND love something that kids, more often than not, are stereotyped to hate.

Little Hoot hates to wait for bedtime.
“All my other friends get to go t
Sarah Sammis
Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pc
My son has excellent taste in books. Earlier this summer he picked out Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal. This cute little book about a family of peas has already become a family favorite.

Little Pea, the title character, reminds me a lot of my son. Little Pea every night is forced to eat food he doesn't like (because it's good for him). His exasperated parents ask him to eat five pieces. Little Pea reluctantly does what they ask but pulls the most wonderful faces as he takes his bites. These sc
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Huge favorite in our house. My 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds loved it. Besides being a wonderfully fun story about eating right, the reversal food idea, of a pea having to eat candy for dinner and hating it, really appeals to my children. They were tickled pink with the idea. And I absolutely, positively fell in love with Jen Corace's illustrations. I never knew a pea could have so many facial expressions and be just so darn cute. It made me break into my terribly awful French Peas Veggie Tales ac ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't love this story. It didn't grab my attention. I felt like the storyline was boring. I do think children would get a kick out of the pea having to eat five pieces of candy before he could have his dessert which was spinach. I don't know how I would use this story in my classroom, the only thought I have is use it with a creative writing piece, "What would it be like if we hated candy and we loved vegetables?" But there isn't much teaching and good discussion that would come out of that. ...more
Sylvie Gold
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another of my favorite picture books to read to young children who are learning about nutrition and healthy foods. The delightful silliness of the way the book twists our usual ideas of what is "good for you" and what is not is always as much fun for me to read as it is for my young listeners to hear!

This works great in a story-time with other silly books about eating, including "I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato" by Lauren Child and "Gregory, the Terrible Eater" by Mitchell Sharmat, which als
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If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do?

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Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Working at a bookstore then going home to a three month old sister, I read a lot of board books. This one is easily my favorite. It has everything a kids' book needs, a simple story, adorable illustrations, and a wonderful example of reverse psychology. It's fantastic, and Little Hoot is equally worth taking a moment to read. ...more
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I brought this book home with one of my girls in mind who was once caught eating sugar in her closet. Little pea cannot have his dessert until he eats all the candy on his plate. A really cute book!
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, mom
Ellie read to the dogs and then read again to me. Very funny book that our friends introduced us too. Great for kids and picky eaters or simply those who love candy!. Ellie said she would eat little pea's dinner for him so he could get his dessert :).krb 2/1/16 ...more
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal was.
She divided her time.


Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things.
Some things she liked to make include:

Children's books. (Little Pea, Spoon, DuckRabbit)
Grown-up books. (Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life)
Short films. (The Beckoning of Lovely, The Money Tree)
Guided journals. (The Belly Book)
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