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Peep!: A Little Book About Taking a Leap

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Peep is out for a walk with his mother and sisters. When they hop off a steep curb, Peep freezes. It's too high! He just can't do it!
Will peep overcome his fear and take a leap?
This gentle tale is perfect for anyone facing a challenge big or small.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Feiwel & Friends
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Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ug, nice "Great for Grads" sticker on the cover. Hoping for a spot next to Oh the Places You'll Go in bookstores?

I liked the use of color in the illustrations, and the hesitant little chick was sort of cute, but didn't really win me over.
Amani Moore
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book showed how to "take a leap" but it was a little boring at times ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one little chick who discovers that he has the courage to do anything he sets his mind to! Easy read too.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got this for my recent college grad, but my preschooler loves it.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There are books that practically leap off the shelf when you see them in the store. "PEEP A Little Book About Taking a Leap" is one such title. The drawings, smudges and scratches of color with simple lines to define the scene, perfectly suit the main character's mood in each delightful spread of this deceptively simple book, as Peep the chick tries to muster the courage to plunge from the curb and into his life. The sticker on front of the book says "great for grads" and indeed this will likely ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chicken, fear and self confidence requests
A little chick is scared about jumping off a curb. With a little encouragement and support from Mom and siblings he does it. Ending picture hints at the next hurdle to overcome. Wonderful interjections, however, due to the size of the book this is best for small groups or one on one. 4/22/14

Since my the day care didn't come I was able to use this for story time. Even though the kids were a little young the peeps and tic tocs... seemed to keep their attention. 3/31/15

Was a huge hit in story time.
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
This book came highly recommended and I've had it on my to-read shelf for quite a long time. So I was eagerly anticipating reading it with our girls. All I can say, though, is, "meh." It was okay, but nothing to crow about. The story shows a mom encouraging her little one to take a big leap (literally) and she gives him encouragement when he gets scared. So it's a nice tale, but the short narrative and line and scribble illustrations really didn't do it for me. ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love PEEP!
The children in my preschool love Peep, too! It is very popular all day in our cozy corner, and especially at drop off time when parents read a story and head off to work. One child chose this book practically every morning for an entire school year, for his mom or dad to read to him before saying good-bye for the day. Peep is sweet, funny, full of emotion, and very reassuring, just right for young children making their own brave leaps into the world!
Shawn Thrasher
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Why exactly do we even care about Peep the chick and his leap off the curb? There are too many weird things about this book. The illustrations. The creepy green balloon and its loud pop. The scribbly illustrations that look like someone's doodles. This seems like some sort of vanity project that was picked up and published, but I don't know why. I usually hate children's picture books with an obvious message. I hate this book. ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like the artwork style, with watercolor conveying movement. The bright yellow of the book is so awfully cheery! I liked how only Peep was yellow -- it draws your eye to him and emphasizes the casualness of the other chicks ability to hop down and up. You know that feeling when you're afraid of something and it seems like everybody else is so confident and has never been afraid in their life? Somehow the artwork conveys that, which is pretty cool. ...more
Emmeline Guest
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Amazing, yet simply, illustrations guide this book-of-few-words. Crayola Crayon inspired drawings express the emotions - fear, bravery, triumph, of a little yellow chick, scared to follow his family, and take a (BIG) step off the sidewalk.

Perfect for discussing fear (bravery, pride) with preschoolers!
Gianna Marino
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Gianna by: friends
This is one of my favorite little books. Who cannot relate to this little chick trying to take that big leap in life? Everyone can feel what little peep is feeling.

Maria is so clever with her simple, expressive illustrations and text that fits right in place with her splashes of color.

tictoctictoc... read this book, you will fall in love with it!
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bodhi
Peep is a book about courage. In the book, a momma chicken is leading her baby chicks along a sidewalk. One of the chicks is named Peep. His brothers and sisters all jump off of a curb, but Peep is too scared. So, he waits there for a little while and then gets enough courage to jump. It was a good book.
Sandy Brehl
A simple book with appeal for the very young, but it also transmits a strong message about facing our fears and challenges. A blurb on the cover says it's a great graduation gift, and I agree. Also ideal to use at the end of a school year, celebrating successes and reassuring about readiness for new challenges. ...more
Sabrina Henry
This a simple book about a chick having doubts about what he can do. His mom and sisters encouraged him to do it and he did. I like the simple message of encouragement and the illustrations were simple and easy to follow.
age 3 and up. Great story for dialogic reading and having conversations with children because the story can be related to their own experiences. Children can imitate some of the sounds depicted and improve their phonological awareness.
Apr 13, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-for-kids
All ages
Lisa Ingold
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: little kids and their parents
Recommended to Lisa by: friend
I love this charming little book; my little boys and I have read it over and over. We love the story and the illustrations.
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good graduation gift!
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth
Love this author and her simple illustrations.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
This is one seriously cute book.
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Love the movement depicted in the illustrations, this has a great message to.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very cute, a confidence builder. Good for graduates.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-library
I think this book is pretty cute, but Melanie (2) doesn't really understand the pictures or story even though she likes to read it. ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
Loved all the yellow and the little peep. Didn't love the book. ...more
Carrie Gelson
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Realistically depicts all of the up and down emotions associated with fear and then the courageous leap . . .
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jess by: browsing for chicken books for preschool
Shelves: picture-books, z_14
The balloon entrance was a bit odd, but I suppose it's there to say you can still get scared and Mom will still be there.

Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wonderful illustrations!
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a quick read-aloud that will spark good discussion with students about taking risks and trying new things.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute story with beautifully simple illustrations.
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Maria is author, illustrator and designer of picture books.
She grew up near Amsterdam, and studied Visual Communications at George Washington University in DC.
Maria has a background in branding at Coca-Cola, and likes history, art, storytelling, magical realism, vintage printing, ancient patterns and secrets hidden long ago. She is working on an illustrated novel that includes all that. Maria live

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