Delicious Thursday – Little Pea (and the names of your toes)

Happy Thursday! It is officially October, so I can now officially start with the Halloween decorations, per my family’s edict. And so, this must mean we can proceed with the reading of Halloween books, too, right?

peaActually, today’s delicious read isn’t technically a Halloween book at all, but it can apply to Halloween, so I often pull it out this time o’ year. Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal details the eating habits of Little Pea. Little Pea is, in fact, exactly that: a small green pea.

<Aside: does anyone else know the names of your toes? My father taught me them long ago, and I, in turn, have taught my children. They are (from smallest to largest): Little Pea, Penny Roo, Mighty Whistle, Roady Hustle, and Hobble-T-Gobble-T. When you get to Hobble-T-Gobble-T (a.k.a. the Big Toe), you end up tickling said child such that she is sure to say, “again, again!” I’ve no idea where this came from, but it is true, these are the names of your toes.>

Feet kinda gross me out, so please accept this crude foot tracing and toe-labeling for your viewing pleasure.
Feet kinda gross me out, so please accept this crude foot tracing and toe-labeling for your viewing pleasure.

Back to Little Pea. Yes, Little Pea is an adorable green pea (and not a baby toe) who begs and pleads with his parents about what they force him to eat for dinner: candy. Bleck! Ugh! Yuck! All kinds of candies in various colors and stripes! The horror! Just a few more bites and Little Pea is assured he’ll be treated to dessert. What’s for dessert? Wouldn’t you like to know!

Children love to hear about Little Pea’s aversion to candy, and they certainly relate to the familiar squabbles over food between parent and child. Jen Corace’s illustrations hit just the right note, too. Robust and picky eaters alike are sure to love Little Pea’s silly food preferences and his ultimate reward in a pile of spinach (ok, I just had to give it away). The entire story is delish.

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Possible Extensions:

~ Talk about favorite foods! Make a classroom chart, graph, or tally up all the favorite likes and dislikes of your students.hoot

~ Pair this with Amy Krause Rosenthal’s Little Hoot, which – like Little Pea – is not a Halloween book but because the characters are owls, can easily be enjoyed this time of year. Even though the concept of irony is a pretty big one, both books still lend themselves to wonderful conversations with children as they try to ponder and articulate the similarities and differences between these characters and themselves.em

~ Pair this with any book by the amazing AKR. She deserves a separate wonderpost altogether, but even so, she’d be a fun author study. Her books are incredibly imaginative, creative, and many are perfect springboards into class discussions and writing projects. Also? Visit her website. Just go. She’s fabulous.

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