"We are peas--alphabet peas! We work and play in the ABCs."
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker Beach Lane Books (April 2010); ISBN 9781416991410; 40 pages;
Book Source: Copy from local library
A versatile and yummy vegetable, the little round green pea is a favorite in my home. My kids gobble up peas like candy and like rolling them around on their plates. Now, thanks to author/illustrator Keith Baker, peas have another useful purpose -- they do a pretty decent job teaching the ABCs and LMNO peas. Little green peas of all sorts of different backgrounds and occupations star in this new and creative alphabet book. The peas are astronauts and artists, dancers, hikers, parachutists and even READERS! Each page shows a large letter of the alphabet swamped by tiny peas performing different jobs that start with the same letter. For instance, the peas surrounding letter C are climbers, campers and a clown. The minimal text rhymes, but really the cute, detailed illustrations of all the peas are what makes this alphabet book unique and a worth-while addition to all alphabet book collections. And, to add to the fun, Baker has hidden a tiny ladybug on each page spread.
As far as alphabet books go, this is certainly a winner. I especially like the title name "LMNO peas" because kids often slur those letters together when singing the alphabet. It's nice to be able to point them all out separately right on the front cover and spend a little time going over this part of the alphabet right away before reading the book. Little details like an Elvis pea make this a fun read for adults, too.
Keith Baker - Author Website
I saw a really cute bead and string happy girl doll craft on ArtMind a month ago and thought that the design would make perfect pea people. We made some green beads out of green play dough and let them dry for a few days. Then I began the craft with my kids. Unfortunately I ended up assembling the dolls completely by myself because the small size and skill level required makes the project too hard for young children. Here is a picture of the completed dolls.
I decided to simplify the project and change some of the materials to make it easier for my kindergarten-aged daughter to make her own pea person. It takes about 10 minutes to assemble one and the process requires only minimal adult assistance. Surprisingly, we all prefer the pipe cleaner pea people over the string dolls because they are posable!
1 and a half Green Pipe Cleaners
5 Pony Beads (4 Green, 1 Pink)
1 Wooden Bead
Black Sharpie Marker
Green Crayola Marker
The kids are really enjoying playing with their pea family. While my daughter and I worked on the pea people, my toddler son played with frozen peas and filled in a big letter "P."
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