1-2-3 Peas



Super-appealing counting book with 100 cute peas in action.

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Educational value

Teaches kids how to count to 20 and then to count by 10s to 100.

Positive messages

The implied message is that counting is fun.

Positive role models

These peas work hard, play hard, and take naps. And they seem to enjoy everything they do, especially things around numbers.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 1-2-3 Peas is a fun counting book that will help little kids learn their numbers, 1 to 20, and how to count by 10s to 100. Preschoolers might not get the counting by 10s part, but they'll have fun watching all the busy activity of the 100 busy peas, who laugh, dance, race, build, drive, fly, and bike around, over, under, and through the giant, colorful numerals.

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What's the story?

1-2-3 PEAS is both a sequel and a companion to Keith Baker's 2012 picture book, the bestselling LMNO Peas, which spotlights the alphabet. Here the loveable peas are back, and the focus is on numbers. Baker presents big, almost full-page-size numerals from 1 to 20, with adorable, active, tiny peas doing all manner of busy things around them -- fishing, boating, painting, traveling, etc. -- then teaches readers how to count by 10s, as the peas continue their nonstop activities on and around giant numerals. "Thirty peas honking -- beep, beep, beep! Forty peas napping -- sleep, sleep, sleep!" They go all the way up to "One hundred peas counting, hap-pea as can be ..."

Is it any good?


This bright, colorful counting book is sure to be a hit with little ones, who will be captivated by the perpetual pea motion around the giant numbers. It's like a Richard Scarry book in that way: There's lots to look at in every scene, as peas go this way and that in all sorts of vehhicles. Preschoolers may not grasp the counting by 10s thing, but they'll have fun seeing the antic peas zoom around on their tiny pea legs and in their pea-size vehicles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about counting. Why do we need to learn to count? How do numbers help us when we're doing things?

  • How does the author of 1-2-3 Peas use art to teach readers about numbers?

  • What's your favorite scene in the book? How do you like the one where the peas are wearing hardhats and building the number 10 with hammer and nails?

Book details

Author:Keith Baker
Illustrator:Keith Baker
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Cars and trucks, Numbers and letters
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Beach Lane Books
Publication date:July 24, 2012
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7
Read aloud:3 - 7
Read alone:3 - 7
Available on:Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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