Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors

Common Sense Media says

Cute peas at play help kids learn colors.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Helps kids identify things in the world that are a certain color in a fun and entertaining way. Builds vocabulary, too, 

Positive messages

Implicit message that thinking about color and knowing the colors of different things in nature and the world is fun. 

Positive role models

The little green peas are active, playful, fun-loving, helpful, hardworking, energetic, curious, cooperative, and exuberant. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Parents Need to Know

LITTLE GREEN PEAS: A BIG BOOK OF COLORS by author-illustrator Keith Baker (LMNO Peas, 1-2-3 Peas), once again features the adorable antic vegetables, this time teaching kids about color. As young readers follow the peas' busy doings on each two-page spread devoted to a single color, they'll absorb lessons about what things in the world and in nature are blue, red, yellow, green, orange, purple, black, white, or silver. But the real fun is watching those tiny peas do their thing. 

What's the story?

The cute, busy little peas from LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas are back, and here they're zooming through two-page spreads devoted to different colors and only a few words of text. The fun is in watching all their activity. Each color is introduced in giant block letters, and other things on that spread and the one that follows are yellow: "Yellow buses -- and bumblebees! Yellow sun and ... little green peas." But it's the tiny peas' varied actions throughout each page that will keep readers entertained -- Hula-Hooping, playing baseball, throwing Frisbees, and so on. The book climaxes with black, where "little green guys" -- aliens who look a lot like the little green peas -- float and frolic in outer space.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LITTLE GREEN PEAS: A BIG BOOK OF COLORS is simpler in scope than previous books in the series and may pack less of a punch, but kids will still enjoy spending time with the antic vegetables as they zoom about and have fun with each color -- primary, secondary, and black and white. Easy-going lessons about examples of each color (blue seas, red autumn leaves, "orange bubbly drinks") will sink in, too. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the colors in their world. What color is your pet, your room, your car? What colors are in your garden? 

  • What's fun about the little green peas? Have you read other books they star in? How does this one compare? Which is your favorite?

  • Draw a picture with another vegetable showing a bunch of things that are the same color. What other vegetables do you know besides peas?

Book details

Author:Keith Baker
Illustrator:Keith Baker
Genre:Colors
Topics:Cars and trucks, Arts and dance, Science and nature, Space and aliens
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Beach Lane Books
Publication date:July 22, 2014
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:3 - 4
Read alone:4 - 8
Available on:Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook

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