The Seven Silly Eaters

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Lively verse, fun dilemma make an enjoyable read.





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Parents need to know that this gently funny tweak of fussy eaters contains nothing of concern.

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What's the story?

The seven Peters kids each eat only one, different food! This eventually drives even accommodating Mrs. Peters batty. But the kids rally to mom's relief with a special birthday cake that the whole family can enjoy. Hoberman's verse sings, and Frazee's artwork conveys the cheerful chaos of a big, happy family home.

Is it any good?


Mary Hoberman's verse is both merry and touching, and Marla Frazee's big-hearted artwork is a perfect complement to this poem. The Peters' home with its cultivated anarchy has a host of huggable characters and a feast of delicious details that make children want to take another look.

Kids quickly identify with one or another of the silly eaters. "I like Jack because he likes applesauce and has the high bunk," said one 4-year-old. As the number of food demands begins to overwhelm Mrs. Peters, she races furiously to satisfy her children's desires; what glows from the page is a mother's love.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the challenge of pleasing everyone in a group. What meals or activities are equally enjoyed by everyone in your family?

Book details

Author:Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrator:Marla Frazee
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:January 1, 1997
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Parent of a 1, 3, 6, and 14 year old Written bydpaez July 21, 2010

a wonderful warm and cozy story about family love

love the Rhythm and rhyme. looooooove the illustrations.
Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Delightful story with incredible rhyming and beautiful pictures. My 2 year old loved this book!


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