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The Seven Silly Eaters
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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.