Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Keith Baker
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
The Alphabet Peas invite readers into their world where they work and play within the ABCs. The Peas introduce themselves at every letter, giving occupations and actions that begin with each progressive letter of the alphabet. They are acrobats and zoologists and everything in between. Each illustration showcases the letter as well as little green peas doing the jobs they are listing. At the end of the book, the peas finish their introduction and ask who the reader is in return.
LMNO Peas quickly hooks young children who are learning their alphabet and growing their vocabulary. The rhyming text corresponds with the illustrations, offering an entertaining visual with the opportunity for discussion and observation outside the text. The adult reading can move as fast or as slow as reader needs, choosing to focus on the large colorful alphabet, words, drawings, or all of it together. Older children can also learn interpersonal relations by thinking of all the things they can do and introduce themselves back to the Peas or begin exploring occupational ideas. The sense of playfulness suggested by the clever title continues though the book, offering the chance for laughter and surprise at some of the occupations the Peas hold.