A clever, singing rabbit eats his way through the pea patch until Little Girl snatches him up, and he is soon singing a new tune as he plans his escape. With a nod to Brer Rabbit, Pickin Peas is adapted from two folktales collected in Alabama and Virginia. The lively storytelling voice of award-winning author Margaret Read MacDonald, combined with Pat Cummings' bright, bold contemporary illustrations, makes this timeless battle-of-wits an instant classic. This southern trickster folktale will teach readers the importance of resourcefulness, respect and fairness. Tell this story as a sing-along and make up dance moves as a class. Have fun with it!
About the Author
Pat Cummings' work has been recognized with the Coretta Scott King Award, the Orbis Pictus, the NAACP Image Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. After graduating from Pratt Institute she began a career as a freelance illustrator, working on editorial, advertising, theatrical and, eventually, picture book projects. Pat is the author and/or illustrator of over 35 books, both fiction and non-fiction. She has also worked as a producer and writer for Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island and now teaches children's book illustration and writing at Parsons, The New School for Design and Pratt Institute. Former gifted and award-winning students of her class include David Eza Stein, Hiroe Nakata and Julian Hector. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Pat was an Army brat and grew up in Germany, Okinawa, Kansas and Virginia. She and her husband Chuku Lee live in a loft in beautiful downtown Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great read aloud for Preschool-3rd grades. A lovely tale from the south complete with a trickster rabbit.
Pickin Peas is the beautiful retelling of folktale that originally appeared, according to MacDonald, in Southern Workman. This book is meant to be read aloud and acted out in a group setting. The last page gives actions, a tune to use if you want and some suggestions for acting out the song using characters. A little girls plants peas and waits for them to be ready to pick. She sings as she picks the big peas. She leaves the small ones to get bigger. Rabbit comes along behind her singing his own tune and eats the peas she has left. She catches him and tells him she is going to keep him in a box until all the peas have been picked. Rabbit tricks her and escapes. The illustrations are cute, but the story itself does not have much to it. It would be cute with young children singing and acting out the story. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and August House to read and review.