Saturday, March 3, 2012

Favorite Children's Book: The Seven Silly Eaters

Do you have a picky eater in your family? Or two or three or four? How about seven!?! That's how many picky eaters Mrs. Peters has, in this beloved children's book "The Seven Silly Eaters" by Mary Ann Hoberman. This is the same author who wrote A House is a House for me, which I reviewed previously.

The story starts out with Mrs. Peters and her first baby, Peter Peters, whose milk had to be just the right temperature. She doesn't mind her first picky eater, but with each child comes more and more work as she tries to prepare the only food that they will eat. Finally with seven growing children she spends all day long fixing food for them - pots and pots of food. "Mrs. Peters was a wreck!" She goes to bed tired that night, realizing that the next day was her birthday. The children sneak out of bed at the crack of dawn to make their mother the food that they all love. But of course, things go wrong and it doesn't turn out quite the way they've all expected, but they all go to bed. When Mrs. Peters wakes up, she's smells a wonderful birthday surprise and she's ecstatic! She's finally found the answer to her dilemma and now she can make one meal that her whole family will enjoy. 

Don't you just feel for the poor woman, Mrs. Peters? I think most Moms can probably relate. This is a story that you will love and laugh about as much as your children. Mary Ann Hoberman has a wonderful, musical rhyming pattern that you'll come to love as you read her books. The illustrations tell a story all of their own, which makes the books perfect to read to pre-readers, but any age would enjoy this book. And don't all Mom's sometimes wish we could find the perfect meal that every person in the family enjoys? It's probably a fantasy for all of us, but if you follow Mrs. Peter's trick, who knows? Maybe it'll work for you! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!


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