Mabel O'Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y

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Hoping to avoid eating her peas because she can't leave the dinner table until she does, Mabel puts them in her ears and discovers that her impaired hearing leads to other problems.

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Mary Gerlaugh Delaney lives in Bolton, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. This is her first book for children.

Kathy Couri attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and now works as a freelance illustrator. This is her first hardcover picture book for children.

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PreSchool-Grade 2–Told that she cant leave the table until every pea has been chewed, Mabel takes drastic action and hides the peas in a most unadvisable spot. Her plan, however resourceful, has a major flaw: peas in the ear make it tricky to hear....Words seem confusing, their meanings amusing, ideas become hard to convey. The ensuing pea-inflicted hearing loss leads to a comedy of errors as the child spends the day misinterpreting her mothers increasingly concerned requests. Some of the misunderstandings are harmless: when Mom says Stop! Mabel obligingly begins to hop. Its potentially more dangerous when Mom asks Mabel to hold still and she hears get out my old drill. It is only when she climbs into bed that night that her deception is uncovered, much to her mothers surprise. Although there is no scene of parental disapproval, Mabel still concludes that her experiment was perhaps not a plan worth repeating. Yet while sitting in her closet surrounded by bits of broccoli, she suggests that ...shoes are ideal/when used to conceal/a meal that no one likes eating! A careful look at the busy watercolor illustrations will reveal amusing pea references (even Mabels tights have green polka dots). And although some practice may be needed to get the rhythm and rhymes articulated correctly, this is an engaging cautionary tale, and the extreme silliness of the story makes it a fun choice for reading aloud.–Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA
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