Genre: Family / Food / Manners
Year Published: 1997
Year Read: 2015
Publisher: Gulliver Books
Now a few years ago, a couple of my book friends had recommended me this cute children’s book called “The Seven Silly Eaters” by Mary Ann Hoberman along with illustrations by Marla Frazee, to read. But I was never able to get around to reading this book until just recently and now I wish that I had actually read this book many years ago!
When Mr. and Mrs. Peters had a son named Peter, their lives were perfect except for one thing…Peter was an extremely picky eater as he would only drink warm milk and refused to drink any kind of milk that is not warm. So, Mrs. Peters ended up making Peter’s milk the way he likes it. However, things get even more exhausting for Mrs. Peters when she ended up having six more children and they each have their different preferences for food:
- Lucy always wanted homemade pink lemonade.
- Jack would only eat applesauce.
- Mac would always take out the lumps in his oatmeal.
- Mary Lou loves homemade bread.
- The twins Flo and Fran like their eggs a different way such as, Flo wanting her eggs poached while Fran likes her eggs fried.
All of these demands eventually made Mrs. Peters a wreck, until her birthday was coming up and she thought that her family would forget all about her birthday. But, as it turns out, the kids are planning something special for Mrs. Peters’ birthday!
What are the children planning to do for Mrs. Peters’ birthday?
Read this book to find out!
Now, this is probably not a big deal, but I was a little annoyed with the fact Mr. Peters was barely acknowledged to in this story. If you read the text of this book, you will notice that Mr. Peters is barely mentioned at all and the only way you would know that he even exists in this story is through the illustrations of him standing next to Mrs. Peters throughout each image. I usually have issues with characters that are shown in a story, but barely make an impact on the actual story and I guess that is why this issue kind of bothered me, even though I still enjoyed the story.
Overall, “The Seven Silly Eaters” is a truly enjoyable book for parents who have to deal with children who are picky eaters and children who love reading a story that is full of fun! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this story.
By the way, does anyone have a recipe for pink lemonade cake? I would love to try that out someday!