Pickin’ Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald & Pat Cummings

Pickin PeasPickin’ Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald & Pat Cummings

My first encounter with Margaret Read MacDonald was at the National Storytelling Network’s annual conference in Bellingham WA in 2004. She was one of the highlights of the conference.

Her book Pickin ’Peas is based on a couple of folktales. It is the story of a little girl out picking peas in her garden and a pesky rabbit. Does she get to pick her peas without the rabbit’s interference? Do they get along and enjoy the peas? It is a charming story and the illustrations by Pat Cummings are wonderful. The interactive story involves the telling, singing and jumping.

Pickin Peas has won numerous awards. One stands out to me and that is the Tennessee Volunteer State Award which is chosen by children.

At the end of the book, Ms. MacDonald gives the storyteller/reader some tips on how to present the story to their audience. For anyone interested in the craft of storytelling be sure to check out Ms. MacDonald’s offerings. Her website (http://www.margaretreadmacdonald.com/index.cfm) is a treasure trove of information.

Reading the book on the Kindle app is interesting. The formatting is definitely off and the parts that are to be sung end up scattered over the pages resulting in a not so satisfying read. That is not the fault of the story, just the delivery method. If you can “read between the lines” (LOL) you will discover a wonderful tale.

I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchanged for my honest review. Thank you