- By Gail Piernas-Davenport Marion Eldridge

Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas

  • Title: Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas
  • Author: Gail Piernas-Davenport Marion Eldridge
  • ISBN: 9780807573303
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shante Keys and the New Year s Peas In this multicultural New Years story Shant Keys learns about Chinese New Year and Diwali as well as how January st is celebrated in other countries The author includes additional pages of informat

    In this multicultural New Years story, Shant Keys learns about Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as how January 1st is celebrated in other countries The author includes additional pages of information about diverse New Years traditions and special foods Full color.

    1 thought on “Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas

    1. Finally, a great kids story about New Year's. This book manages to talk about many different things different cultures do for New Year's Eve to bring luck. Shante Keys is African American and in their tradition Black-eyed peas bring luck. They are luck pennies. This book rhymes. The art is fantastic and I enjoyed the story and learning about other cultures. This book had energy and fun. The kids loved this book too even though they thought all the food sounded gross. They asked, "why do people e [...]

    2. Under regular picture book standards I might only give this three stars, but with the dearth of New Year's picture books, I think this deserves recognition. When Shante Keys goes to spend New Year's with her Southern grandmother she looks forward to the traditional blackeyed peas dish they'll eat with dinner. But, oh no! Grandma forgot the blackeyed peas!!! She sends Shante to find some. Shante visits neighbors and shopkeepers of different backgrounds, none of whom celebrate the new year with bl [...]

    3. Well, the "holiday stories and crafts" program has come and gone, so now it's time to review all the books! It's a lot easier to answer the question, "Would a kid like this?" when you are reading it to an actual kid. The truth is, there are a lot of things that I don't like in a picture book, that a kid either doesn't mind or, in fact, embraces. (see my last review on Jingle-Jingle for more on this). Rhyming text is one of those things. It's not like I'm opposed to it, and there are plenty of go [...]

    4. This is an excellent book to introduce in December as students explore various winter cultural and religious celebrations. Although it is focused on the New Year, this book is a great way to tie Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year together from an African American perspective. This book can be linked with other books that reflect nonChristian religious traditions or nonreligious traditions African Americans carry out during winter season. The rhyming narrative makes for an interesting and lingui [...]

    5. While the rhyming text can get a little clumsy, there's a lot of read-aloud appeal here as Shante Keys traverses the neighborhood trying to find black eyed peas for her family's traditional New Year's Day dinner and discovers lots of other food traditions along the way. The author's note at the end is very informative. The illustrations are bright and engaging.

    6. This is a great book; multicultural for sure! When Shanté is sent to find black-eyed peas for her family's New Year's celebration, she learns about each of her neighbor's New Year's traditions in their home countries.

    7. This book has a lot of good things going for it. It's pretty accurate without being offensive about different cultures. It gets close to being a little stereotypical but it skirts that edge effectively. The rhyme scheme is a little forced at points, but as far as NYE books good, this is a real winner.

    8. Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas is a realistic fiction about a girl named Shante, who spends her day in search of peas for grandma to cook for their New Years dinner. The story was age-appropriate and children can understand the content of the story. The problem in the story was: Shante's Grandma had spent all day cooking for their New Year's dinner, but she forgot about peas. For African-Americans, black-eyed peas is a tradition for New Year's dinner, that symbolizes good luck for the year [...]

    9. The African-American protagonist's grandmother has forgotten to make black-eyed peas for New Year's, so she (the protagonist, Shanté Keys) goes all over town looking for them and in the process learns about many other culture's New Year's traditions (whether they celebrate on January 1, like her and her family, or at a different time).The rhyming gets to be a bit much at times ("I am from Mexico, down by Belize"), and the inclusion of so many different traditions feels a bit much (and the story [...]

    10. Lively and engaging Shante Keyes takes readers on a tour of New Year's Day traditions around the world--all right in her own neighborhood! She won't rest until she has good-luck black-eyed peas for everyone to enjoy on New Year's Day. This book fills a niche often neglected in holiday books, and does it with gusto.

    11. Shante Keys needs to find some New Year's Peas and quick! They won't have any good luck if she doesn't.She runs through the neighborhood asking to borrow some. Although no one has any but her aunt, she learns about other New Year traditions from around the world and invites everyone to share her good luck peas.

    12. Rhyming text and colorful illustrations. Includes info on other New Year foods and traditions around the world and a recipe for Grandma Louise's Hoppin' Johnemes: black-eyed peas, family, food, friends, multicultural, New Year's

    13. A great rhyming book showing different food traditions for different cultures, as the main character tries to get peas for her own family's tradition. My only gripe is that only the women are shown cooking.

    14. I enjoy reading this one to students and hearing about their New Year's traditions. They love learning about haggis especially. The author's note at the end is very good, and even though the rhymes can get a little bit clunky, I am a big fan of this book.

    15. Fun way for kids to learn about how other cultures celebrate New Years! Also rhymes, so may be good for ST.

    16. "new years, cooking, multicultural, girl goes to borrow food from neighbors for new year's dish, learns names and a food for other cultures new year's celebrations"

    17. A great, simple exploration of how different cultures celebrate the new year. The rhyming made the story a little rough in a few spots, but I'm excited to try this out in storytime.

    18. A decent book on a hard-to-find category… New Year's traditions. It has a pleasing rhyme scheme and lots of helpful information throughout the book and authors note.

    19. Clever story that works in interesting introductions to different New Years traditions. Could ask kids about what they do on New Years/ other winter holidays? Ms Tea's "crowd-pleasers"

    20. Good introduction to different cultures celebrating in different ways. Illustrations are good. Has recipe and fact sheet in back.

    21. This was a great way to introduce my daughter to different cultural traditions. My daughter loves it and wanted to read it many, many times.

    22. Shante' and her search for black-eyed peas is a wonderful read-aloud to highlight New Year's celebrations around the world!

    23. Great for New Year's storytimes with rhyming text and a variety of cultures and New Year's traditions represented.

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