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Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas

Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Oh no -- it’ll be bad luck without them! So Shanté sets out to borrow some from the neighbors. Shanté doesn't find peas but discovers that her neighbors have fun foods and traditions for their New Year’s!

In this multicultural New Year’s story, Shanté 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 Year’s traditions and special foods.


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"In rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, this upbeat story celebrates family, community, and multiculturalism, highlighting an African-American family's New Year's food traditions, including 'lucky' black-eyed peas....The story, with abundant dialogue, is written in couplets, with all lines ending in a long 'e' sound, and the expressive art warmly portrays characters' interactions in bright, rich hues and lively detail." - Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Gail Piernas-Davenport
Illustrator Marion Eldridge
ISBN 0807573302
Publication Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Language English