Super Sweet Pea


Children - Picture Book
30 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2020
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Author Biography

J.L. Humphreys is the author of the picture books, Pumpkin's Kitties, Super Sweet Pea, and Chocolate Cake for Breakfast. Humphreys was a wife, mom, and teacher before she began writing books for children. She grew up in a suburb outside of Los Angeles. Humphreys was a shy child who enjoyed living in a house full of energy. The fourth born out of five children, with a father that worked long hours, a mom that babysat the neighborhood kids, and too many pets to count, made for a house overflowing with life and some chaos. She credits her imagination, ambition and willingness to take risks on her childhood experiences. Humphreys is delighted that she has a job that allows her to teach children to use their imagination and dream big.

Humphreys went to college at Point Loma Nazarene University, and lives in California with her husband, daughters, dog, and cat. Besides writing, reading, and teaching she is enthusiastic about the outdoors. She enjoys vacationing with her family, swimming, and getting her hands dirty. Because life is an adventure, Humphreys continues learning and growing. Currently, she is learning how to knit. Her favorite ice-cream is mint-n-chip, her favorite color is blue, and her favorite animal is an elephant.
You can follow J.L. Humphreys on twitter @Jlhumphreys59

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Sweet Pea loved spending time with her Papa. She helped her Papa by pulling the weeds and planting the seeds while he was gardening. After some weeks the garden was ready to harvest. It was full of beautiful leaves of different shapes and colors. Papa pulled out a carrot and gave it to Sweet Pea but she did not want to eat it because it was dirty. He snapped off a green bean and Sweet Pea did not want to have that either. Nor the red ripe strawberry because she felt it was sitting on the ground all day. Papa decided to eat the superfood all by himself. Sweet Pea wondered how super she would become if she ate superfood.

Super Sweet Pea by J.L. Humphreys is a delightful story to encourage young readers to eat nutritious food so that they have super strong bones, terrific teeth, powerful eyes, a super brain, a healthy heart, and a strong immune system. Susan Shorter's colorful and bright illustrations make the story and the concept attractive and captivating to young readers. The exercise at the end of the story to make a list of the superfoods and why they are super is a fun way to help youngsters find out the different types of food that will make them strong and the benefits. Tutors and parents can use this story of Sweet Pea to help children learn what superfood means in an entertaining and interactive way, and to eat food with nutritional value to easily make them into SUPER kids.

Edith Wairimu

An amazing story about a girl’s discovery of superfoods in her grandfather’s garden, Super Sweet Pea by J.L. Humphreys inspires children to eat healthier and watch as their bodies grow stronger. Though she loves spending time with her grandfather, Sweet Pea is unsure about how long it will take for the seeds they plant to grow. When the vegetables finally sprout, the garden is filled with beautiful colors from different types of fruits and leafy vegetables. Sweet Pea’s grandfather suggests to her to eat a carrot from the garden but Sweet Pea is hesitant. The carrot appears dirty, not what Sweet Pea would consider food. As her grandfather continues to mention other foods, Sweet Pea starts to walk away ... until he mentions something that catches Sweet Pea’s attention.

Super Sweet Pea focuses on two main characters who share a special bond. Sweet Pea loves accompanying her grandfather and during the time they spend together, he is able to encourage Sweet Pea to eat more vegetables. The story shares an amazing way of motivating children to eat vegetables by discovering the foods themselves and involving them in the planting process. The illustrations are bright and creative. They capture the scenes in the story. The lines on each page follow a similar structure which builds the anticipation of finding out what type of superfood Sweet Pea will discover next and how the vegetable or fruit helps the body become stronger. Super Sweet Pea by J.L. Humphreys is a colorful story that encourages children to discover and add new healthy foods into their diet.

Jack Magnus

Super Sweet Pea is an educational children’s picture book written by J.L. Humphreys and illustrated by Susan Shorter. Sweet Pea loved spending time with her grandpa, and that included helping him with his garden. She often felt impatient with how long it took for the seeds to sprout and the plants to bear fruits and vegetables, but her Papa counseled her to just be patient. Patience is hard, however, when you’re Sweet Pea’s age. Until sundown? The next day? As her Papa had promised, the vegetables and fruits did finally appear in their garden, but Sweet Pea was rather reluctant to try them out. The carrots were all dirty, after all, and it just made more sense to eat the stuff you get from the supermarket. Then Papa said that he would just have to eat all the superfoods they had grown by himself. Sweet Pea stopped at that. Superfoods? What did they do? Would they make her Super Sweet Pea? She just couldn’t resist finding out for herself.

J.L. Humphreys’ Super Sweet Pea celebrates the close bond children enjoy with their grandfathers, while also introducing the concept of superfoods to young readers. Each of the fruits or vegetables Sweet Pea tries has benefits that make her indeed super and healthy to boot. I was especially impressed when Sweet Pea tried the garlic. The author includes a worksheet in the back of the book for young readers to include their own superfoods and what they’re good for. Susan Shorter’s illustrations are fun and make Sweet Pea’s super transformations feel real. Each panel is beautifully inked and filled with details. Super Sweet Pea is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Super Sweet Pea is a work of fiction written for children in the form of a picture book by author J. L. Humphreys with illustrations by artist Susan Shorter. A picture story with a positive message behind it, the book takes on the theme of nutrition and children’s typical reluctance to try new things. Our central character is the titular Sweet Pea, who at first refuses the fruits and vegetables from the family garden. But when she learns about the amazing qualities of the foods and what they can do for her health, Sweet Pea decides that a little dirt on her food is not so bad after all.

It’s always wonderful to see a book with an inspiring and positive message for its readers, and Super Sweet Pea does wonders for the idea of eating naturally and growing your own food. In an age of store-bought and plastic-wrapped goods, this book teaches a great deal about natural growth and nutrition whilst also being visually appealing and totally accessible and enjoyable in its narrative. Author J. L. Humphreys gives realism to the unsure dialogue of Sweet Pea at the story’s opening, echoing what many a child would say about a carrot straight out of the ground. The illustrations by Susan Shorter really make the food look colorful and appealing, whilst also portraying Sweet Pea’s Papa as an endearing voice of reason. Overall, Super Sweet Pea is an effective and enjoyable read for parents to engage with alongside their kids, and it teaches an important and valuable lesson.

Heather Stockard

Sweet Pea's papa has a big garden and he grows vegetables, lots and lots of vegetables. Sweet Pea loves her papa so she spends a lot of time helping him in the garden. As they watch the garden grow, Sweet Pea begins to wonder about all the food they've planted. Her papa tries to get her to try some of the delicious things they've grown when it's time to harvest, but Sweet Pea is nervous. The food she eats usually comes from the store. She doesn't want to eat food that's been lying on the ground. What if it's dirty? But then Sweet Pea's papa lets her in on the secret of superfoods. Come along with Sweet Pea as she learns about different foods and how they help her grow up big and strong.

Super Sweet Pea, by J.L. Humphreys, is a charming little children's book that encourages healthy eating and teaches kids all about fresh foods. The story is well written and the illustrations are colorful and adorable. Humpreys does a great job keeping the dialogue and story age-appropriate and engaging. He explains the benefits of different fruits and vegetables in a way that kids can understand and that will make them excited to try new foods. They will especially enjoy spotting the hungry little groundhog on each page. This book is the perfect read for picky young eaters and will help them understand the benefits of healthy foods. Parents and kids alike will appreciate the great story and cute illustrations.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Super Sweet Pea, a children’s picture book written by author J.L. Humphreys and illustrated by Susan Shorter, is a delightfully informative tale of what one little girl experiences while helping her grandfather in his garden. The narrative is very capable and draws you in with its believable dialogue and interactions between the little girl, Sweet Pea, and her grandfather. The illustrations by Susan Shorter are bright and effective, the pictures coming across as quite lively, making you want to interact with the story itself, perhaps even planting your own garden.

Super Sweet Pea, by J.L. Humphreys and illustrator Susan Shorter, took me back to a time when I was a kid and helping my own great-aunt in her garden. I feel that lately with grocery stores being on every corner, we tend to lose sight of how wonderful it is to produce food for yourself and others and to produce healthy food. I really loved that Super Sweet Pea embodied a visual sort of handbook of superfoods and what their purposes were, as well as took us on a journey of a child with an elder, as most of us can remember a time when we helped people in our family accomplish something. I feel this would be a great addition to children’s libraries at school, especially if they have their own gardening community. And a wonderful addition for anyone’s physical shelves at home, or their electronic “shelf”. Super Sweet Pea is a winner both aesthetically and intellectually.