Amy Krouse Rosenthal Little Pea Craft

The late children’s author Amy Krouse Rosenthal is most recently known for her heartbreaking essay in The New York Times titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” Before this beautifully written work went viral, Amy Krouse Rosenthal was loved by children everywhere as the creator of funny and relatable children’s books like Little Hoot (in which an owl wants to go to bed early but his parents want him to stay up late) or Duck, Rabbit (where a rather ambiguous illustration is described as both a duck and a rabbit by two disagreeing young narrators).

Mrs. Krouse Rosenthal passed away on March 13, 2017 from ovarian cancer. Thankfully, her spirit will live on through her books, which children can enjoy for many generations. Children and parents can spend time together sharing Amy’s books and completing the craft below that was inspired by Little Pea—a picture book about a young pea who grudgingly finishes his dinner of candy in order to enjoy his spinach dessert.

Storytime at Hightstown Library with Little Pea craft

Craft Supplies:
  • A paper plate with a hole/slit cut in the middle
  • Template of the Little Pea puppet (PDF document)
  • A quarter of a paper towel tube
  • Popsicle stick
  • 2 pipe cleaners, any color, measuring 6” in length
  • Tissue paper, any color, measuring approximately 12” x 5”
  • Green tissue or construction paper cut or ripped in pieces
  • Markers/crayons

1. Color both the “happy” and “sad” Little Pea puppets and glue to popsicle stick
2. Glue the large rectangle of tissue paper around the paper towel tube and wrap a pipe cleaner on either side to create the candy
3. Glue candy to one side of the plate
4. Glue green tissue or construction paper “spinach” on the other side of the plate
5. Insert Little Pea puppet into slit and create your own stories!
Craft Pix
More books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal that are sure to make the little ones in your life smile:

More books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

—Miss Liz Hightstown Memorial Branch


  1. I just love this story and this craft is so original and fun!


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