Sweet Pickles

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A Sweet Pickles book

Sweet Pickles is a series of 40 children's books by Ruth Lerner Perle, Jacquelyn Reinach, and Richard Hefter and published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston, having sold over 50 million copies.[1] The books are set in the fictional town of Sweet Pickles and are about anthropomorphic animals with different personalities and behavior. There are 26 animals—one for each letter of the alphabet. The books were published in 1977 and went out of print in the mid-1990s. The authors also created Stickybear and the Strawberry Library.

The series' name is a pun; in each book, the main character gets into a "pickle" (a difficult situation) because of an all-too human personality trait. The front endpapers of the books portrayed the 26 characters, and the back endpapers portrayed a map of the town.

The books were advertised with television commercials and a catchy jingle. There also existed a similar series, The Alphapets, on which Ruth Lerner Perle collaborated in the early 1990s. Some[who?] speculate that the reason the series was retired was because despite that it was an alphabet series with one book for each letter of the alphabet, the books did not teach the alphabet like the alphabet series of today which feature words throughout the story beginning with the respective letter.

The Sweet Pickles books were read in various episodes of the CBS television series Captain Kangaroo.

In 2012, the brand celebrated its 35th anniversary and the books are being re-released as digitally enhanced E-Books. Professional sound effects, narration and character voices performed by award-winning voice actors have been added to the books to create a fun and engaging reading experience for the whole family. The first 26 Books (A-Z) will be available at all major E-Retailers by Summer 2012. The E-Books were developed by Bento Box Interactive. Bento Box Interactive is a spin-off company of Bento Box Entertainment. [2][3]

Characters[edit]

These people living in the town of Sweet Pickles are 26 animals, with their names beginning with each letter of the alphabet.

Books in the series[edit]

Sweet Pickles is a fictional town with animal residents, whose misadventures impart basic values, ethics and social skills to children. A variety of techniques are employed in the series, such as comedy, music, story-telling, and active play. There was one book for each of the 26 Sweet Pickles characters, each representing a letter of the alphabet:

A poster and a plastic book case (which included a personalized decal set) was included with the subscription.

Additional Weekly Reader books[edit]

There were also 14 additional Weekly Reader books:

Avon Books and products[edit]

Related items and books[edit]

  1. "Sweet Pickles Theme Song" - Pop 26
  2. "What a Wonderful Town This Could Be" - Outraged Octopus
  3. "Lion Looks at Love" - Loving Lion
  4. "I Do It Too" - Imitating Iguana
  5. "Responsible Rabbit Rag" - Responsible Rabbit
  6. "I'll Do It Tomorrow" - Goof-Off Goose
  7. "Havin' Fun" - Zany Zebra
  8. "Isn't It Sweet to Eat?" - Enormous Elephant
  9. "Bashful Bare Blues" - Bashful Bear
  10. "Tantrum" - Temper Tantrum Turtle
  11. "If I Could Make Up My Mind" - Questioning Quail
  12. "Stork Spills the Beans" - Smarty Stork
  13. "Not Allowed" - X-Rating Xerus
  14. "Haw, Haw, I'm Only Kidding" - Kidding Kangaroo
  15. "I'm Gorgeous" - Vain Vulture
  16. "I Am Clever" - Clever Camel
  17. "I'm Moody Moose" - Moody Moose
  18. "I'm Nasty Nightingale" - Nasty Nightingale
  19. "Health is Very Healthy for You" - Healthy Hippo
  20. "It's Your Fault" - Accusing Alligator
  21. "Do the Yakety Yak" - Yakety Yak
  22. "When the Tough Gets Tough" - Fearless Fish
  23. "That's Something to Worry About" - Worried Walrus
  24. "Whatever can Go Right, Will" - Positive Pig
  25. "Down in the Dumps Again" - Doubtful Dog
  26. "It's Not Fair" - Jealous Jackal
  27. "Another Birthday" - Unique Unicorn
  28. "Sweet Pickles Theme Song (Reprise)" - Pop 26

First Cassette - Responsible Rabbit Rag including these songs:

  1. "Sweet Pickles Theme Song" - Pop 26
  2. "Responsible Rabbit Rag" -Responsible Rabbit
  3. "Tomorrow" - Goof-Off Goose
  4. "That's Something to Worry About" - Worried Walrus
  5. "Whatever Can Go Right Will" - Positive Pig
  6. "Taaaantrum" - Temper Tantrum Turtle
  7. "Isn't It Sweet to Eat?" - Enormous Elelphant
  8. "Havin' Fun" - Zany Zebra
  9. "If Only I Could Make Up My Mind" - Questioning Quail
  10. "Stork Spills the Beans" - Smarty Stork
  11. "Not Allowed" - X-Rating Xerus
  12. "Haw, Haw, I'm Only Kidding" - Kidding Kangaroo
  13. "I'm Gorgeous" - Vain Vulture
  14. "Sweet Pickles Theme Song" (reprise)- Pop 26

2nd Cassette - Bashful Bear Blues including these songs:

  1. "What a Wonderful Town This Could Be" - Outraged Octopus
  2. "Lion Looks at Love" - Loving Lion
  3. "Bashful Bare Blues" - Bashful Bear
  4. "I Am Clever" - Clever Camel
  5. "I'm Moody Moose" - Moody Moose
  6. "I'm Nasty Nightingale" - Nasty Nightingale
  7. "It's Your Fault" - Accusing Alligator
  8. "When the Tough Gets Tough" - Fearless Fish
  9. "Down in the Dumps Again" - Doubtful Dog
  10. "It's Not Fair" - Jealous Jackal
  11. "Another Birthday" - Unique Unicorn
  12. "Sweet Pickles Theme Song (Reprise)" - Pop 26

Advertising jingle[edit]

Sweet Pickles books were advertised on television as a subscription-type sale format. The ads' jingle was played at least twice during the commercial.

Smart moms know
How kids' minds grow
Upon Sweet Pickles

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Weisman, Jon [1], "Variety", May 2, 2011, accessed June 17, 2011
  2. ^ http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/11/4553680/classic-sweet-pickles-books-now.html
  3. ^ http://technorati.com/entertainment/article/welcome-back-to-the-town-of/
  4. ^ Xerus is a genus of African ground squirrel, often used to supply an animal beginning with "X".