Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Peas in a Pod - A book review

This charming children's book brings the important message of being an individual to life. Told through the quintuplet characters, Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg, it demonstrates how we learn to think for ourselves, express ourselves, and ultimately be ourselves.

TITLE: Peas in a pod
Suitable for: ages 3-7
AUTHOR: Tania McCartney
ISBN: 978-1-921966-71-2
Published by: EK Books
Release date: 29/6/15
Price: £7.95

When I gave birth to a second daughter, I was amazed how different she looked to my first. Even then I imagined the girls would be clones of each other personality wise. How wrong was I? They've grown to be chalk and cheese. Thankfully - life is never dull! Peas in a pod is a book which sums that individuality up brilliantly, reinforcing the message that we are all unique and it is okay to be different.

As well as a great story, with super illustrations (by the talented Tina Snerling), I've found Peas in a Pod to be really helpful when it comes to explaining to Esme Grace (my sometimes studious 6YO), that her sister Sofia Faith (my always cheeky 3YO) is her own person.

Whether it be because Fia has a mind of her own, and does not always want to do as Esme, her parents, anyone says, or because Fia likes scary films - Finding Nemo!! and wants to watch them (while Esme -too afraid - does not want her to), there have been all manner of scenarios and questions that I've been able to address using the underlying message of this book.

We meet five sisters who have always done everything the same, and that no longer want to do so. They want to break the mould and let their true personalities shine - because they all think differently.

Peas in a Pod follows the little girls growing up, as they each try to find their own unique character, while causing all sorts of mischief and mayhem along the way. Will their parents be able to keep them all the same - or will the girls win their battle to be different?

Subtle enough to be a gentle story for 3YO's, and dynamic enough to capture the imagination of 7YO's, the text is simple yet clever. Perhaps the illustrations even more so. 

I love this fun-filled story and how it combines exquisite illustrations with a text full of humour to gently guide children towards being true to themselves.

I also love how the end of the tale brings the message full circle; back to the fact, that as much as it is okay to be different, sometimes, it is also very much okay to be the same.

Emma Oliver and the GraceFaith girls received a copy of PEAS IN A POD in exchange for a review on the parenting/lifestyle blog LIFE AS IT IS.

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