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Monday 1 June 2015

Review: Peas in a Pod

In the words of the brilliant Dr Seuss, ‘Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive, who is you-er than you!’ We want children to grow up celebrating their unique giftings and appreciating their individuality. But in a world bombarded with peer pressure; where we are told to dress the same, think the same and be the same, it's difficult for children (and even adults) to celebrate our wonderful differences. It's even harder when you're a twin, a triplet…or even a quintuplet.

Let me introduce you to Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg. Since birth, these five little sisters have looked the same. They’ve sat the same, eaten the same, slept the same and even cried the same.

Mum and Dad want to keep their adorable identical girls forever matching, like peas in a pod. But, as these little sisters grow, they discover they are not the same, in fact they are very different from each other.

Peas in a Pod is the latest children’s picture book from the dynamic duo- the double Ts; creators of the bestselling An Aussie Year and Tottie and Dot.

With strategically simple text, a dash of humour, stirred with stunning illustrations, blended together with the touching theme of identity and discovering what makes us all special… and wrapped up in a striking hot-pink cover… could there be a better recipe for a children's picture book?!

Peas in a Pod is a fresh look at the importance of celebrating individuality and encouraging children to shine for just being themselves. As these five little girls discover they have five very different and wonderfully individual personalities, they begin to celebrate their gifts and abilities, their likes and dislikes, their hobbies and their dreams.

Parents and children everywhere will be able to identify with this charming story, while parents and teachers will find this book a valuable resource. With vibrant yet simple text, Peas in a Pod is easy to follow and most 6-year-olds plus will relish the opportunity to read the story by themselves.

Tina Snerling’s adorable illustrations speak for themselves. Perfectly complemented with Tania McCartney’s highly entertaining storyline, this visually stunning package is sure to delight.

…And as Dr Seuss also says, ‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out’, Peas in a Pod is a standout, encouraging children to shine and is the perfect addition to every family bookshelf.

Title: Peas in a Pod
Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrator: Tina Snerling
Publisher: EK Books, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2015
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781921966712
For ages: 3-7
Type: Picture Book