Peas in a Pod

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Peas in a Pod
Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
EK Books
Let me introduce these quintuplets  …

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Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg: aren’t they poppets? Right from birth, they’ve done everything the same, eaten the same meals, slept and even sat in the same way; as the title says, veritable Peas in a Pod.
Then things begin to change, the youngsters start to assert their own individuality – each and every one of them. That way lies chaos – for their parents at least who like things just so.

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But as we know and the Seuss poster in the entrance of one of the schools I visit reminds us, “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive, who is you-er than you!’ And surely any adult who really thought about things would want children to develop in their own special unique way, …with their own individual personalities, pursuing their own interests and nurturing and developing their own talents and skills: their identity no less.
That is exactly what these five girls do wholeheartedly when they seize the reins…

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Hooray for the five in this story who, thus far are managing to eschew peer pressure to dress the same as everyone else, have the same as others, even sadly, think the same as others, …

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Long live independent thinking and individualism, say I. Perhaps these girls haven’t quite got it cracked yet though…

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Fantastic fun and who can resist the charms of the fabulous five with their frizzy hair and fanciful ideas.
Not a word is wasted in Tania McCartney’s punchy text, and it’s perfectly complemented by Tina Snerling’s adorable artistry: it’s bold, bright and an absolute delight.
I could go on at length about the possibilities this book offers for creative work, particulary using printing techniques but for now, just share it and let the story (and discussion) do its work.

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