Peas in a Pod
written by Tania McCartney; illustrated by Tina Snerling
2015 (EK Books)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Then, one fine day, everything changed.
You can't go wrong with cute quintuplets. Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg are definitely charming at first. Everything is the same. The outfits, the sleeping, the eating, etc. But there comes a time when matching shirts lose their adorableness. The quints start to find that being different can be refreshing. One wears a tiara while another prefers a crash helmet. Unfortunately, things go a little too far off the beaten path so mom and dad bring back the sense of sameness that brought order before. On the surface, there is harmony, but the quints are simmering underneath. A gentle rebellion is not far behind. A little hairspray, some gel and a pair of scissors bring about a variety of hairstyles. Mixing up the matching outfits takes care of the clothing. When accessorizing departs from the norm, it is quint chaos but in a good way.
I ask students to put their heads down and close their eyes when we vote on something. Why? Second graders are obsessed with being part of the "winning team" and may not express their true intentions. How often do we celebrate our differences in elementary classrooms? Peas in a Pod will help students understand that being yourself is a good thing. In addition, the artwork will be a big selling point. My ten year old daughter has mentioned twice about how this is a cute book. I think a fun craft could be conjured in conjunction with this book.
Reading Peas in a Pod will have you and your class saying Vive Le Difference!