Hood, Morag Carrot & Pea: An Unlikely Friendship. PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. $16.99. Content: G.
Lee is pea and Colin is a carrot. They are nothing alike and so many of the things Lee and his friends can do--like roll or bounce--Colin cannot do. He is nothing like Lee and all his other pea friends, but that does not matter. Lee and Colin like each other not in spite of, but because of, their differences.
There is so much heart to this simple picture book. The message of appreciating our differences and being friends with those who are not exactly like us is wonderful and easily applicable in a variety of classroom settings. I liked that the author did not muddy the waters of her message and story with anything fancy; its literally just a bunch of peas and a carrot and some simple text. And yet its a beautiful book I think should be in every school library and read often. The book will appeal most to younger elementary students, but I think it would be a good book for use in classrooms all the way up to high school.
Pre-K, EL (K-3), EL--ESSENTIAL, MS, HS--ADVISABLE. Reviewer: TC