I became a fan of Morag Hood after reading The Steves, a wonderful fun story about two Puffins both called Steve that captures the essence of the silly arguments children have in such a brilliant way. I was delighted to receive Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea and share “the story of an unlikely friendship between vegetables” with my children.
We are introduced to Lee who is a pea, and then to all of his friends, who are also peas. We also meet Lee’s friend Colin, who isn’t a pea because he’s too tall and very orange. The illustrations are bright and simple, and they work well to tell the story through pictures for young readers. So we learn how Colin can’t do all of the things that peas can do, but we also learn what Colin can do because he’s not a pea.
It’s a great story to share with your children to teach them how we can be friends even though we are all different. I love the way in which the story unfolds and the illustrations are so expressive despite their simplicity. You’ll have to read Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea to learn how the story ends, but I know you will love how the book opens up important conversations we should be having with our children about acceptance and embracing our differences and being unique in a world which now demands conformity.
Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea is available from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R120. It’s recommended for children aged three to six years. We received the board book edition of this story, a small book that is sturdy and so great for even little hands to hold.
You can also read my review of Aalfred and Aalbert, another great title from Morag Hood.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sharing this wonderful Morag Hood book with us.