Carrot & Pea: an unlikely friendship is one of those incredibly sweet (not saccharine) picture books we could use to talk about tolerance and acceptance, how all of us have something to add to the world, no matter how different we look or seem to be. And that is exactly what I thought when I read it last night.
And then I woke up this morning, wondering. Why is the carrot a rectangular carrot stick and not a carrot with greens on top? Or is it a carrot that’s been processed? And all the peas are out of their pods, right? So maybe these peas and carrots are in a vegetable processing plant, which makes the absence of other carrots suspicious. Why is this carrot the only one? What has happened to all of the other carrots? Has there been some kind of epic disappearance? A plague on carrots alone?
Ok, so maybe I think ridiculous things when I first wake up. When I told my son about it, he said, “Well, obviously they’re all in a bag of frozen peas and carrots, and some human has eaten all the carrots but just can’t stand peas. The carrot that’s left was just missed in the massacre.”
Well, at least I’m not the only one in the house with an imagination.
Read this one, though. It’s a treat, as long as you can handle the suspense and sinking feeling that something is not quite right in Pealand. Kidding. Really.
Carrot & Pea: an unlikely friendship by Morag Hood