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PEA POD BABIES by Karen Baicker


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Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-59354-003-5

Clearly aimed at multiple birth siblings, this comical tale reminds readers that just because babies, peapod or otherwise, look the same does not mean they are the same. Baicker weaves a fanciful tale about a trio of tots who grow in a garden, “Beyond the bluebells and the beans / hidden deep within the greens.” In this wondrous place, three little cherubs are cosseted by the local inhabitants. However, these pint-sized pixies chafe against being lumped together in a group, thus inspiring a series of individual adventures tailored to their unique personalities. Baicker’s playful verses have a jaunty rhythm, that, when paired with prose liberally spiced with silly word play and sing-song rhymes, is neatly suited for read-aloud sessions. Williams’s trademark soft-hued watercolors are steadfastly adorable. Beguiling views of a classic country garden are dotted with humorous, fanciful images, e.g., the neighbor ladies are actually a consortium of amiable vegetation, the triplet’s mother is an enchanting flower/vine combination, etc. Baicker’s tale will resonate with all youngsters, addressing their need to be recognized for their individuality. (Picture book. 2-6)