Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Morag Hood
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Lee and Colin are best friends, but Lee is a pea and Colin is a carrot. All of Lee’s other friends are peas and can roll, bounce, and blend in together. But Colin is tall and orange and he can’t do any of the things the other peas can. But, Colin makes an excellent tower, bridge, and slide! Lee and the other peas love Colin just the way he is!
Carrot and Pea is a cute story about accepting your friends for who they are, even if they are very different from you. Lee and the other peas have their talents and Colin has his own special gifts too. This book gives a positive message of seeing each other’s differences as strengths rather than weaknesses. By not separating themselves for their differences, the peas and Colin are able to be good friends. Children can learn from this simple message as they grow up in and interact with a very diverse world.