Pea Pod Lullaby is a truly captivating read. Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King have produced a very touching, beautifully presented book, filled with the most delicate illustrations.
From the moment you open this book, each page is utilised to tell you the story for all to observe but for everyones ears to appreciate the lullaby.
A sweet note at the beginning of the book reminds you that “I am the lullaby, you are the melody, sing me.” I did just that. I opened this book for the first time with my girls and I sung the words gently. My daughters were absorbed.
Before the lullaby begins you discover through the illustrations that a woman and her family are leaving a war torn area. They jump aboard the little green boat and then Glenda Millard’s words begin.
“I am the small green pea, you are the tender pod, hold me.”
The imagery begins clear, perfect for my eldest, a three year old.
As the lullaby continues and you observe the pretty blue water tones you see a polar bear seeking the familys help. They are obliging and welcome the polar bear aboard. The bear appears to be on a fridge in the water, representative of taking more care of our planet and water.
The journey continues for the family and along the way the polar bear is reunited with its babies.
The words in the lullaby represents love, not only for each other but also for animals and for the world we live in. The small boat shown throughout the book has room for a little family, a polar bear and a dog. Everyone on this boat helps each other, signifying that we can all get along. A message of hope.
The family do finally reach a different destination and the words “welcome me” ring so true.
For some three year olds the vocabulary and imagery in parts may be too mature. However, this is a book that will be appreciated by many ages and one I hope will grow with my daughters as the message of this story is so beautiful.
I found this to be an emotional but delightful book to read. It raisies many questions and is put together so well. Even the feel of the pages feel so right. This book would make a great read to explore within school settings. It would also make a gorgeous gift.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publishers and Toppsta however, all opinions are my own.