Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael King
Published by Allen & Unwin
Date: 23 August 2017
Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King have beautifully written an inspiring story, their collaboration perfectly melded together to create what I believe is a must have on everyone’s shelves. This is a book that had me close to tears at the message that it speaks. It will have your school aged child thinking and talking about its meaning, and for the younger child it is a lullaby that whispers words of comfort and grace. The illustrations will captivate both young and old eyes.
It wasn’t until I looked through the book for a second time and read it more slowly, taking the story in that I found myself crying just a little, getting its true meaning. The title page shows a mamma and her two children fleeing from war and the book follows their journey as they arrive in a safe place. This book – the lullaby, is very poetic with words that talk about being one, together, protected and a shining jewel.
This book could have a different meaning to everyone, whether you take it in its literal sense or whether it relates to you in a different way. The Lullaby softly sings a message of hope that comes from the inner depths of ones being, a level some of us have never had to reach. I know I am talking about this on a deep level but that is how the experience was for me. It still is a children’s picture book and when reading it to a child its intensity is still at a level they will understand. There are few words and the illustrations are engaging which make it both the perfect one on one and group read.
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for giving me the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.