Whatever After: Two Peas in a Pod

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Whatever After: Two Peas in a PodWhat the Book is About:

Abby and her kid brother, Jonah, enter a fairy-tale world through a mirror in their basement, right into a fractured version of the Princess and the Pea. When the Kingdom of Bog anoints Abby as its new princess, she decides to run a contest to find her strongest, bravest and kindest successor. This adorable addition to the New York Times-bestselling Whatever After series will entertain and empower young fairytale fans with its fresh, modern view of princesses.

Jewish Content and Values

Abby’s princess contest is inspired by the story of Purim, when King Ahasuerus searches for a replacement for Queen Vashti and marries the courageous Queen Esther. Other mentions of Purim include a carnival organized by Abby for Hebrew school and a recipe for hamantashen (filled triangular cookies traditionally eaten on Purim) at the end of the book.

Positive Role Models

Initially, Abby roots for Wendy to win the contest, never imagining that Belly, a maid, could make it as a princess. She also judges Tulip as unworthy, even though she passes the tests with flying colors. Abby eventually learns not to underestimate people because of their external qualities. 

Content Advisory

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Talk it Over

Laurence thinks that the new princess of Bog needs to be beautiful and delicate; Abby is sure that she should be brave, strong, smart, loyal and kind. What do you think is the most important quality necessary to rule over a kingdom?

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“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.

Queen Esther was a courageous young woman who became the Queen of Persia in 480BC by marrying King Ahasuerus. As queen, she was the right woman in the right place at the right time, and saved the Jews of Persia from an evil plot masterminded by Haman, the king’s advisor. Her inspiring story has been canonized as one of the five scrolls in the Bible. The Book of Esther is read every Purim before Jewish congregations all over the world. 

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