Edamame beans may not be what you first think of when you want to explore themes of turn taking, resilience and empathy, but bear with me – you might find yourself as pleasantly surprised as I was.
Ping and Pong, the aforementioned edamame beans, were born on the same day, and share the dream of becoming world champion table tennis players. With hard work and perseverance, they achieve their goal, but then decided they need to go one further – which one of them is the best?
Of course, when someone has to be the winner, someone has to be the loser, and feelings get hurt. This is not the end of the story, of course …
With vibrant, engaging illustrations, my class of 5-7 year olds enjoyed the story, and were able to see the lessons in it. This isn’t a hard-hitting moralising story, quite light in fact, but it’s always a good thing when young children can see to the heart of a story.
Recommended for 4-8 year olds who are learning to take turns and mind other people’s feelings.
Reviewed by Rachel Moore
Ping vs Pong
by Mauro Gatti
Published by Flying Eye Books