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Watermelon was little Pip's favourite food in the whole world. And she didn't like to share it with anyone. But when the watermelon supply ran out, Pip had to learn to improvise and to share the fruits of her labour! An utterly gorgeous kids' book about sustainability and sharing.
Written by Sharna Carterand illustrated by Stella Mongodi
Themes: Sustainable Food Production, Home Growing, Waste
An excerpt from the story
Watermelon was Pip’s favourite food in the whole wide world. She loved its bright pink colour.
She loved the taste of its sweet, crunchy flesh. She loved that it had its very own handle when cut into triangles.
Pip loved watermelon so much she kept it all to herself. There wasn’t enough for her classmates.
There wasn’t enough for her very best friend, Indie. And there definitely wasn’t enough for her brother, Luca.
Pip sat on her tyre swing thinking about all of the watermelon she had wasted and how on days like this she loved spitting those little seeds over the fence.
Pip ran to the fence, peered over and saw...
A garden of watermelons!
Pip rushed inside and began to devour her watermelon. But instead of happiness she had that sinking feeling in her tummy.
Pip knew what she had to do.
She harvested all of the watermelons and delivered the biggest one to her classmates. She found Indie and gave her the perfect triangle. Then she chopped some cubes for Luca.
Word quickly spread about Pip’s watermelons.
They were the pinkest, sweetest, crunchiest watermelons anyone had ever tasted.
From the author, Sharna Carter: why do we need a kids’ book about sustainability?
It's so easy for our little ones to develop behaviours of over-consumption these days. After all, there is a whole world of material things at their fingertips, literally just a button-click away. It's so easy to buy something here and throw it away there, all without thinking about the consequences.
But what if we taught the joys of becoming self-sufficient? What if we could encourage our little tots to grow their own juicy fruits? And, even more, what if we could inspire them to share with others and relish in the feeling of generosity?
I think we can all do this. And that's why I wrote Watermelon Pip, a story I'm deeply proud of, and a truly gorgeous introduction to sharing and sustainability for the world's children.