Lara has recently discovered Peppa Pig and, like 99% of toddlers, is totally obsessed with the little pink grunting creature, muddy puddles and all!
I must admit we did try to resist getting involved with PP because I didn't like the general bossiness and whining tone, hardly a great example to toddlers! We managed just over two years with no awareness of the phenomenon, but Lara has more than made up for that in recent weeks.
However, I must admit the programme's not quite as damaging as I had feared, and I have been particularly impressed with this book, a new addition to the children's library. Just as well really, because I have had to read it a minimum of a dozen times a day since it arrived.
There's a really positive feminist slant to how Mummy Pig is represented here, showing her working at home, not in the kitchen as you might expect, but on the computer; and she is described as being determined to do things, especially if people [men] say she can't.
There is also a gentle parenting slant, with Mummy Pig joining in with the children's games; resisting getting cross when her children are just being children; and treating them as whole people, not just as 'kids'.
I must say, all in all, I am very impressed with this book, especially as I really didn't expect it to represent such a positive role model for my girls. Peppa Pig, you have me converted!