Petunia Pepper’s Picture Day
By Cathy Breisacher
Poor Petunia Pepper! Every year, disaster strikes on her school picture day. Puffy hair, pumpkin-style smiles and pink eye help her take pictures that only her family could love. But this year, Petunia promises herself things are going to change. She carefully plans for the perfect picture day. But when she misses the school bus, a series of misadventures begins that leads to yet another picture day fiasco. Will Petunia’s perfect picture be ruined, or will she finally take a picture everybody in her class will love?
The story also features a “Time Out for God’s Word” page that parents and teachers can use to reinforce the biblical foundation of the story with children. Kids are reminded how much God loves them, just the way they are, by focusing on the following scriptures: ” For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14 NIV ” See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:16 NIV ” Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8 NIV ” For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV
This Blonde’s Review:
This story was very sweet and very easy for my children to follow along to. My son, who is learning to read, was even attempting to read some of the pages. It does have the Time Out for God’s Word page, but if you aren’t a believer in God you can choose to skip the scriptures and tell your child the moral of the story on your own. This story is about Petunia, who has a catastrophy every year on picture day. That means she does not like any of her school pictures and she is determined that this year will be the Perfect picture day.
True to expectations, Petunia meets disaster. Again. She is very upset about having another ruined picture day. Until the next morning when she sees that she had a Different kind of picture day and ended up in the newspaper. She realizes that what she looks like doesn’t matter, nor does the specific day. She learns that every day is a day to be important and be loved.
The book was illustrated by Christian Elden. I Loved the illustrations and so did my children. They laughed and exclaimed over every page. Even if the story fell flat we’d have still enjoyed looking through the book.
Luckily we loved the story and the pictures. We’ll have to pick up a hard copy for our own soon.