When I was growing up, Peeps, those glorious, fluffy, sugar-coated marshmallow confections, were only sold for a few short weeks before Easter--AND they only came in two basic colors, yellow and pink-- AND one basic shape, the blob of a chick.
A glorious rainbow of original Peeps
Now, of course, they are sold year-round, with shapes associated with every conceivable holiday (although I have yet to see them shaped like flags for 4th of July) and in myriad colors and flavors. And they have become the stars of numerous tableau contests sponsored by newspapers. When I was a wee child, I never saw one in a library. But apparently, 21st Century Peeps are tech-savvy, information-hungry researchers who know their way around a PAC catalog, online databases and the Internet. Don't believe me? Take a look at this.
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