‘But I hate spinach!’ Philip is in a strop because he’s been told to eat up his greens before getting any pudding. ‘It’s stupid! It’s not my fault that I don’t like spinach. What am I supposed to do about it?’
His twin sister Phoebe is noticeably unsympathetic. ‘That’s simple, Philip. Just eat it anyway. You’ll grow to like it in time if you do. Anyway, it’s good for you. You ought to like what’s good for you.’
Philip glares at her, unable to decide whether he hates spinach or sisters more. ‘That’s nonsense. It’s my genes or something. I’m programmed not to like spinach, and that’s that. Look at it, anyway.’ He prods the offending vegetable, which squidges in an unattractive manner. ‘What a horrible, slimy green colour!’
Phoebe munches her delicious apple crumble thoughtfully. ‘I wonder if he’s right?’ she muses. ‘Can I change what I do or don’t like? Or is that just fixed in me by my genes and upbringing? Mmm. Perhaps I’d better ask the readers. They’re sure to have some good ideas.’
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Can you help Phoebe out? Can you tell Philip how he can grow to like spinach?
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