FICTION

The Peculiar Pig

Nancy Paulsen Bks Penguin/. Jun. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399548871.
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PreS-Gr 1–One spring morning a mother pig with a new litter of piglets notices a peculiar addition to her brood. Without missing a beat, she brushes off the differences of the interloper, adding that “she loved her piglets all the same. To her, each one was special.” Young listeners will delight in pointing out that one of her piglets is, in fact, a puppy. They will join the other piglets in pointing out its peculiar habit of barking and digging with its paws instead of its snout. When a snake sneaks into the barnyard one day, the piglets realize that having a guard dog as a sibling has its advantages. The adorable pink and black piglets and cartoon illustrations of farm life are the perfect setting for discussing adoption and being different with the very young.
VERDICT A fun read-aloud with a sweet and positive message.

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