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August 10, 2016
Recently I found myself at home, in front of the TV, pigging out on snacks. With another handful of chip inches from my mouth, I stopped to wonder, “Why not pig out on some great books instead?”
I didn’t let my porcine thoughts end there!
Rather than pig out on just any books, I thought, “Why not pig out on books about pigs?” Pigs are fun and cute, amusing and energetic—from the oinks they squeal down to their little twisted tails! They make great characters to enrich the plumpest of plots.
Here’s my list of pig books worthy of pigging out with:
Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson: A comical rhyming story about bath time and counting to 10. This is a great book for some read-aloud fun.
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond: After feeding a hungry little pig some pancakes and syrup, a little girl soon discovers the consequences of doing so…and adventure ensues.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith: Every story has two sides, and we all know the story of our favorite three little piggy siblings. But now it’s time for the wolf to tell us his side of what “really” happened…and according to him, it’s all about a cup of sugar and a sneeze! Be sure to look closely at the Caldecott Honor Award–winning illustrations for some additional insights into the wolf’s behavior!
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White: Wilbur, the runt of the piggy litter, is spared from death once and moves to the Zuckerman farm, where in due time he will be prepared as dinner! Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who protects him from becoming the farmer’s next meal and teaches him the importance of self-confidence and pride. A pig-time classic.
Animal Farm by George Orwell: One night on the farm, the animals hold an assembly where a wise old pig describes a dream he has: Animals are able to live without oppression from humans. The farm animals soon plot against the farmer, and two new pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, rise to power. They establish a set of rules and regulations on Animal Farm, but the animals’ rules begin to blur after they become power hungry. Are all animals truly created equal, or are some superior to others? Find out in this classic allegorical novel.
What books would you add to the list? Do you have any other favorite pig tales?
About the Author: Steph Esteves is no stranger to pigs! When he was growing up, every summer he would spend time at his grandma’s farm, where she usually had two or three pigs. His favorite food is bacon cheeseburgers and his preferred snack is pork rinds.
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