Pig Tales

Can You Make a Piggy Giggle?

A young boy is challenged to make a grumpy pig laugh. His various antics-reading riddles, bowing a fiddle, and playing in the mud-cause first a chick, then a calf, then a duck, and then a host of other farm animals to laugh, but the swine never cracks a smile. JE Fic Ash

Suggested for ages 3 - 6

Mary Raynor

This family of pigs form a musical band, but soon realize they need help with the larger instruments. So, the Pigs advertise for a sousaphone player. Readers will become suspicious far sooner than do the musicians when a hairy, long-nosed creature who hides behind her instrument case offers to play for free. JE Fic Ray

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

Margaret Wild

A lost piglet is looking for her mother. She encounters other barnyard animals who try to make her feel better by suggesting, in turn, that they cuddle, make daisy chains, play chase, roll in the mud, dance in the daffodils, and snooze in the sun. But piglet wants her own mother and cries out with a loud "Oiiiiiink!" Her mother answers her cry and together they have a cuddle, make daisy chains, etc. JE Fic Wil

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

Margaret Wild

Piglet feels a little insecure. She has upset her papa. Does that mean he no longer loves her? Horse, Sheep, Donkey, Duck, and Dog all tell her that they love her—but they know someone who loves her a million times more! Who can it be? JE Wil

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

Nancy Tafuri

In an easy question-and-answer format, children are asked to identify various animals from various portions of their anatomy, such as, 'What has a bill?' JE Fic Taf

Suggested for ages 2 - 6

Eileen Christelow

When Bert and Ethel's pigs escape from the back of their truck, they head to Florida to find them. JE Fic Chr

Suggested for ages 5 - 7

Paul Brett Johnson

George the pig, a friend of Gertrude the flying cow,tries to do the same but with less success. JE Fic Joh

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

Steven Kellogg (reteller and illustrator)

In this inventive retelling, the Sow family sells waffles to make a living. Trouble comes when Tempesto, the big bad wolf, is not hungry for waffles, but wants ham, bacon, and sausage! Kellogg brings a happy end to the story and leaves us hungry for waffles ourselves. JE Fic Kel

Holly Hobbie

Puddle is having a difficult time shopping for the right birthday gift for his best friend. He wants to give his pal something special and out of the ordinary. Then he comes across a present that he thinks will be perfect...or will it? JE Fic Hob

Suggested for ages 4 - 8