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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    In a kingdom, long ago, lived a Princess and a Pig, also known a

    In a kingdom, long ago, lived a Princess and a Pig, also known as the protagonists of the story, The Princess and the Pig, by Jonathan
     Emmett. Possible Spoiler Alert: A farmer was traveling home, with a pig that he named Pigmella. He was underneath the shade of the
    castle. Above, the queen decided to name her baby Priscella. A stench came from the baby, and the queen dropped her off the side of
     the balcony. The baby landed in the farmer’s cart and shot Pigmella, the pig, flying up to the balcony. When the farmer came home, the
     baby was in the back of the cart; the farmer’s wife was very pleased with the farmer. Priscella became Pigmella, and Pigmella became
     Priscella. Later, the farmer and his wife found out that the baby and the pig had switched; so they returned her to the castle, but the king
     and queen refused to take her. Pigmella, the girl, went back to her home and married a shepherd, while Priscella, the pig, married a
     handsome prince.

    The theme of this book is that it’s okay to be different. There are many examples of this theme. The princess and the pig are very
     different. The princess lives in a castle, and the pig lives in a small house. The farmer and the queen are also different. The farmer is
     poor; he pulls his own cart. The queen is wealthy; she has seven nannies. Another example is the farmer’s wife and the queen. The
     farmer’s wife is sweet, loving, and caring. For example, when she finds the baby in the back of the cart, she loves her right away.
    Whereas the queen is selfish, unkind, and stuck-up. For example, she screams when her baby pooped itself, and she doesn’t take
     care of her baby by herself. In the end, the farmer, his wife, and Pigmella were happy. But, the queen, her husband, and Priscilla were
     not particularly happy.

    The illustrator is Poly Bernatene. The illustrations add to the text greatly. In the book,  The Princess and The Pig, Bernatene was able to
    make the words on each page come to life with her pictures. She uses a great amount of detail in each illustration, and she makes them
     very precise. In one of her pictures she showed Pigmella, the girl, sitting in the grass; she is holding a doll. But, she is surrounded by
     animals, birds and trees. From each leaf, to a facial expression, to each tiny piece of hay, Bernatene shows it all. She used a variety of
    colors and shapes. The illustrations show where the action takes place.

    This book has wonderful illustrations and is a beautifully written fiction book. The author did an excellent job describing in detail what
     was going on. He used creative words.  Some creative words that the author used that I thought were interesting: Pity, squelching,
     shriek, and christening. Those four words caught my eye when reading this picture book. I enjoyed the style that the illustrator used
     for the pictures, and the style of wording the author used. From my perspective, the book was made for 5-10 year olds, although some
     words might be challenging for some very young readers. This book was entertaining and fun to read, and I would recommend it to
     everyone.

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    Posted February 2, 2012

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