Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog

Overview

When gritty pig farmer Desert Rose finds a gold nugget, just a-lyin? there in the mud, she decides to buy herself the biggest, fattest hog she can find. But getting that highfalutin hog home in time for the Laredo state fair proves to be more than Rose bargained for. When a cold-hearted coyote, persnickety snake, lethargic Texas longhorn, and a whole host of other southern varmints prove to be unhelpful, Rose must pair up with a shrewd armadillo to get every animal over the ...

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Overview

When gritty pig farmer Desert Rose finds a gold nugget, just a-lyin’ there in the mud, she decides to buy herself the biggest, fattest hog she can find. But getting that highfalutin hog home in time for the Laredo state fair proves to be more than Rose bargained for. When a cold-hearted coyote, persnickety snake, lethargic Texas longhorn, and a whole host of other southern varmints prove to be unhelpful, Rose must pair up with a shrewd armadillo to get every animal over the river and off to Laredo in time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Out in Texas, there lived a pig farmer by the name of Desert Rose. One hot day, as she was mucking the pig sty, she came across a gold nugget in the mud. With that gold nugget, she went to town and bought the largest pig to take to the state fair; however, her luck runs a little dry. To quickly get the hog to the state fair in Laredo, Desert Rose has to take a short cut across the creek. Her hog will not step in the water to cross the creek. The hog has other ideas and just settles down on the creek's bank. Desert Rose has to come up with a plan or she will miss the fair. Read the book to find out what it takes to get the highfalutin hog to the fair. Comical illustrations of different critters fill the pages of this cumulative tale. Desert Rose's numerous phrases, from "hot butter beans" to "pickle my pistols" may even tickle your funny bone. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Desert Rose is a Texas pig farmer who finds a gold nugget and uses it to buy a big, fat hog with freckles and a thatch of red hair. Sure that he will win first prize at the state fair in Laredo, they take a shortcut. The highfalutin hog will neither set hoof in the creek nor drink up the water. Rose looks for help, thus beginning a cumulative tale that includes a coldhearted coyote, a persnickety snake, a contrary cowboy, his bothersome bronco, a lethargic longhorn, and an armadillo with attitude. When Rose promises a tasty reward, the armadillo springs into action, beginning a chain of events that gets the porker to the fair on time. He wins first prize, and Rose—as promised—gives the armadillo 200 pounds of ants, beetles, and grubs. (Rose and her hog never use that shortcut again.) The cartoon style of the acrylic illustrations accentuates the alliterative text. Youngsters will laugh out loud as Rose exclaims, "Starch my stirrups!" and "Pickle my pistols!" Like Nonny Hogrogian's One Fine Day(S & S, 1971), this tale gives an unlikely group of characters the chance to set things right, and its over-the-top telling makes it a surefire hit for storytime.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802798336
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 952,024
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ALISON JACKSON has been a children’s librarian for twenty-five years, in both California and Florida. Her books The Ballad of Valentine was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Florida.

www.alison-jackson.com

KEITH GRAVES is the author and illustrator of Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance and Three Nasty Gnarlies, among others. He lives in Texas.

www.keithgravesart.com

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