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Emmett really wanted a pig — not a stuffed pig, or a glass pig, or a picture of a pig. He wanted a real pig. His parents explained that a boy couldn't keep a pig in a city apartment. But as Emmett's birthday drew near, he felt maybe he would get the pig of his dreams.

First published as An I Can Read Book in 1959, Mary Stolz's warm story is presented here in picture-book ...

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Emmett really wanted a pig — not a stuffed pig, or a glass pig, or a picture of a pig. He wanted a real pig. His parents explained that a boy couldn't keep a pig in a city apartment. But as Emmett's birthday drew near, he felt maybe he would get the pig of his dreams.

First published as An I Can Read Book in 1959, Mary Stolz's warm story is presented here in picture-book format with Garth Williams's illustrations fully colorized by renowned artist Rosemary Wells.

Author Biography: Mary Stolz is a distinguished author whose works range from picture books to young-adult novels. Her most popular books include the adventures of Grandfather and Thomas: Storm in the Night, Go Fish, Stealing Home, and Coco Grimes. Ms. Stolz's books have been published in nearly thirty languages. Among her many awards are two Newbery Honors, for Belling the Tiger and The Noonday Friends. She is also the recipient of the George C. Stone Center for Children's Books 1982 Recognition of Merit Award and the 1993 Kerlan Award honoring the entire body of her work. Ms. Stolz lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Emmett loves pigs, but when his parents refuse to move to a farm or let him raise a pig in their apartment, he runs out of ideas.

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Mary Stolz's Emmett's Pig (1959), illus. by Garth Williams, part of the I Can Read Book series, now appears with the addition of Rosemary Wells's watercolor wash in gently muted hues. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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It really is hard to believe that this story is forty five years old, but it will still resonate with young readers. Emmett loves pigs. He lives in the city near a zoo, which has lots of animals but no pigs. He learns from his parents that pigs live on farms and that is something he longs to do—visit a farm and see a real pig. Of course when he asks his parents if he can have a pet pig they say no and remind him that he has plenty of pigs in his room—piggy banks, stuffed pigs, china pigs, glass pigs and lots of books about pigs. When Emmett's birthday came he was in for a really big surprise. His parents took him for a ride to a farm in the country and there he saw a pig and learned that he was the proud owner of a piglet that he named King Emmett. The pig boarded at the farm and the farmer sent reports on his progress. Emmett even sent part of his allowance to buy his pal a special treat. It is an unusual choice of pet, but the relationship is universal and that is what will stick with kids. Emmett's dream is fulfilled and he is happy and his happiness is shared with all who read this book. Note: the original art was not in color but Rosemary Wells used the type of pallet Williams would have had available at the time and painted the pictures based on other color paintings by the artist. This is part of the "And I Can Read Book" series. 2004 (orig. 1959), HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060597139
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/7/2004
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Stolz published her first book for young people in 1950 with Ursula Nordstrom and never looked back. Since then, she has written more than sixty books, been published in nearly thirty languages, and received two Newbery Honors (for Belling the Tiger and The Noonday Friends). The Bully of Barkham Street is the sequel to A Dog on Barkham Street (also available from HarperTrophy). Ms. Stolz lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

    My two and a half year old grandson loved this book. He came to visit me and it was one of the books I had picked out at the library. I had to read it to him several times a day while he visited me and when he went back home it was the first thing

    he talked about when I called him on the phone. I broke down and ordered the book for him and it made quite a hit. He's three now and still refers to Emmet and his pig as though they were part of the family. This is a boy who loves trains and cars and is a bundle of energy but this book settled him down instantly. It is well written - keeps the child's attention and is plausible. Children are aware some animals will never be house pets but they are loved just the same.

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