Pig Enough

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Willy isn't your ordinary pig. He's a guinea pig. But that doesn't stop him from joining Pig Scouts so he can "Be all a pig can be."
The other pigs in his troop laugh and tell him he'll never be a real pig, but Willy knows better. He's brave enough, he's smart enough, and he'll show them all he's pig enough!
Janie Bynum's touching story of the odd pig out will win readers' ...

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Overview

Willy isn't your ordinary pig. He's a guinea pig. But that doesn't stop him from joining Pig Scouts so he can "Be all a pig can be."
The other pigs in his troop laugh and tell him he'll never be a real pig, but Willy knows better. He's brave enough, he's smart enough, and he'll show them all he's pig enough!
Janie Bynum's touching story of the odd pig out will win readers' hearts and leave them laughing—no matter what species they may be.

Willie is a social animal, so although he is a guinea pig, he decides to join the Pig Scouts.

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Publishers Weekly
Willy, the winsome, tubby little guinea pig star here, can't seem to find his niche. He flubs his lines in plays and is a flop at baseball, but takes heart when he sees the sign, "Be all a pig can be! Join pig scouts today!" That is, until the other (real) pigs scorn this diminutive furry imposter. "You don't look like a pig to me!" says big porker Peyton, to which Willy bravely replies, "B-b-but, I'm a guinea pig.... and I'm pig enough!" Any child who has felt like an outsider can relate to his predicament, and appreciate his resilient attitude-and rather adorably watercolored self. Bynum (Altoona Baboona) excels at garnering sympathy for this clothed rodent who navigates universal scenarios. For instance, a bird's eye-view shows Willy onstage as a small, spotlighted figure with paws covering his speechless mouth. But the writing is less assured. The story travels a predictable path, as Willy proves his worth to the herd when his night vision, digging and whistling skills save Peyton's bacon after a fall into a dark hole. An odd opening line and an irritating recurring chant ("Willy, Willy, don't be silly! You'll never be a pig!") also detract from the upbeat message. Nonetheless, Bynum's endearing artwork characterizes even the pig oppressors as sympathetic, making this lesson in acceptance a gentle one. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Willy is a guinea pig whose ambitions far exceed his capabilities. So when he sees the "Be All a Pig Can Be" banner for the Pig Scouts, he joins up, despite the sneers of the other "real" pigs. When his scout buddy Peyton wanders off, Willy finds him, frightened, in a cave with walls too slippery to climb up and a dead flashlight. Luckily, guinea pigs can see in the dark, dig, and finally whistle loud enough to be heard by the other searching scouts. Willy has turned out to be truly "pig enough," a hero to all. The watercolor drawings create a troop of anthropomorphic pigs with personalities galore, along with a guinea pig overloaded with vivacious charm. The visual narrative includes details of clothing, school and rural settings, with serio-comic depictions of the escape from the cave. The appealing tale includes encouragement for those who want to be "all you can be." 2003, Harcourt,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Poor Willy. The little guinea pig wants to join Pig Scouts, but as he lines up with the larger porcine candidates, they taunt, "Willy, Willy, don't be silly. You'll never be a pig." He tries to ignore the laughter and protests that he's pig enough-guinea pig, that is. But scouting is a disaster, from a too-big uniform to falling into a deep dark hole on a camping trip. When the flashlight goes out, he and Peyton, the biggest bully of all, are trapped inside the cave alone. Now Willy has the opportunity to prove that his special skills can be useful. Although the ending is a bit pat with the underdog (or pig) saving the day, Bynum's tongue-in-cheek humor and comical characters make for a clever romp through the territory of childhood teasing and bullying. The witty watercolors are sure to elicit laughs.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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No matter what he does, Willy the guinea pig can't seem to fit in. When he joins the Pig Scouts he thinks things will change; he is a pig, after all. But all the other pigs turn up their snouts: "You can't be a Pig Scout . . . You don't even have a tail!" In a series of humorous watercolor vignettes, Bynum depicts the pigs as they partner up for a hike. Everyone looks happy, except for Willy and a pig named Peyton. But when the two fall down a well, Willy employs a special skill peculiar to guinea pigs and ends up saving the day. While the ending is a bit too good to be true, it's still a nice little lesson about pride and prejudice that speaks to kids in a way that's easy to understand. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152165826
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

JANIE BYNUM has illustrated several children's books, including Too Big, Too Small, Just Right by Frances Minters and her own Altoona Baboona and Altoona Up North. She lives in Michigan.

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