Where do pigs sleep?
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What do pigs eat?
From fun in the field to feeding time, find out all the facts about the daily life of farmyard animals.
Children's Literature - Leona IlligIt appears that pigs have gotten a bad rap over the years. Porky Pig notwithstanding, pigs are actually smart and clean. They can't sweat, and that's why you often find them in the cool mud. They live on large farms called piggeries. Their feet are called trotters. These and other interesting facts are found in this book, part of the "Farmyard Friends" series. The author explores the life cycle of a pig and unearths facts that will both enlighten and entertain young readers. It explains the basics: what a pig is, what it looks like, where it lives, and what it eats. Common and unusual breeds of pigs, such as the kune kune pig, are also explored. The book contains a section discussing why humans farm pigs, and the importance that pigs have as a source of food. Each topic is presented in a two-page spread containing color photographs that are explained with minimal text. The photographs are also labeled, which is useful for younger readers. Throughout the book a cute cartoon character, a bluebird, presents "Farmyard Facts," sidebars with additional information. The book contains a glossary, an index, and a section entitled "Notes for Parents and Teachers" which provides ideas and suggestions for further learning and activities. This is a good introductory book on pigs for young readers. Teachers and parents should note that there are similarities between this book and other books in the "Farmyard Friends" series: the style, the layout, the "Notes" section, and the cartoon bluebird are identical. Thus, if readers enjoy or find useful one of the books in this series, they are likely to enjoy them all. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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