Pigs

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"Many people think pigs are smelly and dirty, They think pigs 'eat like pigs' and aren't very smart. That's because they don't know pigs!"

There are about 300 breeds of pigs. Here are many interesting facts about the smartest of all farm animals, including their physical characteristics, their senses, how they communicate, and how they live.

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Gail Gibbons published her first book in 1974. ...

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Overview

"Many people think pigs are smelly and dirty, They think pigs 'eat like pigs' and aren't very smart. That's because they don't know pigs!"

There are about 300 breeds of pigs. Here are many interesting facts about the smartest of all farm animals, including their physical characteristics, their senses, how they communicate, and how they live.

About the Author:

Gail Gibbons published her first book in 1974. Since then she has become a master at presenting colorful and easy-to-comprehend nonfiction to young listeners and readers. Holiday House is especially pleased to be publishing Pigs, her 100th title.

Examines the basic characteristics, common breeds, intelligence, behavior, life cycle, and uses of pigs.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
This 100th book by the acclaimed author of nonfiction picture books explains the basic characteristics, common breeds, intelligence, behavior, life cycle, and uses of pigs in a colorful and readable format. Topics include the history of the domestication of the pig, the use of pigs to locate truffles, the birth and growth of pigs, and the uses of pigs for food and leather. Gibbons also debunks common myths about pigs: "Many people think pigs are smelly and dirty. They think pigs 'eat like pigs' and aren't very smart. That's because they don't know pigs!" We learn that there are about 300 breeds of pigs, that pigs are very smart, have good hearing, poor eyesight, beautiful, long eyelashes, and can run as fast as 30 miles per hour. We're also told that "there is a children's story called 'The Three Little Pigs.'" Between its colorful covers and pig-pink end papers, this book holds a wealth of information about pigs.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Basic information about hogs is presented in a simple, straightforward style. Although the author notes that "Most pigs are raised to go to market..." the text emphasizes the other more cheerful possibilities for swine-as a loved pet or country-fair show animal. A final page offers facts and trivia about these creatures. The book offers sufficient background for browsers and young pig lovers but not enough for report writers. Paneled, full-color, cartoon watercolors illustrate the text. The popularity of Charlotte's Web and the movie Babe have made pigs a topic of interest for more than just the homework crowd. This title should be purchased wherever Gibbons's other books or easy animal titles are in demand.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Gibbons's 100th book is devoted to presenting swine in a positive light; she quickly demystifies the stereotypes that cast pigs as smelly, dirty, greedy, and dull. Descended and domesticated from the wild boar, pigs come in hundreds of varieties, colors, shapes, and sizes; in simple language, the book outlines their characteristics, breeds, intelligence, communication, habits, and uses. The author distinguishes the various terms—hog, swine, gilt, sow, boar—while also explaining the act of wallowing in mud. The bulk of the text is characteristically factual, but Gibbons allows herself an opinion or two: "They are cute and lovable with their curly tails, their flat pink snouts and their noisy squeals and grunts." Pen-and-watercolor drawings show sprightly pigs and a plethora of pink-cheeked children in tranquil farm scenes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823415540
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 221,502
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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