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There's been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer's new piglet. The kindly farmer and his wife believe it's the work of a good witch, while the ill-tempered king and queen blame the bad witch-after all, this happens in fairy tales all the time! While Priscilla grows up on the farm, poor yet very happy, things don't turn out quite so well for Pigmella. Kissing a frog has done wonders before, but ...
There's been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer's new piglet. The kindly farmer and his wife believe it's the work of a good witch, while the ill-tempered king and queen blame the bad witch-after all, this happens in fairy tales all the time! While Priscilla grows up on the farm, poor yet very happy, things don't turn out quite so well for Pigmella. Kissing a frog has done wonders before, but will it work for a pig?
Sure to hog all the attention, this story's frequent nods to well-known fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Princess, and Thumbelina-plus hilarious illustrations-will delight readers of any age.
Posted April 16, 2013
In a kingdom, long ago, lived a Princess and a Pig, also known as the protagonists of the story, The Princess and the Pig, by Jonathan
Emmett. Possible Spoiler Alert: A farmer was traveling home, with a pig that he named Pigmella. He was underneath the shade of the
castle. Above, the queen decided to name her baby Priscella. A stench came from the baby, and the queen dropped her off the side of
the balcony. The baby landed in the farmer’s cart and shot Pigmella, the pig, flying up to the balcony. When the farmer came home, the
baby was in the back of the cart; the farmer’s wife was very pleased with the farmer. Priscella became Pigmella, and Pigmella became
Priscella. Later, the farmer and his wife found out that the baby and the pig had switched; so they returned her to the castle, but the king
and queen refused to take her. Pigmella, the girl, went back to her home and married a shepherd, while Priscella, the pig, married a
The theme of this book is that it’s okay to be different. There are many examples of this theme. The princess and the pig are very
different. The princess lives in a castle, and the pig lives in a small house. The farmer and the queen are also different. The farmer is
poor; he pulls his own cart. The queen is wealthy; she has seven nannies. Another example is the farmer’s wife and the queen. The
farmer’s wife is sweet, loving, and caring. For example, when she finds the baby in the back of the cart, she loves her right away.
Whereas the queen is selfish, unkind, and stuck-up. For example, she screams when her baby pooped itself, and she doesn’t take
care of her baby by herself. In the end, the farmer, his wife, and Pigmella were happy. But, the queen, her husband, and Priscilla were
not particularly happy.
The illustrator is Poly Bernatene. The illustrations add to the text greatly. In the book, The Princess and The Pig, Bernatene was able to
make the words on each page come to life with her pictures. She uses a great amount of detail in each illustration, and she makes them
very precise. In one of her pictures she showed Pigmella, the girl, sitting in the grass; she is holding a doll. But, she is surrounded by
animals, birds and trees. From each leaf, to a facial expression, to each tiny piece of hay, Bernatene shows it all. She used a variety of
colors and shapes. The illustrations show where the action takes place.
This book has wonderful illustrations and is a beautifully written fiction book. The author did an excellent job describing in detail what
was going on. He used creative words. Some creative words that the author used that I thought were interesting: Pity, squelching,
shriek, and christening. Those four words caught my eye when reading this picture book. I enjoyed the style that the illustrator used
for the pictures, and the style of wording the author used. From my perspective, the book was made for 5-10 year olds, although some
words might be challenging for some very young readers. This book was entertaining and fun to read, and I would recommend it to
Posted February 2, 2012
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