We Keep a Pig in the Parlor

We Keep a Pig in the Parlor

by Suzanne Bloom
     
 

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Most pigs live in the barn, but this pig wants nothing to do with the muddy, mucky, less-than-gourmet offerings available outside, and instead decides to make her way toward a more refined life in the parlor.See more details below

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Most pigs live in the barn, but this pig wants nothing to do with the muddy, mucky, less-than-gourmet offerings available outside, and instead decides to make her way toward a more refined life in the parlor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The narrator relates in catchy verses how a pig came to live in a farm family's parlor; he made the choice and then caused trouble until his wishes were granted: `` He snorted and said, / ` I detest a straw bed / Corn that's unpopped, / Supper called slop, / Mud on my face, / That ramshackle place. ' '' He adds that he is lonesome, and that's the argument that wins the day, for the next scene shows him and the narrator cozily perched on the settee, watching TV. In Bloom's first book, she wields colored pencils and a brush full of vibrant, eye-popping paints to give this pig a blazing pink hue and to carve out the surrounding landscapes in chipper tints. The text is bouncing and lilting; the line ``We keep a pig in the parlor'' is downright contagious. Ages 3-6. (October)
Publishers Weekly
"The narrator relates in catchy verses how a pig came to live in a farm family's parlor," said PW. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 A thoroughly disgruntled pig breaks out of his pig barn to make his grievances known, pleading his case so eloquently (`` `I detest a straw bed,/ Corn that's unpopped,/ Supper called slop,/ Mud on my face,/ That ramshackle place'') that all will agree that he belongs in the parlor. Bloom's rhyming text is deliciously playful, a natural for reading aloud. Her riotously colored, intriguingly textured drawings, in watercolor, colored pencil, and crayon, are exuberant, witty, and rampant with homey detail. This winsome hero is the most Pooh-ish of pigs, just bristling with indignant charm. From endpaper to endpaper (don't miss them, they're gems!), this is one pig who can stand with the best of literary porkers. Marcia Hupp, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590780848
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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