A runaway pig and Miss prudence wreak havoc in a busy city.
K-Gr 2- According to the jacket flap, this story is set in "a turn-of-the-century city," but the location and, in fact, which century are not explicitly stated. A wandering pig is startled by a passing carriage and somehow ends up with Miss Prudence on his back. The two proceed to tear through the streets, careening into numerous people and things and taking a bit of something away with them with each encounter. In the style of a cumulative tale, the items are all listed with each new addition followed by the refrain, "but the pig ran on." Various references, such as the Barnum American Museum, which was on Broadway from 1841 until it burned in 1865, identify the locale as New York City. The roaming pigs, which were largely blamed for the cholera epidemic of 1849, were driven from the city at that time. Both of these facts would seem to indicate an early-19th-century setting. Details of the text and illustration are occasionally at odds with the time period, such as the bright red uniform worn by the police officer-NYPD uniforms have changed since their adoption in 1844, but they have always been blue. There are also pieces that are at odds with what would seem intended as a lighthearted romp. The pig runs past "a long line of immigrants with tired faces" and snatches an orphan when running past the Home of the Friendless. The illustrations frequently do not support the text, with the items supposedly grabbed by the pig or Miss Prudence missing from some of the pictures. Libraries can easily skip this tedious chase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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This is such a cute story with a repeating line for your beginning reader. I love the historical setting and pig running all over New York City.