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PIGLETTE by Katelyn Aronson


by Katelyn Aronson ; illustrated by Eva Byrne

Pub Date: May 26th, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-593-11678-4
Publisher: Viking

Piglette was born on a farm in France but dreams for something more.

Declared “Perfection!” by her mother at birth, Piglette seeks out Parisian delights in Aronson’s cheery debut. Born after three brothers and three sisters, Piglette stands out in her family because “nothing piggish seemed to please her.” She doesn’t like slop and prefers pampering over playing in the mud. Her favorite place on the farm is a beautiful pasture filled with sweet-smelling flowers such as lilies, lilacs, lavender, and roses. Lush language and soft pastel illustrations bring this heavenly setting to life. When Piglette realizes farm life is not for her, she hitches a ride on a “pungent pickup” full of flowers and moves to Paris to begin anew. In Paris, she might be a poet or a painter or a pastry chef, but what really draws her in is the magic of smells—leading her to a perfumery. Piglette’s journey abounds with alliteration: “They pampered Piglette like a princess.” When Piglette grows homesick, she leaves behind the city she has come to love and journeys home, but she finds a way to bring a dash of Paris to the pasture. Accompanied by pleasant, warm cartoons depicting family, friendship, and a little adventure, Piglette’s story is a joyful one that also makes for an amusing read-aloud.

A sweet, lighthearted tale of a piglet discovering where she belongs.

(Picture book. 3-6)