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PIGLET AND PAPA by Margaret Wild


by Margaret Wild & illustrated by Stephen Michael King

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8109-1476-6
Publisher: Abrams

Patterned after their first book, Piglet and Mama (2005), the team’s latest explores a father’s unconditional love for his child. When some roughhousing gets a little too rough, Papa chases Piglet out of the sty. He doesn’t hear her ask him if he still loves her, so she anxiously creeps away. Piglet asks each farm animal in turn if they love her. From her ears to her trotters, each likes a different physical trait, and each loves her, but someone else loves her many times more, they tell her. They won’t tell her who, but Piglet discovers that all on her own. Vignettes on the white pages, King’s imprecise ink-and-watercolor brush strokes are well suited to the pigsty/farm setting, and add a touch of whimsy to the illustrations. His masterful rendering of facial expressions deepens the intimacy of the tale. Reminiscent of Are You My Mother, this is sure to become a beloved favorite as well. (Picture book. 3-7)