"Still, there's a message here, and it's plain enough that few readers, even younger ones, will miss it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this pointed episode, an apartment house's residents are aghast when they learn that their new neighbor is a pig: as Henrietta Hen puts it to Doctor Fox and Nick Hare, " ‘Everyone knows that pigs are messy and dirty and sloppy.' " As expected, the pig is soon spotted dropping firewood in the street, and flour and mud on the stairs, so, oblivious to the fact that he has also carefully cleaned it all up, the busybodies officiously knock on his door to deliver an ultimatum.
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