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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254352
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–When Pink, the runt of a large litter of piglets, is pushed aside by his siblings, he's taken into the house where a dachshund named Tink adopts him as one of her pups. He learns to prefer dog food to pig food and soft blankets to scratchy straw. Simple, clear text relates this true story, and the large print makes the title inviting for beginner readers. Full-color photos record events in the life of this unusual family. This heartwarming story of cross-species adoption will have strong appeal for animal lovers. Readers will easily grasp the lesson of fitting in and being loved even when you're different.Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Johanna Kerby lives on a small farm in West Virginia with her husband and four children. She considers herself to be a “pig farmer,” raising pigs with her family for 4-H and FFA projects.

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I love this book and so does my niece!
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The pictures were very cute, it was entertaining, it was educational and a true story.
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Kids and adults alike will be in love with this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Betts on June 27, 2010
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This story is very heartwarming and true. My grandkids will love it and when i go back this fall, so will my 2nd grade class!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sonu Macwan on September 23, 2010
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I saw the book at a store and it immediately caught my attention. I picked it up and read the entire book and decided I had to have it for my kids. It is a great true story about acceptance and unconditional love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AG on June 30, 2010
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Saw this in the children's section of my local bookstore. So adorable! The story isn't necessarily unusual or plot-twisting, but it's very sweet. The photos are great. There is such a cute one of the mama dog with her arm over the piglet's nose. Definitely a good way to teach your children about accepting people who are different.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cindylee on March 4, 2011
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This year, I decided that instead of Valentines Day candy, I would give our 3yr old granddaughter a book each year, preferably about dachshunds (our family have 5 doxies right now). Now, we have plenty of dachshunds books already so I had to look through Amazon's inventory to find just the right one. What a find! This book is charming, lots of pink and the pictures are clear, crisp and adorable. Since I was buying the book based upon description alone, knowing that it was a true story assisted in my decision to purchase this book. Best of all, our granddaughter loves it too. She has "read" it to me repeatedly since Valentines Day. All of us LOVE THIS BOOK!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happy Buyer on September 22, 2010
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My son loves this book. He loves looking at the photos of the puppies and piglet. As he gets older, I'm sure he will understand the actual story of acceptance and love that the dogs had for their piglet brother. A wonderful story with beautiful photos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Agnew on July 19, 2010
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This book had everything. The pictures were very cute, it was entertaining, it was educational and a true story. The educational part was learning a few facts about raising pigs and puppies. I'm glad I ordered it. I have a small library for my Grandchildren. My 5 year old Granddaughter decided to check it out to take home after we read the book. She told her Mom that the pictures were "precious".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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This li'l piggy did not need to cry about not having a home--a little dachshund adopted him! Why? This li'l piggy was born into a litter of twelve. As the runt, he was repeatedly pushed away from the table--he had n'er any drop to drink. Until! Tink allowed li'l Pink come to drink and stay and stay and stay until he was big enough to return to his litter mates. "Little Pink Pup" is his story. Johanna Kerby is the author. Her farm in West Virginia is the site of the story.

After Kerby posted her photos and story online, they became viral. She was encouraged to write a book. She did and "Little Pink Pup" is the result. It is a story of love, acceptance, generosity, and big-heartedness. That a little dog would adopt a little pig, you know, another species, is just remarkable.

The book records --through photos and text--Pink's story. Alongside the dog's generous heart is Kerby's ability to record the story after the fact. She had enough photos to tell the story in a continuum and had only to add a couple to complete it. Had she known (wouldn't we all love foresight?) in advance that she would actually tell this story, she could have taken more time-appropriate photos. Does this lack hinder the story? Only slightly, but it remains a delightful story!

Pink was born into a litter of twelve and was the runt--you know, the one shunted away. He was not big enough to fend for himself. After his "adoption," he became a healthy little pig, thriving with his new litter mates until he could return to the barn.

One of my favorite photos is one taken of Pink in the barn, after returning to his pig siblings, sleeping not in the straw, but in his favorite dog bed. Ah, the spoiled piggy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Wanless on October 24, 2010
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I love this book! Very Cute!!! At the end of the book it shows a picture of "mamma and baby"- the dachshunds smaller that the pigs head!! Lots of fun to read; children will love it.
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