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Princess Pig Hardcover – June 9, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375845712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375845710
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,042,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What’s in a name? Pig finds out on a windy day after a princess’ sash flies off during the Picawash County Farm Show Parade. When the pig awakens bedecked by the errant sash, she wonders if she is indeed a princess. Several animals try convincing her otherwise: how can she be a princess without a crown, without a gold necklace, and smelling like a pig? Pig dons a teacup crown, fashions a flower necklace, rolls in honeysuckle to smell better, and convinces most of the other animals that she is indeed a princess. The text strikes a chord akin to Charlotte’s Web when gullible visitors and the media arrive at the farm to view the fabulous princess pig. Alas, Pig finds the royal life doesn’t suit her after all, and she is eager to return to being just a pig. In watercolors and colored pencils, Bowers uses the animals’ facial expressions to create delightful personalities. A humorous read-aloud for storytime. Preschool-Grade 2. --Patricia Austin

About the Author

Eileen Spinelli is the author of almost fifty books for young readers. She lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in eastern Pennsylvania. Visit Eileen on the Web at www.eileenspinelli.com.

Tim Bowers has illustrated more than twenty books. You can visit him on the Web at www.timbowers.com.

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She got it for her birthday and says it's a good story.
T. Vega
Tim Bowers' illustrations are just right for the story, full of anthropomorphic stand-up critters with great expressive faces, a sure hit with preschoolers.
Gwynne C. Spencer
I think this book gives a terrific message to children that it's always best to accept yourself for what you really are.
Julie Peterson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gwynne C. Spencer on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I hope none of the Sweet Potato Queens (Jill Conner Browne) miss this book. It's about a pig whose nap is interrupted by a "princess sash" (from a passing parade) landing on her, a sort of unintentional coronation. And henceforth, she only does princessy things: she wears a crown, a gold necklace (daisies), perfume (honeysuckle), sits on her throne (the tractor which looks to be an Allis Chalmers), eats only royal food, and refuses to fraternize with the peons. Although all the other barnyard citizens recognize her as their royal ruler, Pony insists she is not a princess. Princess Pig enjoys her royal status until she realizes how lonesome she is, and when she is not invited to the barn party, she has a change of heart and becomes her old non-royal self to join in the fun. It's a great barnyard tale, in the spirit of Clack Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell. Tim Bowers' illustrations are just right for the story, full of anthropomorphic stand-up critters with great expressive faces, a sure hit with preschoolers. And although the boys may say that it's a "girl book" because it's about a princess, it is most decidedly a story about being your own true self, and that includes trying on "other selves" from time to time to see if it's a fit or not, a message for all kids. And no special funding for "self esteem enhancement" is required. All hail Princess Pig!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Chenery on June 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My boys,5 and 8, LOVE this book. Even though my 8 year old can read it himself, he will rush over when he hears me start to read it. As the other reviewers state, the book has a great message. But I think it's an exceptional story when a 'princess' themed book appeals to two rough-and-tumble boys!!!
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By Julie Peterson on July 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It seems like I have been running across a lot of wonderful children's books lately; and PRINCESS PIG, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Tim Bowers, is another great read for preschoolers. Reading this book to my son was definitely a treat for me!

There is no doubt that this story about a pig who thinks she is a princess is just adorable. I absolutely loved the pig's reaction to "discovering" that she is a princess as well as how the other animals reacted to her. I especially liked how the pony kept giving the pig a reality check -- it was too cute. My favorite thing about this book, however, is the beautiful illustrations. The colors are just so vibrant and each page has lots for little ones to look at. The pictures capture the feel of the story perfectly, and children and parents alike will appreciate the animals and their facial expressions.

My son enjoyed this book too, but he did say it was a little girly for him. I totally disagreed with him and found myself arguing with a four year old. I think I finally got through to him that just because the book said the word "princess" does not make it a girly book. When we talked about the story in more detail, he did admit that he liked the pony who kept telling the pig that she wasn't a princess. And, I found him laughing on almost every page at either the pictures or what the animals were saying to the pig.

As a mother, I definitely recommend this book -- it has already been awarded as winner of the 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Not only is the story cute and the pictures just amazing, but this book has a wonderful message. The pig realizes that while she gets a lot of "princess" treatments like bubble baths, she can't do the normal pig things like roll in mud or participate in the barn animals' parties.
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She got it for her birthday and says it's a good story. She reads it often. Pair it with a stuffed animal pig for a nice birthday gift.
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