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The Princess and the Pig and Things That Happen In Books

November 6, 2011

The Princess and the Pig
written by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Walker & Company, 2011
picture book

This delightful tale tells the story of a farmer’s little piglet, Pigmella, and the queen’s little princess, Priscilla, who accidentally switch places. The king believes the switch is “the sort of thing that happens all the time in books.” The farmer’s wife, too, knows it’s “the kind of thing that happens all the time in books.

So, the girl grows up with the farmer and the pig grows up as a princess. But one day, the farmer’s wife overhears the story about the princess-pig swap. She goes to the castle with her daughter, Pigmella, to tell the queen and king the whole story. But, the queen doesn’t believe a word of it. “It’s a trick. . . It’s the sort of thing that happens all the time in books.”

And so Pigmella returns home to live a happy life with a young shepherd husband. It’s a very happy ending — one that you would read in books. 🙂

Book Play: Introduce your child to more fairy tales with these suggestions from The Book Chook. Create a dramatic play area for reenacting fairy tales. Reenact the Princess and the Pig then read and act out more fairy tales.

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