Big Dreams for a Little Pig

Summary:

Even as a piglet, Jasper was different. He didn't like playing in the mud or digging into the earth for grubs. He liked spreadsheets and flow charts and graphs. He did the bookkeeping at Sunshine Sanctuary Farm for Animals. While all of the other animals were being adopted, Jasper remained on the farm. Then he put his business skills to work - could he find a forever home and be someone's pet? 


Parent Perspective:
This is a very special story. Two themes stand out: Jasper accepting he is different, even when the other animals didn't understand him; and everyone wants to be loved. Jasper is the model of being yourself, persevering, and making your dreams come true. The author does an exceptional job weaving business concepts into the story while keeping it simple enough for young audiences to understand. The story reminded me of Giggle, Giggle, Quack! by Doreen Cronin.

Humans who dare to be different will appreciate the story, even if they're not looking for a forever home. Highly recommended.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

An adorable pig is the star of this story about being yourself and being loved.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This picture book is about how a pig found just the right family for him.
Educational Themes:

Adoption is a natural theme for the story given that Jasper uses his skills to find a forever home. But it isn't the only theme. Other topics include: being and accepting yourself, using your talents, working toward your dreams.

In the story, the Sunshine Sanctuary for Farm Animals is staffed by volunteers. If your child expresses an interest in helping animals, you might seek out a place like this near you.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow for sure. Buy if you are an adoptive family.

Title Business Pig
Author Andrea Zuill
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2018
Illustrators Andrea Zuill
ISBN 9781454926849
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal Character, Family - Adoption, Humor, Self Worth
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