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Little Pink Pup

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  466 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn't think he would surviveû so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn't mind that Pink looked nothing like them-- ...more
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Published December 14th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2010)
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Graham Fox
Feb 08, 2016 Graham Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 09, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This Children's Choice Award picture book was very entertaining even for me so I can only imagine how young kids would react and enjoy this book. It starts off that a litter of pigs is born and there is one out of the bunch that is the smallest one which is called the runt. "PINK" who is the runt is too small and weak to be with the other piglets so the owner of the farm brings it into the house where there is a dachshund with puppies as well. She takes the piglet in as one of her own even thoug ...more
Brandi North
Very cute book! It talks about a pig who is the runt of a litter and is to small to stay in the barn because the other piglets are growing rapidly and the pink pup is to small to stay with them. The pink pup is brought into the house and raised with the dachshund pups. The pups make him feel right at home and don't notice that he is a different color or breed. They treat him just as if he is one of there own! Very family oriented! Acceptance is everything!
Jun 19, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, animals
I read this while I was working and didn't realize I read it before. Back in 2012. So I read it again. Not a bad thing.

A cute little book about a cute little pig. Poor little Pink. He's the runt of the litter and is adopted by Tink, a little dog herself. There is an awww on every page. Plus it's a true story. Kids will absolutely love reading about Pink and Tink.
Diane S ☔
May 10, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awww that is just so sad and than a little later, so sweet, or so my four yr. old granddaughter said when I read her this book. Cute book that shows to never give up on the one who is different, that their is always someone willing to accept them. Adorable story with a strong message.
Susan Erhardt
This has to be the SWEETEST, CUTEST book I've read in ages. My daughters and I loved it!
Kest Schwartzman
cute enough
Dec 31, 2016 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Soooo very long.
Abigail Flanagan
Plot: This is a true story of how a little pig, who was the runt of the litter, kept being pushed out of the way by his siblings and could not eat. So the owners took "Pink" and put him in the house with their Dachshund mom so that he could be taken care of. Little Pink Pup tells the story of how even though the mom dog knew Pink was not like the others, it did not matter, she loved him anyway. In his new home Pink was able to eat and not be pushed out of the way, snuggle and play with his new s ...more
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Oct 02, 2014 Kaitlyn Steckbeck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Little Pink Pup" was an inspiring story about a pig who was the runt of his family. Because he was so small the family who took care of him did not think he would survive like the rest of his family, so they brought him to live inside of their house. When inside Pink, which was this little pig's name, met Tink, who was a dachshund mother of her own puppies. However, Tink began to care for Pink just like he was one of her own. Pink began to do things like the rest of his dachshund family and soo ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“One cold night, twelve piglets were born in a barn. The smallest one was named Pink.” This is the story of Pink who was the runt of the litter. Pink was so small that he wasn’t able to get to his mom for food. His brothers and sisters just pushed him aside. Pink’s owners decided to bring him inside their home to take care of him.
Tink was the family dog. She was a new dachshund and had one puppy of her own but cared for others too. When Tink seen little Pink, she decided to care for him too. T
Romanaus Elangwe
Mar 15, 2014 Romanaus Elangwe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pink, a piglet was born premature. He was tiny and weak and could not stand the rigorous activities of his brothers and sister, so the owner moves him to their home and tried to have him live with Tint, a mother dog, completely different kind of animal. Tint and her puppies welcome and accept Pink, no fuzz. Pink prefers puppy food to pig food, they run around together and when Pink got too big to live in the house, they move him to the barn. They dogs missed Pink. But they would still play with
Tina Andrade
Oct 06, 2014 Tina Andrade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kerby, J. (2010). Little pink pup. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

2011 Children's Choice Book Awards-Book of the Year winner for Beginning Readers (Kindergarten through 2nd grade)


This book will have you exclaiming "Awww!" with the turn of every page! The real-life photos of the tiny little pig being taken in by the dachshund family is a heart-warming story that reminds us that everyone deserves love, regardless of their shape, size, color, or abilities. After being pushed around by his pig
Apr 24, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a cute book and i adored it. Im an animal lover so this is right up my alley. Its about a lil runt piglet who isnt strong enough to be with the others yet. So its taken into the house to be raised until its strong enough. Once inside the mommy daschund with puppies and the little pig becomes just another puppy but a pink one. This book was reallg well put together and thought out. The illustrations are great as well as the story being told in a manner that it will grab a young readers a ...more
From the dedication: "This book is dedicated to all the children who think that they are different from the rest of their families. Just remember your family loves you just the way you are."

While this book isn't billed as an adoption story, as an adoptive mom, I have to admit that I really liked this story a lot better than a lot better than some of the traditional adoption books out there. That being said, I didn't pick it up because I wanted to use it as an adoption book to read to my son. It'
Jul 24, 2014 Meribeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pink is the tiniest piglet in a litter of newborns. Healthy brothers and strong sisters playfully push him away from mama pig at eating time.
Fortunately, a new dachshund mom on the farm, named Tink, becomes a foster mom for Pink. “She licked him and fed him and tucked him in close.”
Even though he doesn’t look like them, none of the puppy brothers or sisters pushes him away. They are all the same size.
Photos show Pink, Tink and both sets of siblings. Especially appealing are the pictures of
Tara Ribblett
Apr 24, 2012 Tara Ribblett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Little pink pup is a book about a piglet who was born the runt of the litter. He couldn't survive in the barn with the other piglets so his owner brought him and their dog who was raising her own puppies nursed him to be as strong as he could be. The pictures worked well with the text. It was very imaginative and informative. The plot and setting were very relatable to children and adults. I love animals so this was a perfect book for me. I thought it was so sweet how the dog just included the p ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Little Pink Pup" is the story of a little piglet who is the runt of its litter. He had too many brothers and sisters. He was the smallest pig in the litter and wasn't strong enough to push his way through his siblings to take his meals. The owner of the pigs also had a Dachshund mom that had just had puppies and had plenty of room for this hungry little fellow. The Dachshund mom took the little pig and raised it with her puppies.

The pictures and text are just wonderful. It's a simple but sweet
J Marsano
This is another misplaced animal story, the this-one-doesn't-fit-with-the-others type. The sickly runt is cast off by his brothers and sisters and lies shoved off to the side, where... This is such a tear-jerker, and luckily you already know how it ends: a plucky Dachshund 'mom' tenderly ministers to the odd-one-out and nurses him to health. I suppose it could have been a plucky rhino.

Sugar/Acid Balance: How Many Times Can You Read This?

I'd say you can get about a week's readings out of this bef
Jaylene Grinaker
The story starts with a litter of pigs that has a runt of the family. So, he lives with a dachshund litter and gets the same love from the puppies as he did his original family. The setting of the story is in the home of the owner of the animals. The presentation of the information is photographs of the animals by the owner. Followed by text describing the relationship of the ‘little pink pup’ And the moral of the story is portrayed throughout the story. Theme is the piece is ‘your family loves ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The true story of Pink, the smallest of a litter of 12 piglets. The other baby pigs pushed him aside, so the author's family brought little Pink into the house, where their dachshund Tink had a litter of puppies. Photos in the book document the little pink piglet eating, sleeping and playing with his brown-coated adoptive family. The book's dedication is "to all the children who think that they are different from the rest of their families. Just remember, your family loves you just the way you a ...more
Katie Finnegan
This is a very juvenile, yet very cute story about acceptance and what truly makes a family. A baby pig does not fit in with the rest of his family; he is too small and different. The farmers realize this and bring the pig into their home, where the pig is instantly welcomed by the farmers' dogs. The pig is thus referred to as the "little pink pup" throughout the rest of the story, and shows children that it does not matter who you came from biologically, but who cares for you and loves and acce ...more
The photo on the cover caught my eye right away. Amidst a dog bed of brown fur from about 5 dachshunds, a wee pink piggy is nestled. It's a fictional account about a runt of a litter of pigs who is raised by a very maternal dachshund mom, and her biological pups. Photos of the pig and pups tell the story of how the pig blends in so well with his brothers and sisters. It's a true-to-life story as the author explains on the last page of the book. I think all kids, but especially preschool to 2nd g ...more
Apr 03, 2016 16018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's about a little pink piglet who is the runt. The tiny piglet gets placed with a dachshund foster mom and her litter. I especially enjoyed the picture of how small the dachshund foster mom looks next to her foster son after he grows up. This book will make you feel like all of us can take care of each other no matter how different we are. This is an easy read good for a beginner. It was too easy for me as a reading challenge. But older kids will be touched by the story and enjoy it just as mu ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cute story told with simple text and photographs about the friendship between a dog and a piglet. The piglet is born weak and is not getting stronger, so the owner brings him in to join a litter of puppies just born to his pet dachshund. The mother dog welcomes him as one of her own, and the piglet's strength grows daily.

There's an amateur feel to the pictures and the story is very basic. The ending is abrupt, but happily there is a picture and explanation about the piglet, now full-grown.
Pink the runt, adopted by Tink, is such an endearing little fellow! Elementary students love the story and all agreed that this book is about being open- minded. Tink and her puppies (many of them fostered by her as well)welcome Pink intot heir warm and comforting family. A winner! This is another from the list of Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Awards my students and I are reading together.
Nov 01, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pink the pig is too small to stay with his pig family in the barn. Instead, he is brought into the house and cared for by Tink, a dachshund. The author clearly and simply tells the story of how Pink grows up, bonds with his puppy siblings, and moves back to the barn. The author's end note describes the joys of her family's farm and 4-H involvement.

Animal lovers in kindergarten and first grade will really like this charming and sweet story.
Sally Staples
Mar 19, 2012 Sally Staples rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this non-fiction book! The kindergarten class I teach loved it too!! This is about a little pig who is the smallest one in the litter, the runt. The owner brought the piglet into the house where their dachshund dog became its foster mom until it became healthy enough to go back out into the barn.
Sung Baick
Apr 15, 2011 Sung Baick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has real photographs to illustrate the writing. The book is about a tiny pig who didn't fit in with the rest of his brothers and sisters. The owners moved him into a litter of puppies and he fit right in there. The pictures are so adorable and this would be awesome for kids who love dogs and/or pigs. It's always nice to see real photographs once in a while. Recommend for k-2.
An account of a true story, Tink the dachshund nurses and rears a piglet runt named Pink. Includes photographs of the actual animals in the story...the one most enjoyed is the full-size Pink tower over his adopted dog mom as a now healthy adult pig. Children who are curious about or familiar with farm life will enjoy this book.
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