A Day No Pigs Would Die
It could also go on the "I had to face the death of my beloved pet" shelf with Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows . At least the kids who loved those dogs didn't have to eat them.
Peck lived in a farm with is parents, a cow and a ox. One day, Peck was teased from his friends at school and ran away, to his house. Surprisingly, at that time, Mr Tanner's (their neighbor) cow was having a calve. He helped the cow to get the calve safely out, but got injured badly while tryin...more
“Gilded by Work”
Twelve-year-old Rob is the only surviving son of a poor Shaker farm family in Vermont. All his life he has yearned for a pet, for something which belongs to Him alone. When he receives a piglet from a kind and grateful neighbor he is thrilled—lavishing both time and affection on tiny Pinky. An ironic coincidence however: his Pa is famous locally as a high-quality pig butcher. A perfect set up for future dramatic conflict.
This is a straightfor...more
So far, I am not too impressed with this book. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck, has not really grabbed me yet. I did admire the scene where Rob Peck, a young boy, saves Apron, a big neighbor cow. It was an interesting scene, but from then on out, I have become extremely bored with this book. Though this book had a great start, I fear that it will not be so great as I continue to read. I predict that there will not be as much action in this boo...more
“Reading this book is like sipping hot cider in front of a crackling potbellied stove. Every page is suffused with wit and charm and glowing with warmth.”–Newsweek
“A lovely book. . . . Honest, moving, homely in the warm and simple sense of the word. . . . It is small, accepting and loving and it succeeds perfectly.”–Boston Globe
“You’ll find yourself caught up in the novel’s emotion from the very opening scene. . . . Love suffuses every page.”–*The New York Times
"With plenty of Yankee com...more
and a farmer's eyes are blue.
But a farmer's eyes are eagle fierce
and look a man right through."
That's what caught my attention. It has a powerful beginning and it sums up what the book is all about. I loved reading this book, because everything is told from the perspective of a child-who turns thirteen after his Father's death. Their neighbor, Mr. Tanner tells him at thirteen is when a boy becomes a man, and he yearns for his Father love and guidance, but all he...more
Robert is a young boy who learns the reality of life's hardships - the necessity of doing the hard things, the joys of the little things, the truth about making decisions and becoming a man. Though I'm female, I could sympathize with Robert's maturing into an adult and coming face to face with the trut...more
the role of the man in his family. There were some down-home phrases
like: "Let's all put on the feed bag." "He'll stand without hitching" (super compliment). Also lots of wisdom: "Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut." "Why tell people what they don't want to hear?" "A man's worship cou...more
Robert's family is different from a lot of the families of his classmates. They are Shakers; they are called the "plain people" by Robert's classmates. His father works at a slaughter house killing pigs, so Robert has to do most of the work on the family farm. One day, Robert saves his neighbor's cow during a difficult birthing, and as a thank-you, the neighbor gives him...more
—A Day No Pigs Would Die, P. 91
Here is truly one of the most memorable narrative voices in modern young adult literature.
Robert Peck's life as the only surviving son of a quiet, unassuming Shaker family isn't exactly fraught with action and adventure, but it sure seems that way. I think that is because of the power embedded in the deep emotional moments of his family's life, a life that adheres completely to the Shaker id...more
The story begins with Robert saving the life of his neighbor Benjamin Tanner's Holstein cow ,Apron,helping to deliver her of 2 bull calves and plucking from her throat the goiter th...more
Pretty graphic parts in the book, but I guess that's all in a farming family's life. It starts off with the main character, Rob Peck, a 11 year old boy, helping his neighbor's cow give birth (with lots of gross detail) at the start of the story (...more
It touches me for the simple fact that when I was 13 I was a helpless nobody, and this here is a kid who can do anything short of building a rocket. I can't ev...more
Twelve-year-old Robert idolizes his father. Haven Peck may not know how to read or write, but he is wise in the ways of the natural world, a good neighbor, and a good man. He is steadfast in his determination to raise his son up to be a good man, too, and to that end teaches him how to take care of the animals,...more
What I liked: the simple prose, the effortless storytelling that truly could have originated from a 12 year old boy. I appreciated the quiet wisdom of the father, the courage to accept what is inevitably a hard life, not only as a farmer but as a butcher, or as any hired laborer. Peck skillfully captures the sentiment of the farmer, who is proud to own his own land and "captain his own ship". To work for another man, although often neces...more
This book has been challenged and banned several times. The author uses an authentic dialect, which some find degrading. The author also accurately describes the harsh realities of farm life and the sometimes tough decisions that must be made. Is this inappropriate for middle-school-aged children? There are also descriptions of what happens when breeding takes place between a male and female pig and the description of how pigs are slaughtered. These are graphic, however, all one needs to do is w...more
A Day No Pigs Would Die By Robert Newton Peck
Newberry Award Winner (I think)
This was a favorite of an ex boyfriend of mine. I can see why people love this book, but it isn't one I like to read. It is written in a matter of fact dialect, and makes you feel like you've been kicked in the stomach. If you are of a delicate nature, and can't take farm talk, stay away from this book. In the interest of not offending my journal buddies, I will not summarize the pl...more
Robert Newton Peck is an American author of books for young adults. His titles include Soup and A Day No Pigs Would Die. He claims to have been born on February 17, 1928, in Vermont, but has refused to specify where. Similarly, he claims to have graduated from a high school in Texas, which he has also refused to identify. Some sources state that he was born in Nashville, Tennessee...more