A Day No Pigs Would Die (A Day No Pigs Would Die #1)
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
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
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
“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
I haven't read this book since high school and junior high school, but thought I would pick it up again because, well because it's been so long.
I found the dialogue in chapter three very similar to Robert Frost 's poem The Mending Wall Yes, good fences make good neighbors ...more
I remember that I loved the story, but I could not recall all that much about it. I decided to read it aloud to my son and I am so glad I did. It is now one of his favorite books.
I am a bit perplexed why it was ever banned, as well as why some readers denounce the book becau ...more
Some reviewers complain about the sexism in the story; um, do they know anything about the time period of the book? O ...more
Overall, I loved the book. It's a coming of age story about Robert, the only surviving son of a Shaker farming family in Vermont. Robert, the main character, is 12 years old when the story begins and we find Robert assisting in the birth of a calf and ultimately helping the poor cow live after removing a goiter from her throat. I found R ...more
While I am certainly surprised by the low ratings of this book, I can understand it. The themes and descriptions in this story could easily be considered controversial. But they are realistic. They are ...more
Age Level: 5th-12th Grade
Reading Level: 5 (grade)
“A Day No Pigs Would Die” is a coming-of-age novel about an early adolescent boy named Robert growing up on a farm in Vermont in the 1930s/1940s. His Shaker family lives on and by the land with a strict moral code. Robert, who narrates the story, is given a pet pig in exchange for doing a good deed for his neighbor. Unaccustomed to earning a reward for being helpful, Robert considers himself very lucky to be allow ...more
I think I first read this book when I was in 8th grade - so around 1980. It really touched me. I later read it to my children when they were around the age of 9 to 12, and it touched me again at that time and did not feel like a "kid's book" to me. Just a good story.
I saw this as a coming of age story about a young boy who grows up on a farm in a very rural area. He get a pig (Pinky, I belie ...more
I liked the writing style. It was "country folk" talk but there is a way of speaking that the Amish, Shakers, and other enclosed communities in America appears to possess that just seems so...charming. It's an honest yet poetic way of talking that I always love to read. It's not like how the Puritans way bac ...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