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Little Pink Pup

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  411 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn?t think he would survive? 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?h ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Graham Fox
Feb 08, 2016 Graham Fox rated it it was amazing
Apr 24, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
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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
Romanaus Elangwe
Mar 15, 2014 Romanaus Elangwe rated it really liked it
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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 07, 2014 Tina Andrade rated it it was amazing
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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
Brandi North
Sep 23, 2013 Brandi North rated it really liked it
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!
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
Jul 24, 2014 Meribeth rated it really liked it
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
Diane S ☔
May 10, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
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.
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Oct 29, 2014 Kaitlyn Steckbeck rated it it was amazing
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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
Susan Erhardt
Feb 13, 2011 Susan Erhardt rated it it was amazing
This has to be the SWEETEST, CUTEST book I've read in ages. My daughters and I loved it!
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
Apr 03, 2016 16018 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
“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
Apr 24, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 10, 2012 Rcltigger rated it it was amazing
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'
Amy Cobbs
May 23, 2015 Amy Cobbs rated it it was amazing
This book reaches your heart where ever and whomever you are. I read this and immediately thought of my God-daugther. Her parents rescue dogs for a local shelter and my little girl has the biggest heart just like Tink. My dachshund is a rescue; reading this story makes me appreciate him even more. I loved this book!!!
Sep 20, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
"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
Oct 17, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Adorable story! Dachshunds truly are amazing, and I don't blame Pink at all for preferring soft dog beds to straw. However, I thought the aesthetics of the book would have been more appealing if the layout was a little less cluttered.
I think the story is cute and my daughter and does like it but I don't like the photos. They are subpar at best. I understand that they are just personal photos from the owners of the animals but there are still far too many fuzzy or dark photos.
Aug 14, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
A simple book about compassion, families and acceptance. I look forward to reading this to my grand-daughter when she is a bit older and can understand the message. I'm sure that she will love the photos as much as I did.
Tara Ribblett
Apr 24, 2012 Tara Ribblett rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 28, 2014 Daniela rated it it was amazing
Such a heartwarming story about a runt who is adopted into a family of dogs. Kids will love to see the beautiful pictures which show Pink interacting with his new family. I can already hear my kinder students squeal with delight (pun intended).
J Marsano
Jan 09, 2013 J Marsano rated it liked it
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.

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I'd say you can get about a week's readings out of this bef
Oct 05, 2015 Alicia rated it really liked it
My class loved this book. It's a true story about a premature piglet "adopted" by the family's dachshund. The photographs are super cute.
Jun 22, 2015 Aisha rated it liked it
We love true stories and this is a nice one with an important lesson. However, I wish it was written better (more engaging and fun).
Apr 22, 2015 Laila rated it it was amazing
ADORABLE. Dachshund mom adopts runty little pig on a family farm. True story. So much cuteness. My son and I love this book.
Mar 28, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it
Read this on Cute little story about a dog taking a piglet under her wing and treating him like one of her pups.
Sep 09, 2014 Melle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: animal lovers
Recommended to Melle by: Carol
Ridiculously adorable pictures of a dachshund family and their adopted piglet runt. Spoiler alert: happy ending.
Apr 17, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
Cute real life story. Kids were proud of identifying the pup as a pig before the story said so, hah!
Mar 29, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok
Heavy handed in its message but who cares where there are cute pictures of puppies and pigs?
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