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The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
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Dec 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children, folk-fairytales, picture-books
Read on March 08, 2012

There's a lot to like about The Princess and the Pig. It's just princess-y enough to please any Tangled-obsessed young girl, while subverting the princess fairy tale. I like how the book references classic fairy tales like The Prince and the Pauper, Thumbelina, and Puss in Boots. In the story, a poor farmer's piglet and the baby princess accidentally get swapped. The farmer and his wife think that a good fairy has turned their piglet into a baby, and the king and queen think that a bad fairy has turned their baby into a pig. So "Pigmella" is raised by the farmer and his wife and turns out to be a kind, smart, and beautiful girl, while "Priscilla" ends up acting, well, very piggish, while stuffed into the trappings of princess life. When the farmer and his wife realize the mistake that has been made, they try to right the wrong, only to discover that the the king and queen refuse to admit that Priscilla is a pig. As you can imagine, this is a book that parents and teachers trying to steer little girls away from wanting to be princesses (focused on looks and boys) will like, but I also really love the illustrations. They're not earthshattering or beautiful, but they're colorful and really detailed. I especially like the spread that shows various activities that Priscilla the pig eschewed in favor of acting like a pig. Except for some really small pictures, could be a good storytime book for a mixed-age group.

Ages 4-8

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