Pig the Pug is one of those books I have seen around pretty much everywhere, but have never actually read; until just last week. My son’s kinder teacher read it to the class and my little boy fell in love with it and by the weekend we owned the book and the soft toy! It really is a gorgeous story – one I am truly glad to have finally read.
In the series by Aaron Blabey, there is also Pig the Fibber, Pig the Winner and Pig the Elf.
Pig is a pug. He lives with Trevor, the sausage dog and although Trevor is very keen to play together and be friends, Pig the pug wants no part of it! He does not want to share his toys and goes to great lengths to keep Trevor away. However, in doing so, he creates a precarious situation for himself and learns the hard way that sharing might be easier than not.
Why I love it:
There’s really nothing not to love about this book. The story itself is relatable (we all know non-sharers) and humorous, the text is written as a rhyme and flows beautifully, the illustrations are vibrant and captivating and the characters are just adorable – even the greedy, selfish Pig the Pug is completely lovable! I particularly love the end of this story, where (without giving it away) it appears that Pig the Pug may only temporarily have changed his spots, so to speak. I love this because, well, we have all read the stories about how sharing is best and read about the non-sharing main characters who see the error of their ways and will, from this point forward, be improved individuals who have totally learnt their lesson, but this book is not that. In the expression on Pig’s face at the end, you know the lesson is not entirely learnt and that, to me, is far more relatable and far more honest. Some people are terrific sharers, some are more protective of their own ‘stuff’ and in my experience, you can somewhat influence those behaviours, but a more protective possessor will remain as such. At least, that rings true for me.
Themes to discuss with your child:
- Not wanting to share
- Personality differences
- Lessons learnt… or not
Questions to ask your child:
- What do you think this book might be about?
- Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
- Does Pig look like a happy dog? What word would you use to describe how he looks?
- Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
- How would you describe Pig?
- How would you describe Trevor?
- Which one, Pig or Trevor, are you most like?
- Why do you think Pig didn’t want to share?
- Do you think it’s sometimes okay not to share?
- Did Pig handle the situation well? What should/could he have done differently?
- Do you think, when Pig recovers, that he will be a good sharer and he and Trevor will be friends? What makes you think this?
- There are other books about Pig the Pug, would you like to read them?
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