Author & Illustrator: Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Publisher: Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster, 2016
Themes: pigs, dreams, dancing
Peddles was just a pig.
He lived on a farm with other pigs, doing the usual pig things:
eating and sleeping
and oinking and rooting
Have you ever been tempted to lump all pigs into the same stall? Well let me stop your right there, or let me share Peddles’ story with you to help demonstrate the error of your ways. Peddles may do all the usual piggy activities but in his heart, he knows he’s destined for more. He dreams outside the pen and won’t let the other pigs dissuade him.
Peddles ideas grow more radical and impossible, but still unrealized until one day, some ole humans square dancing in the barn gives him a solid idea and a realization that what he really wants to do is dance. He isn’t stupid and knows you can’t dance without them boots, and off he goes in search of a pair. But Peddles is going to need more than a pair of red cowboy boots to reach his dream. Sometimes a little help from our friends is what we need to make those dreams come true.
Why I like this book:
Adorable strong characterization gives Peddles the quirk and courage to ignore the naysayers and pursue his dreams. There is gentle but persistent humor throughout the illustrations and the ending is so very satisfying. We root for Peddles and his
dogged pigged persistence in unconformity. Then we commiserate with the failure of his clever solution only to be lifted by friendship on the final spread.
Lots of white space and careful use of color to certain spreads makes the story visually very appealing and Stanton has powerful touch in her anthropomorphism.
I want to add some of the Peddles’ love that occurred during his birthday week last week on FB
Have the children draw their favorite farmyard animal with as much expression and characterization as they can. Then have them add just one item of clothing.
Read an interview I did with the author/illustrator here.
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