Published by Nancy Paulsen Books
Summary: “A different sort of piglet” appears in the pigpen one spring morning. She’s brown instead of pink; she barks instead of oinks; and she digs with her paws instead of with her snout. The other pigs comment on these differences, but Mama Pig loves all her children the same, and she names “her shining little one” Penny. One day, when the pigs are out playing, they come across a snake in their path. Penny uses some of her growls and barks to scare it away. Finally, her piggie siblings are impressed, and start trying to figure out how they can bark and growl too. 32 pages; ages 3-6.
Pros: Adorable illustrations of baby animals provide an easily accessible story about what it’s like to be different than other members of your family. This could easily lead to discussions about adoption or other issues where kids may see themselves as different from their siblings. I didn’t mean to do two pig books in a row, but if you want to have a piggie storytime, you are all set.
Cons: How are no humans noticing what’s going on in the pigpen?