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Wish, change, friend
Whybrow, Ian.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Little pig experiences the power of words and the joy of friendship.
General Note:
First published as The snow friends in Great Britain by Gullane Children's Books, London.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 55925.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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An avid reader, Little Pig discovers three new words in a book: wish, change, and friend. As he puts these three words together, an adventure unfolds, changing Little Pig's life as he discovers the joy of making new friends and the value of companionship. Full-color illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Impressionistic art fits surprisingly well with this concrete story of a little pig who likes to read. One of Little Pig's books contains three new words: wish, change, and friend. Little Pig wishes for a change and a friend. The change comes in the form of snow, and the wish is granted when he spies a snowman (called the more politically correct snow friend here), and Pig and friend set off and find a penguin who also likes reading. The three put their favorite words together (together being their most favorite of all) and start a bookstore. The art shows simply drawn characters set against gauzy watercolor backgrounds. Like the fit between the story and the art, the juxtaposition of the characters and the background is quite effective. Kids who are just learning to read will find a special pleasure in picking out words such as friend and wish, just the way Little Pig does. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Porcine and winged bibliophiles star in Whybrow's (Little Wolf's Book of Badness) quirky tale of discovery and friendship. Little Pig comes across three new words in a book: wish, change and friend. He wishes for a change and a friend and gets both when it snows and he makes a snowman. The two venture north, where a book-loving, igloo-inhabiting penguin asks them the meaning of pig and together, which Little Pig and his frosty companion ably describe. The wispy watercolor forms of the trio move across soft pastel landscapes and end up back at Little Pig's oak tree home, where they set up a "Friends Together Shop." In Beeke's (Book! Book! Book!) winsome artwork, several quaintly drawn animals, hedgehog and seal included, read and make snowmen together at the shop. When discussing which word they like best, Penguin chooses together, because "That one lasts the longest." Here the use of the new vocabulary becomes a bit forced: " `I like that one best, too,' said Little Pig and his snow friend, together." The power of books and friends to change lives is more effectively demonstrated through Beeke's charming illustrations, whose backgrounds convey the characters' diverse moods, from loneliness to contentment. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Whybrow acknowledges the power of words in this quiet picture book. Little Pig lives alone under an oak tree on the edge of the woods. His books keep him company. One day he reads the words, "wish," "change," and "friend." He closes his eyes and wishes for change and a friend. His wish is granted when snow brings change and he creates a snowman that becomes his friend. When a penguin asks them to help him decipher the words "pig" and "together," Little Pig explains that he is a pig and that he and the snowman are together. The three new friends think about words and they decide that they like the word "together" the best. They create a "Friends Together Shop" where animals meet, read books, and make new friends. The key words are highlighted in bold italics. Beeke's illustrations, which appear to be gouache and watercolor, enhance the dreamlike tone of the text with soft, dappled hues and gentle textures. The strength of these childlike illustrations lies in quiet restraint and subtle frivolity; a small black bird appears throughout, and Little Pig is a sweet pink fellow. Ideal for reading aloud, this unique picture book captures the wonder, and magic, of words and friendship.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.