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Little Flower
Rand, Gloria.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Miss Pearl falls and breaks her hip, her potbellied pig Little Flower goes for help.
Reading Level:
AD 600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 58538.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 1 Quiz: 37039 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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The heartwarming story of a brave little pig who becomes a hero. Little Flower is a very smart pig. She has learned lots of tricks, but one of them is really special: she can play dead! Miss Pearl is proud of her pet's talents. The neighbors like the trick too, so Little Flower gets lots of practice.Then one day Miss Pearl falls and hurts herself. Nobody hears her calls for help, and Little Flower is worried. What can one small pig do? Suddenly she has an idea. Little Flower uses her trick to get help for Miss Pearl and becomes a hero.This heartwarming story is based on a true tale of a brave little pig.

Author Notes

Gloria Rand is the author of several books for children. Little Flower was inspired by a true story. Ms. Rand lives with her husband on Mercer Island in Washington State. R. W. Alley has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including the Paddington series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit R.W. Alley at his web site:

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Little Flower, old Miss Pearl's pet potbelly pig, can do one trick: she can play dead. When Miss Pearl falls in the kitchen and can't get up, Little Flower tries to bring help, without success. Finally, she plays dead in the middle of the road, brings the car to a screeching halt, and draws the driver to the house to rescue Miss Pearl. The neighbors all help care for Little Flower, who pines for Miss Pearl while she is in the hospital. The story ends, a bit unexpectedly, just beforeMiss Pearl's return, with Little Flower cheered up by the neighbors' attention, appreciation, and party preparations. Children will find plenty to entertain them in a book that is illustrated with Alley's cheerful ink drawings and brightened with colorful washes that offer plenty of expressive faces and interesting details to enjoy. The little pig is a sympathetic character for young children, who are also eager to help. Carolyn Phelan.

Publisher's Weekly Review

A porcine pet named Little Flower becomes a big hero in this upbeat and poignant tale inspired by a real-life incident. Miss Pearl adores her talented and amiable potbellied pig, Little Flower. Even most of the neighbors are impressed when the pig masters the old trick "play dead." But Little Flower's penchant for keeling over saves the day when Miss Pearl falls inside her home and can't get up. The pig plays dead in the middle of the road until a driver stops and follows her up to Miss Pearl's house. Rand's (A Home for Spooky) straightforward text contains flashes of both humor and drama. As the action unfolds, young readers will instantly root for the determined and devoted Little Flower (and probably be amazed by her efforts). Alley's kicky ink-and-watercolor artwork captures the warmth of the bond between a proud pet owner and her beloved porcine companion. Lots of homey details kitschy soap dispensers, reading glasses, tea cups, a white picket fence and closely cropped lawns give Miss Pearl's place a cozy, lived-in look and make the neighborhood seem like a genuinely friendly place. Ages 4-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Plucky Little Flower, Miss Pearl's potbellied pig, knows how to play dead. Some of the neighbors are amused, but not the Highchews. When Miss Pearl falls and can't get up, Little Flower takes her act to the porch, the gate, and then to the middle of the street to get help for her friend and owner. She attracts the attention of a motorist and leads him to the woman, who is taken to the hospital. The Highchews have a change of heart or humor and help care for Little Flower. When the neighbors throw a party in honor of Miss Pearl's return home, they declare Little Flower a hero. Alley's colorful cartoon illustrations, full of whimsical detail and a variety of pig curios, suit the text delightfully. They flow from page to page with variety and verve, leaving ample white space. The community depicted is a mix of homey folks with a fitting range of ethnicities. Little Flower can stand proud.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.