There's a Pig in My Class!

There's a Pig in My Class! tr. from Swedish by Helle Martens. illus. by Charlotte Ramel. 32p. ebook available. Holiday House. Sept. 2014. RTE $16.95. ISBN 9780823431687. LC 2013045492.
PreS-Gr 1—During recess, a lonely pig from the farm next door breaks out of his pen and wants to go to school. The children quickly devise a plan to sneak him in by dressing him in their clothes—a sweater, pants, a scarf, and a hat. Once in the classroom, the new student enjoys making friends and an afternoon filled with storytime, playtime, lunch, and a nap. When the teacher, Tall Tina, discovers the pig after a bathroom break, she quickly shoos him back outside where he is once again the "loneliest pig in the world." A few pages later, Tall Tina finds a way for him to visit with his new friends by taking the class outside to learn about animals and nature. The detailed, pastel-hued illustrations fit the mood of this entertaining story.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
A lonely pig is dying to go to preschool, so some kids smuggle him in. They hide him by giving him their clothes, distracting the teachers, etc. The narration is notable: it's omniscient third person but ostensibly from a child's perspective (one student is "Honey Hair"; a teacher is "Tall Tina"). The delicately humorous art underscores the book’s core humanity.

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