Pug Meets Pig
Author: Sue Lowell Gallion
Illustrator: Joyce Wan
Published September 27th, 2016 by Beach Lane Books
Summary: An unlikely pair—a pug and a pig!—realize that it’s better to be together.
Pug is a very happy pup. He has his own yard, his own bowl, and even his own cozy bed! That is, until Pig moves in and starts eating from Pug’s bowl, interrupting Pug’s routine, and, worst of all, sleeping in Pug’s bed. Will Pug and Pig ever learn to live together as friends?
This sweet and silly story about a darling duo celebrates the timeless themes of embracing change, being kind to others, and finding friends in unlikely places.
About the Author: Sue Lowell Gallion is a printer’s daughter, so she has a life-long love of type, paper, and the aroma of ink. Her work has been published in magazines including Highlights and High Five, and she loves sharing books with kids as a volunteer tutor. Pug Meets Pig is her debut picture book. A second Pug and Pig adventure, Pug & Pig Trick or Treat, is coming in fall 2017. Sue lives with her family in Leawood, Kansas. Visit her at suegallion.com and follow her on Twitter at @SueLGallion.
Kellee’s Review: Pug’s story is a perfect read aloud for preschool and early ed students who are learning how to deal with change. Pug may be a dog, but he has traits that so many kids will identify with: comfortable, stubborn, etc. And pig can symbolize any crazy change that happens in someone’s life. But it is how Pug ends up dealing with the “problem” that shows him who he truly is–what a great discussion to have with kids!
Ricki’s Review: What a charming book! Pug is happy in his life and everything is going well until Pig arrives. It’s a bit ironic that Kellee and I chose to review this book on the day my second son is going to arrive because it is perfect for teaching kids how to share and be understanding of others. It was very easy for my son to make connections between this book and the arrival of his new baby brother. We talked about how it is important to understand how others might be different from us. Further, we had a wonderful discussion about how sharing with others might actually make us happier, too. I love this book and think it would be a fantastic addition to any home or library. Readers will fall in love with the illustrations and characterization of Pug and Pig! It made us giggle!
Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: Download the teaching guide and activity on the author’s webpage: http://suegallion.com/teacher-resources/
Discussion Questions: Why did Pug have trouble with Pig moving into his house?; What finally made him realize that he may have been overreacting?; What character traits would you use to describe Pug at the beginning of the book? End of the book? Pig?
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Pug Meets Pig plus some treats for your favorite pooch (or pig!)–a goodie bag of dog biscuits and a tennis ball! (U.S. addresses; one entry per person.)
**Thank you to Barbara at Blue Slip Media for having us be part of the blog tour!**
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