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A Normal Pig

A NORMAL PIG

by: Steele, K-Fai
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description This charming picture book celebrates all our differences while questioning the idea that there is only one way to be “normal.” Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting, and dreaming of what she’ll be when she grows up. But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different. Suddenly she doesn’t like any of the same things she used to...the things that made her Pip. A wonderful springboard for conversations with children, at home and in the classroom, about diversity and difference. From School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1–What's normal to one pig isn't normal to all. That's what Pip learns when a new classmate meanly points out her differences. These exchanges end up bothering her quite a bit, because it shakes up her innocent understanding of the world. Noticing behavioral changes in her daughter, the little pig's mom decides that it's time for a lesson. Pip's view, which was based in a fairly homogeneous community, suddenly expands. In the city, there are pigs speaking various languages, pigs of all shapes and colors, and pigs doing many jobs. The trip raises the spotted porker's self-esteem so much, that she is able to defend her choices from then on. With animal designs, ink line art, and watercolors similar to Betsy Lewin's (illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo…), Steele's illustrations also have a mirthful charm. Her style is quite versatile too; when dealing with the heavier subject matter, she clearly expresses the character's complicated feelings through the art, in conjunction with the candid text. Most children will easily connect with Pip's situation, and all would benefit by learning from her example. VERDICT For those that are just getting exposed to the wider world, whether in school or elsewhere, Steele's impressive authorial debut has a valuable message about individuality and acceptance.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont. Review "For an author-illustrator debut, this is a standout." (Booklist (starred review)) "In her solo debut, Steele conveys how quickly a kid's world can unravel, but she also shows how powerful and comforting a wider perspective can be." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)) "Debut author/illustrator Steele communicates her message that 'normal' is in the eye of the beholder without a whiff of preachiness. Her cartoon pigs, done in watercolor with assured, black outlines, are appealing, and any child who feels they stand out in any way will identify and feel empowered.Delightful and important." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review)) From the Back Cover Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting, and dreaming of what she’ll be when she grows up. But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different. Suddenly she doesn’t like any of the same things she used to . . . the things that made her Pip. This charming picture book celebrates all our differences while questioning the idea that there is only one way to be “normal.” About the Author K-Fai Steele is an artist based in San Francisco, California. Some of her many interesting jobs and experiences include installing The Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, joining an artist collective and living in an old coffin factory in Philadelphia, building archival enclosures for very old books in a library, launching maker space programs for urban libraries, and advising educators nationally on ways that libraries and museums can be places of learning for youth. She is a Brown Handler Writer in Residence at the San Francisco Public Library, and is the 2019 James Marshall Fellow at the University of Connecticut. She is a recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship. A Normal Pig is her debut as an author-illustrator. You can learn more about her at k-faisteele.com.

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Product Code: 9780062748577
ISBN: 0062748572
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 2019-06-04
Number of Pages: 40 pages
Languages: English
Edition: Illustrated
Dimension: 8.58 x 0.51 x 11.42 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds