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The life of a truffle-hunting pig is not easy! Unearthing delicious truffles all day without eating any is too hard for Bianca. After her very first bite, she and her piglets are banished to the forest where they meet up with a wolf. Award-winning illustrator Charles Santore–painting in a new style– has penned an original pig’s tale that feels like an old favorite.
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Charles Santore's work is included in the permanent collections of The Brandywine Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. Among his influences are N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Santore has won many awards–he was awarded the Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators; William the Curious garnered a 1998 Storytelling World Honor from Storytelling magazine; and among the numerous medals he has received from the Society of Illustrators, his most prized is a Gold Medal from the Original Art Show 2000 for A Stowaway on Noah’s Ark. His work has been included in traveling exhibitions, and both solo and group shows, such as "Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children's Book Illustration.” Santore's artwork for The Wizard of Oz is currently included in an Oz exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Summer 2006.
Charles Santore makes his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Grade 1-3–When Bianca, a truffle-hunting pig, discovers that eating the mushrooms is even better than finding them, her owner sends her and her piglets away. Despite a scary night alone, life in the fungi-filled deep woods seems like the perfect place for the porker and her young. But danger intrudes upon their bliss when a hungry wolf stops by looking for a meal. Before he can get a taste for pork, Bianca pops a truffle into his mouth. Quickly the wolf is hooked, and together they search for the delicious treat. When the rest of the pack comes looking for a less vegetarian meal, Bianca's wolf comes to her rescue and saves the day. Then, the truffle-loving wolf and the truffle-finding pig family live happily ever after. While Santore's descriptive text is effective in evoking fearful emotions, it is balanced with scenes of happiness and hints of humor. The creative placement of the type and the use of bold reinforce some of the action. Rich with fall hues, the oil illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. The detail of the full-page paintings and full-bleed spreads beautifully reinforces the emotions and actions of the tale. A good choice for one-on-one sharing or to juxtapose with a story of a big bad wolf.–Catherine Callegari, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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Book Description Random House Books for Young R, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110375829466
Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0375829466
Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0375829466