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Henrietta Hen and the other residents of her apartment building are distressed when they learn that their new neighbor is a pig, and assuming all pigs are messy, each animal looks for reasons to dislike the newcomer. Jr Lib Guild.
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Ages 4-7. Doctor Fox, Henrietta Hen, and Nick Hare take one look at the animal moving into their tidy apartment building and immediately jump to conclusions. They declare the pig will be a "messy and dirty and sloppy" neighbor and set out to fulfill their own prophecy. The three friends aren't "a bit surprised" when Theodore Pig drops firewood on the sidewalk, spills flour in the hallway, and tracks mud (actually, clay) up the staircase. They assume others are cleaning up for him; however, children witness the pig cheerfully sweeping, mopping, and scrubbing. Soon enough, the trio of neighbors must face their mistaken assumptions. Theodore politely invites them to share the products of his labor: a cozy fire in the fireplace, freshly-baked cinnamon cookies, and a new game complete with little clay figures resembling the fox, hen, and hare. Fries' sunny watercolors in an oversize format reinforce Theodore Pig's sense of spick-and-span and accent the humor. Pair with Janie Bynum's Otis [BKL My 15 00] and meet a new generation of particular pigs. Amy Brandt
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In German author/illustrator Fries's fable-like tale, three animals expect the worst when a pig moves into their apartment building. "Everyone knows that pigs are messy and dirty and sloppy," states Henrietta Hen. Seeing what they want to see, she and two neighbors eagerly report to one another on the transgressions of their new neighbor, whom they spy dropping pieces of firewood on the sidewalk, a bag of flour by the stairwell and what appears to be mud (but is actually clay) in the hall. What they don't see is Theodore the pig's subsequent diligence in cleaning up after himself. While they gossip, the ambitious pig busily builds a fire in his fireplace, bakes cookies and fashions clay game pieces in the likeness of each neighbor for a parlor game. When the neighbors call on Theodore to complain, they learn the embarrassing truth but become fast friends. Diverting details abound in Fries's cartoonish watercolors, which effectively reinforce this tale's warning about judging by appearances. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
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