At Apple Tree Farm, Ping Pong Pig spends his days trying to fly rather than doing chores, in a tale about a pig who refuses to be held down.
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Caroline Jayne Church is the beloved illustrator of dozens of children's books, many of which whe has also written. As a child she loved the countryside, and her most precious memories are spending long summer days playing with her sisters and their ponies. Her website is www.carolinejaynechurch.com.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1—Ping Pong wants to fly, and he jumps off anything he can climb to try to make his dream come true. His attempts at flying cause problems in the barnyard, and the other animals meet to decide what to do about the pig. Instead of punishing their bouncy friend, they give him a trampoline so that he can jump to his heart's content. He is so pleased with his new gift and their kindness that he uses his trampoline to undo all the messes he has made. This book is similar in style to Church's Little Apple Goat (Eerdmans, 2007). The story is simple and short, with only a few lines per spread, and it is set in a friendly, informal font that flows from page to page. The pictures are colorful and expressive. The animals are done with an economy of line, but have obvious personality. The well-worn theme of following a dream is complemented with a stronger theme of friendship and returning a kindness for a kindness. (However, adults may want to mention that it is not a good idea to jump out of a tree onto a trampoline.) Overall, this is a pleasant story with potential as a read-aloud.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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