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All Pigs Are Beautiful - Dick King Smith

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Illustrator: Anita Jeram / Paperback: 32 pages / Publisher: Walker / Published: 7 Jan 2008

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      22.08.2013 11:08
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      Pretty, Educational book for over 4's

      My little boy had a selection of books brought for him as a gift for his birthday. All Pig Are Beautiful was part of the set.

      The cover of this book is quite cute with a Mummy pig surrounded by a dozen piglets. The title is coloured in different browns. Also stated on the cover written by Dick King-Smith and illustrated by Anita Jeram. This version is a paperback book approximately 30cm x 25cm.

      This book is pure and simple about PIGS!! On the first page there are pictures of different pig breed with their names underneath. The book then goes on to tell you about the pigs - what they like, what they don't like, where you'll see them, how to care for them.


      All pages are illustrated with an interesting pig picture relevant to the piggy fact on that page. The illustrations are bold in colour, most colours that have been used are pastels.

      Me and my 2 year old boy have read this a dozen times however it doesn't keep him interested longer enough to reach the end.

      This is an enjoyable book but maybe better for an older child, for us this is back on the book self and will remain there for a couple of years no doubt.

      I would recommend this book as I find in interesting and educational however I would say it's better aimed at over 4 year olds. Currently on sale at Amazon for £5.99.

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        23.04.2013 17:20
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        A lovely book all about pigs

        I hate when it comes to my daughter's birthday or Christmas as I always get the 'what does she want' question. Last year I told her nan from up country to send down some books as she could never have too many. When it came to my daughter's birthday she had a huge amount of books including this one.

        All Pigs are Beautiful is written by Dick King-Smith and illustrated by Anita Jeram. It is a paperback book with 32 pages in total, it's quite a big book and measures approximately 27cm x 25cm.

        The book is about anything and everything to do with pigs and their surroundings. It begins with the first double page spread being covered in pictures of different breeds of pigs and their names. It goes on to tell us that the Large White pig is the one we are most likely to see at the farm. The story carries on and tells us everything about pigs, their likes and dislikes and how to care for them. Most pages are also illustrated and there are small caption facts that coincide with the picture.

        This book immediately appealed to my daughter when she opened this on her third birthday, I think this is mainly due to the cute picture of a pig and her piglets on the front cover. However, when it came to reading her the story she got bored before we got halfway through. There is quite a lot of text on each page and I think this is why she wasn't that interested. She did like pointing to the pictures and describing what she could see. We've tried reading it often but she has never kept full attention until the end so I think this is more suited to slightly older children, maybe 5 years plus where they can find all the facts interesting.

        The illustrations are lovely and it is easy to identify what is going on in each one. The colours are subtle but effective and I think they really go well with the story being told. The attention to detail in each picture is fantastic, the farm scenes include pictures of horses and tractors in the background and it helps picture the pigs in their own surroundings. Different pages in the book feature quite small illustrations but there are a couple of double page spreads that feature big pictures more than text so it's nice to turn the page and see a different set up with the words and pictures.

        I quite enjoyed reading this All Pigs are Beautiful. It's nice to learn a little about pigs even if my daughter isn't interested. Although she can't hold her attention for the whole story, I definitely think this is a book my daughter can grow into, so to speak.

        ISBN: 9781406311969
        RRP: £5.99

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