by Arnold Lobel
This is a cute story written in 1969. The farmer's wife cleans the mud puddle in the pigpen since she thinks is the dirtiest spot in the whole farm. Small pig is angry with her and decides to run away. Looking for a new mud puddle he arrives to the city, and ends into trouble... Thankfully those who care for him will be there to save Small pig.
Small pig learns that he is welcome in the farm, that is his home too. The farmer and his wife missed the pig they think is the best pig in the world. They promised to be more tolerant.
This story is good as a trigger to talk about how sometimes it could be differences between persons that love each other, and how it's possible to go over them. A little patience and tolerance could be the solution.
The illustrations (made by the author too) are simple (mostly in back, yellow, green and blue) but nice. Some of them are pretty funny. They don't distract the reader.
This is a transitional book. It is not divided in chapters but it has page numbers.
Age range: 6 to 10 years old.