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Don't Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story

Book Review:

This is a wonderful informational book about javalinas and the Sonoran Desert. Conrad Storad is able to integrate humor and information within rhyming text. The book describes the habitat where javalinas live, along with their favorite foods, habits and how they interact with each other. At the end of the story, there is a detailed information page that gives more specific details about these hairy, pig-like animals.

The illustrators, Beth Neely and Don Rantz, did a wonderful job of bringing Storad's text to life. They use watercolors, pen and ink to create illustrations that are animated, humorous, colorful, and detailed. The illustrations are mainly double spread and realistic with some expressionistic art designed to enhance the text. I feel this book makes a great read aloud to a whole group or to individual students.



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