Don't Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story
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.