by Rodrigo Folgueira
Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013. 32 pages.
As a group of frogs are minding their own business, a pig joins
them. The pig says "Ribbit!" The frogs are aghast. Is this pig trying to
mock them? Other woodland creatures come by to observe as the pig
continues to say "Ribbit!" They talk amongst themselves about the
pig who isn't doing what he ought to. Finally, they seek out the wise
old beetle to tell them how they should deal with this pig. The beetle
helps them realize that maybe the pig is just looking for new friends.
At this point, the pig has disappeared. Is it too late for a new
friendship to begin?
Folgueira's sweet and lightly
humorous book deals with judgement and gossiping in a way young children
can understand without being too emotional or heavy. The pig who goes
out of his way to make new friends is a great role model. I love that
despite the rejection he receives, the pig keeps up his mission to make
new friends. This book is a great for reading aloud and following up
with a discussion. Bernatene's textured illustrations are lovely.