Jasmine’s dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself…
In the first in the series, A Piglet Called Truffle, Jasmine rescues a tiny little piglet from certain death. But Jasmine’s parents don’t believe in farm animals being pets and insist that Truffle must be sold as soon as she’s big enough. Jasmine is desperate to give Truffle a home for life. Perhaps a heroic rescue on a freezing, stormy night will show that Truffle is truly part of the family?
Brilliant story-telling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.
Out March 2020
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
I love everything about this series. Coming from farm folks, and Naturalists (bit of a contradiction), I learned from an early age to appreciate animals and their value to us and this planet.
This cute chapter book can also be for early readers, easy reading and special needs kids. It teaches about animal rescues, farming, caring for animals and loving animals. Full of antics and fun, humor and funny situations abounds in the story to engage and captivate readers. Compassion and empathy are valued by the character and shown continuously in the story highlighting kindness and understanding.
The pig called Truffle, (ironic since pigs are used to find truffles–mushrooms), is full of spit and vinegar and is very intelligent, learning tricks and helping find guinea pigs with the main character. Farm life is elaborated on, showing hard work and care for land and animals.
This is a great read for children and would make a great school library book recommendation. Life in country settings should be highlighted more for kids so that they know there’s more to life than just technology although a lot of technology is now used while farming.
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