The Princess and the Pig (and an Amazon reminder)

The Princess and the Pig (and an Amazon reminder) November 25, 2013

My second grader brought this book home

and I admit, I groaned and thought, “Glahhh, another modern twist on an old fairy tale.  Oh gosheroodie, I wonder if we will learn that being a princess is all about following your heart and being true to yourself? Or perhaps she will be liberated from patriarchonormative concepts of worth, and end up finding fulfillment in some nontypical career that doesn’t involve pretty dresses?”

Well, we didn’t, and she wasn’t!  I won’t give away the plot of The Princess and the Pig, but I really liked this book.  It’s a cute little switched-at-birth story involving an underappreciated baby and a very average pig, and everybody ends up getting more or less what they deserve.  Funny, brisk, and satisfying, and shouldn’t be overshadowed in the glut of princess and anti-princess books out there.  The illustrations were more interesting than the cover suggests, too.

The author, Jonathan Emmett, also wrote Ruby, In Her Own Time

which my husband and I both found unexpectedly moving.  It’s just about some parents who are worried about one of their ducklings, but it turns out she’s okay, just kind of weird.

Please, note, neither one of these books is a message delivery product disguised as a story.  They’re just good stories that happen to reflect something true.  Isn’t it funny how we snicker at Victorians for their bizarre, finger-wagging ways, but it’s harder and harder to find a  21st century children’s book that doesn’t have a very clear lesson you can sum up in one sentence (and it’s usually something both lame and false).

Now for the reminder!  The links above all have my special Amazon code embedded in them; which means if you buy these books, or any other Amazon product (book or otherwise) after getting to Amazon through one of my links, I will get a percentage of the profit.  Of course, I only recommend books or products that I actually think are good.

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  • Dan F.

    I think my “Ad Block” blocks your Amazon link from appearing. Might be a good idea to create a page with a link at the top to go through for people like me that have Ad Block or a similar extension

    • simchafisher

      Thanks, Dan. I just added one.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Hmm. I have a toddler who loves both princesses and pigs (and dairy cows–can you tell we live in a rural area?). This might make it under the Christmas tree.

  • Anna Bloomfield

    I have an Amazon Smile account that gives a percentage of my purchase to my church, but only if I log into Amazon through Amazon Smile. Do you know if there is a way to access Amazon Smile through your blog? Or has Amazon set this up so that you can’t benefit both?

  • Emily

    Thanks for the review. I don’t look forward to going to the library anymore with my kids because the books just suck, honestly! This is so sad to me! I have a 2 and 4.5 year old and it’s a rare occasion I can find a good classic, much less a good “newbie.” We’ve gone through all the Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sednek and Arnold Lobel. Not quite sure where to turn now.
    Do you have any more ideas or resources for books for little people? My oldest has always kept attention with books that were probably too “old” for him, so I am not even picky about reading level. Please help!

    • Emily

      I thought I should add that the library nearest to us after our move is in a neighboring affluent town that has the craziest, awesomest toys all over the place that seem to change every month (!) and plenty of Captain Underpants, Olivia the Pig, and every other TV show or trendy book series at the time, but sadly, not a great selection of quality books, IMO. I really don’t think I’m being picky, I just think they have too much money and don’t spend it well!

  • LiveOaksandSpanishMoss

    Children’s books with more message than story suck. They were bad in Elsie Dinsmore, and they’re bad today. (I was spared from the modern version, but I can imagine). Kids can spot hypocrisy better than adults, and they see right through this garbage.