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Emmett’s Pig

By Mary Stolz
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Published by Harper Collins, 2003

Emmett loves pigs. He has pictures of pigs, piggy banks, pig toys and bedroom decorations. The only thing is, he has never even seen a pig, because he doesn’t grow up in the country. For his birthday, his parents surprise him by bringing him to a farm and letting him adopt a pig, whom he names King Emmett. Once a month, his parents bring him to the farm so he and Kind Emmett can spend time together. (As this is a farm, I cringe to think of what will happen on the day that Emmett is big enough to eat!)

This book is a good one to use when talking about the differences between towns and cities, and also talking about future aspirations. For example, Emmett wants to be a farmer.

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At Night

At Night

Written and Illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

In this book, a young girl in a big city is having a hard time sleeping in the confines of her bedroom.  She takes her pillow and blanket up the stairs to the top of the building and sleeps under the stars instead.  This is a tiny adventure, but small children will appreciate her willingness to follow her desires as well as by comforted that the girl’s mother watches over her as she slumbers.

Great geography connection, and talking about buildings in large cities upon which people plant gardens, have barbecues and generally utilize as their communal “lawn.”

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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