Don’t Call Me Pig! – A Javelina Story (Conrad J. Storad, Illustrated by Beth Neely & Don Rantz)

By , October 3, 2007 8:34 pm

This funny book teaches children and adults alike about javelinas (pronounced: “HAVELEENA”) and yes, most people think that they are a variety of wild pig – nope, they are “peccaries.”

As a resident of Arizona, we actually encounter javelinas from time to time, and these encounters are all the more interesting now that we have learned so much from this wonderful book! My children adore this book and love shouting out the oft repeated refrain: “Don’t call me pig!”

In addition to the fun, rhyming text, the book features marvelous and funny illustrations of the javelinas. Both the text and the illustrations describe their physical characteristics and their life in a manner that is appealing even to young children.

For adults who want the straight facts, there are two pages at the end of the book that discuss javelinas in a more narrative manner. This book should appeal to any child who is curious about wildlife, or the southwestern United States. It would be a great book for teachers too. My kids learned a lot, and so did I!

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One Response to “Don’t Call Me Pig! – A Javelina Story (Conrad J. Storad, Illustrated by Beth Neely & Don Rantz)”

  1. Kim Hosey says:

    Love this book! I interviewed the author, and my son received an autographed copy of the book and a stuffed javelina from the deal.

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