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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 140830063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408300633
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.5 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before I could walk I was painting and drawing. I was desperate to go to school and cried after my first day, because they hadn't taught me how to read and write in one day. When I was a child, I painted, drew and wrote all the time as I moved with my family around the world, living in houses, flats and camper vans moving from school to school, sometimes home ed., and back to school again. We always had animals, usually strays we picked up on the way and they were often my closest friends. I have continued to travel, write, draw and paint, always with animals, living in squats, tents, vans and boats. As a mature student I studied a BA in illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and won the highest awards given in the Macmillan Children's Book Prize for both my final two years. I had a great success with the DAISY picture books and EBB AND FLO, whose characters were brought to life on television.

I am now, after many years of living on an old fishing boat with my husband whilst travelling around the Mediterranean(the same one featured in SHIP'S CAT DORIS and EBB and FLO), have settled with a rescued horse and a donkey in a barn we're converting in France.
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"Told in a realistic but sympathetic style throughout, the book is rich in opportunities f9r discussion and reflection about themes all of which are pertinent to children today. Well worth buying for the library and also the classroom" (Books for Keeps)

".. packed with adventure and mystery." (School librarian)

"slightly kookie and totally hilarious - we want more Beryl books, please!." (National Geographic Kids)

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A beautifully illustrated tale of friendship, belonging and being free.

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By Mr. P. D. Saunders on 27 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a sensitively written tale of a small pig's search to find her true home and the trials and tribulations that she suffers to get there. The beautiful black and white illustrations complement the storyline to make the book a truly captivating read for children of all ages.
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fantastic story telling for children (7-9) which deals with tough real life issues in a very engaging and appropriate way
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i love this book i reccomend it to any one who likes to sit down and imagane yourself in a book
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Excellent children's book! 17 Nov 2011
By WillowCreek - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was my son's first real novel (he is 7 years old). He read the entire book in 5 days... and he is normally not one to enjoy reading - he likes dinosaurs, bugs, etc. He couldn't put this book down!
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Wonderful Book! 10 Nov 2011
By Teakford - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book with my 8 year old daughter and we both loved it! Very satisfying story with a wonderful, ethical message! I would highly recommend it. Wish it came it audiobook form, my daughter would enjoy listening to this book again and again!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A great story for kids 23 Feb 2010
By Brittany Moore - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Beryl just wants to find a home where she is loved. After her mom died when she was born, Beryl was left with her aunt and two cousins. She was treated like Cinderella and was waiting for her prince to rescue her. When the aunt tricks the farmer into taking Beryl off to the slaughter house, Beryl knows she must escape, even if it means going into the wild. When she finds wild pigs she has to decide whether they can be trusted, or if they will be dangerous and try to attack her like she grew up knowing.

This was a fast little read. I enjoyed it as much as I can, it was a bit younger than I typically enjoy. This story did deal greatly with prejudice though. I find a lot of middle grade novels really address global issues that help serve as an introductions for young readers into the greater scheme of things. If you had a younger sibling or cousin, this would sere as a great present if they don't mind talking animals. I usually don't enjoy it when animals can talk but this had almost and Animal Farm feel about the way the animals were anthropomorphized. I sort of wished Dew was a boy, I just kept thinking of him as male the whole time I was reading; it seemed fitting. I loved the illustrations in this book especially the little piggy prints that would randomly crop up on a page. This book had some sad moments and some happy moments and all in all it was a good journey and a good read.

First Line:
"Beryl sat in her sty."

Favorite Line:
"'But we're not allowed in, and I'm so pink!' said Beryl."

Disclaimer: I was sent this item to review. This does not influence my opinion.
Great book, exciting and fast moving. 21 Dec 2013
By shadow - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Purchased for granddaughter - 9 (excellent, advanced reader)....good dialogue, great characters with instant personalities so it was easy to get involved. She finished in 2 days.
Cute, cute, cute! 3 Jun 2012
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Format: Paperback
I've always been a pig lover, and this book was adorable. All pig lovers will love this book. It makes you worry in some places, and it makes you excited! It also makes you sad, but it also makes you happy! It makes you every emotion possible! Except angry, of course. Anyway, I loved this book!
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