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This review is from: The Peppermint Pig (Puffin Books) (Paperback)
The story is a real, full-bodied account of a family and the struggles they encounter whilst in early 20th century England. As the father decides to follow his career and money aspirations in America, the rest of the family take to relatives (aunties etc) in order to scrape by in the times of dramatic change. Poll and Theo, the main children in the tale, face many difficult times ahead, but their emotional state is buoyed by the new addition to the family: a little pig called Johnnie, whom their mother bought for just a shilling.
Bawden's style in this particular book is slow-paced, true but quaint. The interaction between characters feels genuine enough if a little Dickensian, as the colloquialisms and sentence structures always follow a form of etiquette that now seems dated.
Personally I found this an unrewarding read for the first few chapters and can be a hard read to become excited about. The book would be best suited for Years 4 - 6 and readers that do not demand a fast pace and action in order to keep their interest.
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2013 18:08:04 GMT
This heart rending story of the troubles of a family as poll father goes away to calafornia in search of a job. But soon there mother buys a piglet for a shilling most suited for ages 8-12
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