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Peck, Robert Newton
New York : Knopf, 1973
IL YA RL 5.0
ISBN 0394482352

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Young Rob Peck sometimes resents his family's strict Shaker upbringing. One day, Rob plays hooky from school after being teased by some of his classmates. On his way home, Rob comes across a neighbor's cow giving birth. The cow is in trouble and Rob is able to save both the calf and the cow. For his efforts, the cow thanks him by biting his arm and stomping him into unconsciousness. Rob spends a week in bed recovering. His neighbor is so greatful for Rob's efforts that he gives him a piglet.Rob spends his days with his pet Pinky. He confides in the pig in a way he could never open up to anyone else. Rob and Pinky share many adventures that show the reader the graphic nature of life on a farm in the 1920's. When Rob's father becomes ill, it is up to Rob to find a way to feed the family. Can Rob bring himself to sacrifice his pet? Read A DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE to find out.

Booktalk #2

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck is a book that many people havenít read, but the small percentage that have I bet the majority of them could not say a bad thing about it. It is indeed one of the best novels I have read. A farm boy in Vermont earns himself a pig, which he names Pinky. He experiences many things in his life with her and they seem to form what you could call a relationship. But all families have their troubles every now and again. There is not enough food in their household for them to eat, well at least not enough. He then has to make a decision, a decision to save his and his familyís lives. His very first pet that was actually HIS is now at the center of their relationship and his family.  To find out what decision Rob makes, read A Day No Pigs Would Die. (Laura S., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     Farm life -- Vermont -- Fiction
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction
                        Pigs -- Fiction


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