Title: The Tale of Little Pig RobinsonThe Tale of Little Pig Robinson
Author: Beatrix Potter
Pages: 123
Reading Level: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★

Once upon a time, there was a cosy thatched cottage called Piggery Porcombe. In that cottage there lived three pigs – Miss Dorcas, Miss Porcas, and Little Pig Robinson. Little Pig Robinson was the nephew of the Misses Dorcas and Porcas, and he was often on the trot helping his aunts with chores and crying “Wee, wee, wee!” But none of the three pigs dreamed that Little Pig Robinson might be in any danger when he set off to market to buy the cabbage seed, darning wool, and soap that his aunts needed. No indeed! But he was in danger, for when he attended market, he was met and befriended by a ship’s cook…

Before Little Pig Robinson knows what is happening, he has been hoisted aboard Pound of Candles and is out at sea! It really is too horrible a thought, but it seems that the sailors want to eat him! Is there any way that Little Pig Robinson can escape from the doom awaiting him?

Discussion.

In Beatrix Potter’s world, animals dress and act like humans – they run tea shops and town markets and live in houses with windows and spinning wheels. They also talk with one another, and occasionally with humans.

Once you get past this premise (or if it never bothered you in the first place), there is nothing to caution against Little Pig Robinson. Of course, when we realize that the sailors want to eat Little Pig Robinson, we experience qualms of horror, but other than that it’s low-key. : )

Conclusion. Not so sweet as others of Miss Potter’s stories, but still cute.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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