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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Piper loves spending time with her Grandma. Every year, Piper is allowed to spend a week with Grandma, all by herself. She calls it Camp Grandma. Since Grandma lives on a farm, there is always lots to do. There are animals to feed and baking to do, all of it with just Grandma and Piper. This year is special because Grandma believes that Piper is old enough to help feed the animals. She even gets to help prepare Grandma’s prize pig, Poppy, for the State Fair competition. Piper feels very important and very grown up, but when she forgets the one rule that Grandma had given her and then lies about it, Piper has an even bigger lesson to learn.
Authors Susanne Blumer and Annaliese Blumer’s picture book, Piper Periwinkle and the Prize-Winning Pig, is a charming story about a little girl and her special time spent at Grandma’s farm. But it’s not just a simple story; it is a story that teaches two valuable lessons to young readers. Grown-ups give children instructions for a reason and when these instructions are disobeyed, even if the intention is well-meaning, then things can go terribly wrong. Fortunately, in Piper’s case, no one was injured, but sometimes disobeying adults can cause injury. The other valuable lesson is about telling the truth. Children don’t want to get into trouble, well, no one does. When they do something that they know is wrong, they often make up stories or lie. They think that the lie will keep them out of trouble. The only problem is that lies often lead to bigger lies and, in the end, it’s really important to tell the whole truth, even if it means punishment like weeding the garden. Piper has a lot to learn and so do all children. With colorful illustrations and an intriguing plot, this story can help young readers appreciate the importance of obeying instructions and telling the truth. Well told. Well illustrated.