The Princess and the Pig, written by Jonathan Emmett, is a wonderful story about a baby of the King and Queen who is switched mysteriously with a farmer’s pig. The queen insists that this occurred as a form of punishment because “that sort of thing happens all the time in books.” This phrase is uttered throughout the book and each time it is, there is a book being held in the hands of the character who stated it. The phrase uttered is obviously a reference to the book held and the title on it.
The farmer knew without a doubt it was not his pig and tried to tell the king and queen that they think the baby is their child. However, the king and queen were insistent she was not theirs (because this kind of thing happens all the time in books). The farmer decided that since he and his wife wanted children (and this was their blessing) that they would raise her. As the story progresses (and the humor your students will absolutely adore!), the princess enjoys her life as the farmer’s daughter and the pig is just miserable trying to be a princess.
The Princess and the Pig is a great mentor text that will pique the interest of all your students because of its humor. It is definitely funny and adorable. In addition to exploring the story elements (this is a great book for setting, characters, and theme), I think it could be a jumping point to exploring the books mentioned. For instance, the story references Puss and Boots, The Frog Prince, The Prince and the Pauper, and Sleeping Beauty. How fun would it be to explore those books together as a class and discuss the points “that happen all the time in books.” Further, you could use it as a way to explore text to text connections.
Regardless of how you use it, this mentor text is sure to be a class favorite! Head to Amazon (aff. link) and pick up The Princess and the Pig for your class today!
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