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Little Pink Pup

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Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn?t think he would survive? so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn?t mind that Pink looked nothing like them?he was just their size. This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink?s relationship have appeared on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share.

32 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2010

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Johanna Kerby

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2,502 reviews27 followers
January 5, 2020
OH MY GOODNESS SO CUTE!! I am absolutely ga-ga over 1) cute animals and 2) mis-placed mothering in the wild/domestic arena. This book flipped both of those switches and I LOVED it. My poor heart could barely take it and the dogs in a ten mile radius were all baying due to the high-pitched “squee-ing” coming from me as I read this. 5, all the cuteness, stars!
23 reviews
April 25, 2012
This Children's Choice Award picture book was very entertaining even for me so I can only imagine how young kids would react and enjoy this book. It starts off that a litter of pigs is born and there is one out of the bunch that is the smallest one which is called the runt. "PINK" who is the runt is too small and weak to be with the other piglets so the owner of the farm brings it into the house where there is a dachshund with puppies as well. She takes the piglet in as one of her own even though he is much different from her puppies that she is raising. She raises him until her is big and strong enough to be out in the barn with the other pigs and animals.

I think this book had awesome illustrations the whole way through to demonstrate what was happening on each page and also to show the realness of it all. I think this book teaches a lesson on how everyone is different but being accepting of others can make a difference in someones life. It also shows a mother's unconditional love no matter what the circumstances may be. I think the main theme was to accept others and their differences.

Setting: Farm
Characterization: Character's are developed through the roles they play in the plot
Plot: Conflict between character and nature
Implied Reader:Filling in the gaps
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Author 4 books2,969 followers
October 22, 2017
I don’t give a s*** if this is a picture book or not, I read it, it’s adorable and deserves this review!

What’s it about?
It’s a true story of a little pig that isn’t big enough to live with his pig family so the family lets the pig live with their dogs like a little puppy!

Why it gets 5 stars:
It’s a nice story.
It’s sometimes pretty humorous.
The pictures of the pig and the puppies are adorable!
There’s a relatable message about being different not being a bad thing which is something I like!

It’s a cute book and I enjoyed it. I don’t care if it’s a children’s book or not, an enjoyable book is an enjoyable book so I would recommend it! It’s a fun, cute, short read that is worth reading! 🐶🐷

P.S. I don’t care how cute that pig is, I still eat lots of bacon!

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39 reviews
September 23, 2013
Very cute book! It talks about a pig who is the runt of a litter and is to small to stay in the barn because the other piglets are growing rapidly and the pink pup is to small to stay with them. The pink pup is brought into the house and raised with the dachshund pups. The pups make him feel right at home and don't notice that he is a different color or breed. They treat him just as if he is one of there own! Very family oriented! Acceptance is everything!
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1,048 reviews13 followers
September 16, 2016
I read this while I was working and didn't realize I read it before. Back in 2012. So I read it again. Not a bad thing.

A cute little book about a cute little pig. Poor little Pink. He's the runt of the litter and is adopted by Tink, a little dog herself. There is an awww on every page. Plus it's a true story. Kids will absolutely love reading about Pink and Tink.
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4,694 reviews14.1k followers
May 11, 2013
Awww that is just so sad and than a little later, so sweet, or so my four yr. old granddaughter said when I read her this book. Cute book that shows to never give up on the one who is different, that their is always someone willing to accept them. Adorable story with a strong message.
1,970 reviews22 followers
February 14, 2020
So freakin' sweet! And a true story!! The pictures are just priceless. Super adorable and just warm fuzzies all over.

This would be a great title for a storytime on pigs, dogs, farm animals, or family. Or as a gift for an adult who needs a pick-me-up from a really crummy day (like I said, warm fuzzies all over!).
40 reviews1 follower
February 22, 2022
Based on a real story! the pictures in the book were real-life pictures of a pig living among other puppies. I think this book portrays an important message of how not everyone may look like you but that does not mean you cannot be best friends or even siblings. Great message to a great and super cute story.
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79 reviews1 follower
March 12, 2018
A simple book about compassion, families and acceptance. I look forward to reading this to my grand-daughter when she is a bit older and can understand the message. I'm sure that she will love the photos as much as I did.
60 reviews
March 23, 2018
This is an adorable book about a little piggy that was the runt of litter. It tells the story of how the piggy was raised by the family dog. Its a unique story with the pictures all being real because its a real story.
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89 reviews1 follower
May 5, 2018
Great story for people who have been adopted. It shows that the people who love you and care for you are really your clan, no matter who you came from, and that what they do for you never leaves you, even when you’re grown.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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706 reviews20 followers
December 30, 2018
2.5? Super cute pictures, but kind of weird. Like, had this pig not been a runt, it would have been slaughtered like the rest of it's family, but by chance it wasn't and that's supposed to be heartwarming, I guess. Happy for this pig, sad for the pigs who don't have the same experience.
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5,202 reviews24 followers
March 13, 2019
When born into the drift, Pink was the runt of the litter, and was pushed away by the drove during feeding time. Pink was taken inside, and Tink, a dachshund mom accepted Pink in with her litter of puppies, where he was welcomed by his new siblings.
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779 reviews9 followers
November 19, 2019
This one was okay. The pictures aren't great (in-focus) and the sentences are short and basic. Definitely for a younger crowd.
September 29, 2015
Plot: This is a true story of how a little pig, who was the runt of the litter, kept being pushed out of the way by his siblings and could not eat. So the owners took "Pink" and put him in the house with their Dachshund mom so that he could be taken care of. Little Pink Pup tells the story of how even though the mom dog knew Pink was not like the others, it did not matter, she loved him anyway. In his new home Pink was able to eat and not be pushed out of the way, snuggle and play with his new siblings, and sleep in a comfy bed. Pink even got to visit the other pigs in the barn every once in a while and then he would go right back inside with his family. This book teaches us that even though you may be different, everyone should be taken care of and loved!

Literary Merit: This book shows kids that they should accept everyone for who they are, no matter who they are or what they look like! It is a true story and has the actual pictures of Pink, her siblings and the mom pup! Kids will love being able to see what baby pigs and puppies look like in real-life. It teaches a lesson while also exposing them to other animals.

Genre Considerations: This is a non-fiction story of a true story of love and acceptance through animals. This is a picture book that shows friendship through animals and relates it back to humans. It is a Baker's Dozen book as well.

Reader Response/Classroom Considerations: I loved this book because you do not know it is a true story until the very end. I love that you can see the actual pictures of Pink with her new family and how happy he looks. I think it shows a lot of love and acceptance and makes anyone happy!

I would use Little Pink Pup for my classroom because it is a non-fiction book and teaches children a lesson of love and acceptance. It teaches them to care for anyone who needs their help, no questions asked. I think kids will love being exposed to actual pictures of pigs instead of just drawings. It will be a great addition to the classroom library!
October 29, 2014
"Little Pink Pup" was an inspiring story about a pig who was the runt of his family. Because he was so small the family who took care of him did not think he would survive like the rest of his family, so they brought him to live inside of their house. When inside Pink, which was this little pig's name, met Tink, who was a dachshund mother of her own puppies. However, Tink began to care for Pink just like he was one of her own. Pink began to do things like the rest of his dachshund family and soon began to grow healthy and strong.
This story really shows that a family does not have to all look the same. Pink looked very different from the dachshund puppies, but none of them cared. He was just their size and was friendly. Tink helped the little pig by nursing him back to health, just like she would for any of her puppies. It is great for children to see this because they can point out similarities and differences. It also creates an emotional response for young children because they begin to really care about Pink the little pig. Students can imagine other animal pairs and discuss that animals can adopt each other just like we can adopt them. This can help them learn what adoption means but be aware that there may be some children who are sensitive to this subject.
This book would be great for kindergarten to about second grade. The students who are younger can look at the pictures and be able to talk about it being a true story with real pictures. You can also relate this book to other books about pigs and dogs.
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41 reviews
December 6, 2012
“One cold night, twelve piglets were born in a barn. The smallest one was named Pink.” This is the story of Pink who was the runt of the litter. Pink was so small that he wasn’t able to get to his mom for food. His brothers and sisters just pushed him aside. Pink’s owners decided to bring him inside their home to take care of him.
Tink was the family dog. She was a new dachshund and had one puppy of her own but cared for others too. When Tink seen little Pink, she decided to care for him too. Tink fed Pink and cared for him just like she would her own little pup. Pink did not look like Tink’s other puppies but she didn’t mind and neither did Pink’s new “brothers and sisters”! Pink grew stronger and stronger. He played with his siblings and cuddled with them too.
Pink would sometimes go to the barn to visit his biological family. His brothers and sisters had grown to about 20 pounds each. Little Pink only weighed 3 pounds. Pink was always happy to go back in the house with his doggie family. Pink grew and grew. He ate dog food like the other pups. He became the “Little Pink Pup!”
March 15, 2014

Pink, a piglet was born premature. He was tiny and weak and could not stand the rigorous activities of his brothers and sister, so the owner moves him to their home and tried to have him live with Tint, a mother dog, completely different kind of animal. Tint and her puppies welcome and accept Pink, no fuzz. Pink prefers puppy food to pig food, they run around together and when Pink got too big to live in the house, they move him to the barn. They dogs missed Pink. But they would still play with him in the barn. The story ends with the note that "no matter how big Pink grows, he will always be Tint's little pink pup."

This is a good story of integration; some may want it to be an example of inclusion. The pictures in the book are very captivating and illustrative to attract a young reader. I will use the book to teach children about accepting everyone, no matter his or her color. For a teacher, Pink was tiny and weak (disable) but he was accepted and included with strong and healthy dogs, an example of inclusion.
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23 reviews
April 25, 2012
This was a cute book and i adored it. Im an animal lover so this is right up my alley. Its about a lil runt piglet who isnt strong enough to be with the others yet. So its taken into the house to be raised until its strong enough. Once inside the mommy daschund with puppies and the little pig becomes just another puppy but a pink one. This book was reallg well put together and thought out. The illustrations are great as well as the story being told in a manner that it will grab a young readers attention. Children love animals and are attracted to anything thats about them which this book fits that description. My son absolutly loved this book and asked if it was real life which was funny. This would be a good book to read in a classroom to show about disabilities. Through the animals and its story children would start to understand what disabilities are which is really important in todays schools.
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179 reviews
July 11, 2012
From the dedication: "This book is dedicated to all the children who think that they are different from the rest of their families. Just remember your family loves you just the way you are."

While this book isn't billed as an adoption story, as an adoptive mom, I have to admit that I really liked this story a lot better than a lot better than some of the traditional adoption books out there. That being said, I didn't pick it up because I wanted to use it as an adoption book to read to my son. It's just a lovely story about Pink, who is born as the runt of his very large piglet litter. In order to save him, his owners bring him into their home, where he is adopted by their dachsund,Tink,a new mom who was fostering two other pups in addition to her own. You'll enjoy reading how Pink thrived under Tink's care and quickly adapted to his life as a pink pup. Thumbs up from the three year old too!
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