I read this to my 4 yr old and then we made a map of our house and I hid treasures for her to find. It’s a cute story that’s pleasant to read.
A very cute book, about a very organized pig. Illustrations are wonderful.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a sty is a mess, and pigs are seen as messy, but this pig is different. Henry likes order, and to keep things ordered, and help others know the place of things, he draws maps. The maps are given close-ups to the side of the main illustrations and are done in a doodle style, after all pigs have no thumbs. As Henry draws his map of where the animals live, the animals follow him, thereby making the map already obsolete. When the animals realize they themselves are missing, they rush back. The idea is that everything has its place, which is true in itself, everyone does have a place that is right for them to be, but the story takes it to the extreme. In Henry's mind that is the only place each creature should be, rather than like a home base.
The style is cheerfully done in watercolours, which nicely represent the simple farm and its animals.
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