Adventures Of Pig And Mouse: An Unusual Friendship

Adventures Of Pig And Mouse: An Unusual Friendship

By Kelly Lenihan

Illustrated by Anya Macleod

Picture Book

42 Pages

Ages 4+ ‎

Artisan Bookworks

Hardcover ~ Paperback ~ Kindle

Pig isn’t like most pigs. She doesn’t like to roll in the mud or get dirty. She likes to watch birds and butterflies. She likes to sing and make up stories. She’s a daydreamer. Mouse is a vagabond, always moving to keep safe. When events bring them together, an unlikely friendship forms as they bond over their first adventure: treasure hunting!

Pig and Mouse formed an unusual friendship, but maybe it’s not unusal at all. If you’ve ever witnessed a connection between two species, say, a dog and a cat, or a cat and a bird, you already know animals are capable of feeling love and empathy just like we can. Pig and Mouse’s friendship highlights the value of empathy and that differences in size and appearance do not matter. The author invites you to share the story of Pig and Mouse with your children as the touchstone to an important conversation about diversity, empathy, and what’s truly important.

The inspiration for Pig and Mouse’s first adventure was author Kelly Lenihan’s own childhood love of collecting treasures from nature: rocks, seed pods, leaf skeletons, feathers, abandoned bird nests, shells, etc. Often, these collections were started on the fly during a trip to the beach or a hike in the woods. Her kids even contributed to her “science museum” throughout their own childhoods. Now that they’re grown, the collections have been condensed into a large curio cabinet in the author’s living room. She still adds the occasional rock, seed pod or feather — her eyes never stop seeking. To this day, Kelly enjoys examining her collections and showing visitors her latest acquisitions — the thrill never truly goes away!

Like Kelly, kids are drawn to natural items and collecting is a great activity that will help your child to develop important life skills, expand their horizons, and learn about categorizing, sorting and observing. Encouraging collecting — or enjoying your child’s collecting impulse — can be fun forthe whole family. Did you have a collection as a child? Maybe it’s time to start that up again!

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A wonderful story about an unlikely friendship between a pig and a mouse. I love this book, brilliantly written and with such an impactful message. We can become friends with anyone we want regardless of their physical features – it’s all about what’s inside that counts. This is the way I want to raise my son, not looking at what someone looks like rather looking into their hearts and finding people with his same values and morals. Also as the book points out, throughout time animals have often found these unlikely friendships in some amazing ways. The gorgeous illustrations bring it all together.

About The Author

Kelly Lenihan has always approached life from a unique vantage. Often inspired by nature; her discoveries in nature, food, and art fuel her creativity. Passionate about sharing her love of curiosity, creativity and exploration, Kelly started writing books for children in 2012 (two are in five languages), she writes fiction and nonfiction for ages 2-10. As a freelance writer since 1993, she’s also been published in various magazines and enjoyed her own newspaper column for several years, focusing on global arts and crafts and exploring nature through science and art, including hands-on projects – enjoyed by librarians, school teachers, and parents/family/caregivers of young children. She also taught horticulture and global arts to grades 1-7 in a Montessori school.Today, in addition to writing books for children, Kelly is an active food blogger, avid birder and hobbyist photographer. Following her lifelong penchant for writing and the power of stories, Kelly is working on more children’s picture books, as well, she has a couple cookbooks in the works. In addition to authoring her own books, Kelly enjoys assisting indie writers on their publishing journeys. To see what Kelly’s up to next, visit below!

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Huge thanks to Kelly for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. To get a copy for yourself please click the link below.

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Have a wonderful day my friends!

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