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A Pig Called Heather
by Harry Oulton

Trade Binding | 128 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432905 | 03-15-2015

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Grade: FOURTH | Age: 8 to 11

Themes: Friendship, Animals/Fiction, Farming & Farm Life
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RL.4.1-4, 6, 9, 10
W.4.3-5, 9, 9a, 10
SL.4.1, 1a-d, 2
L.4.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a-c, 6
RF.4.3, 4, 4a, 4c

About the Book

Heather the pig has it all: a lovely farm to live on in the Scottish countryside, apples of all kinds to devour, and a doting best friend in the farmer's daughter, Isla. Unfortunately, Heather's idyllic existence is shattered when Isla's dad has to sell the farm to pushy Farmer Busby and move with her father to far-off London.

Heather is bereft—but determined to reunite with Isla somehow. She gets her chance when she becomes the unlikely star of Busby's new advertising campaign to promote the farm. In no time, Heather is being whisked to London for a film shoot! Her handlers have big plans for Heather in this glamorous city, but pig-headed Heather has other ideas. After a daring escape, Heather is on the run and in pursuit of Isla! Finding her shouldn't be difficult, Heather reasons. After all, how many girls with freckles can there be in London?


"Stocked with flashes of wit, unlikely twists and narrow escapes from capture, this amiable ramble slides smoothly into the literary sty occupied by Wilbur, Babe, Mercy Watson and like talented porkers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Heather is a VIP (very impressive pig). For readers seeking a rousing adventure or animal tale, this is a winner."—School Library Journal


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is the narrator of A PIG CALLED HEATHER? Does the narrator tell the story in the first or third person? How much of the world can the narrator perceive? Is the narrator omniscient or limited? How does the vantage point of the narrator affect meaning? RL.4-5.6

2. How does A PIG CALLED HEATHER deal with conflicts of man vs. fate, man vs. man and man vs. nature? Does author Harry Oulton use any other types of conflict (man vs. society)? Find specific examples from the book. RL.4-5.1, 3 / W.4-5.9

3. Describe Heather the pig in depth, including what she does and says to reveal herself. RL.4-5.1, 3 / W.4-5.9a

4. Discuss the setting of the story using details from the book. How would the story change if the setting changed? RL.4-5.1, 3 / W.4-5.9a