A beautiful and tender picture book about how to say goodbye. A treasured classic from two highly acclaimed picture book makers.
Old Pig and Granddaughter have lived together for a long, long time. They share everything, including the chores, until the day when Old Pig does not get up as usual for breakfast. Calmly she pays her bills and puts her affairs in order. Then she takes Granddaughter on a last, long walk - looking and listening, smelling and tasting.
Old Pig and Granddaughter say goodbye to each other in the best way they know.
'One of the truly great picture books.' Margaret Dunkle, Australian Bookseller and Publisher
'This heartbreaking, gentle, perfectly indirect story about the last days on earth of an elderly pig offers a better introduction to the fact and poetry of mortality than many a more studied attempt.' Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
'Wild's poignant story about the death of Old Pig is full of warmth and, yes, joy.' Publishers Weekly
'Beautiful in its simplicity, this captures the essence of a life; and children, even little ones, cannot help but feel the love that infuses it.' Ilene Cooper, Booklist
'A poignant but sidelong look at death - about as far from the didactic tomes as one can get.' Kirkus Reviews
'A tender meditation on the death and the appreciation of love and life that deserves to become recognised as a modern classic.' Kevin Mark, Kairos
'This book is about living, not dying.' Linnet Hunter, The Age
Margaret Wild is one of Australia's most highly respected and popular children's authors. Margaret has published over thirty picture books, including the acclaimed The Very Best of Friends (1990 CBCA Picture Book of the Year), The Midnight Gang (Honour Book, 1997 CBCA Picture Book), First Day', Rosie and Tortoise, Jenny Angel (2000 CBCA Picture Book of the Year), Fox (2001 CBCA Picture Book of the Year) and Jinx (shortlisted, 2002 CBCA Book of the Year).
Winner, The Children's Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Award, 1996
Winner, The Children's Book Council of Australia, Picture Book of the Year Award, 1996
Winner, The New Yorker, Best Book of the Year, 1997
Winner, National Council for Social Studies & Children's Book Council, Notable Children's Trade Book, 1997
Short-listed, Chicago Tribune, Best Book of the Year, 1997
Short-listed, Picture Book Division, ACT Canberra's Own Outstanding List (COOL) Awards, 1998
Short-listed, Young Australians' Best Book Awards (YABBA), Picture Storybook, 1997
Commended, Ashton Scholastic Award for Best Designed Children's Book, 1996
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
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