Pigs get a bad rep. They are popularly depicted as being lazy, stupid, dirty; in many cultures, being called or described as a pig is an insult. But those stereotypes are absolutely not true!
Pigs are intelligent animals, comparable to or even exceeding dogs. They like to be clean; due to the structure of their skin, which is similar to humans’, they can be sunburned, giving rise to their dirty image as they use mud to keep themselves cool and protected from the Sun’s rays. We only need to look at these famous pigs of literature to find out just what fascinating creatures they actually are.
Best known from the movie adaptation, Babe from Babe the Gallant Pig overcame his destiny and escaped the dinner table by his talent for sheep herding and likeable disposition. This classic tale transcends beyond an adorable tale of farm animals but also teaches important lessons such as politeness and not judging others based on assumptions.
Charlotte's Web is as much about Charlotte, the titular spider, as it is about Wilbur, the young piglet whom she takes upon herself to protect and save. While Wilbur is petulant at times, he is good-at-heart; not unlike a young child. Though billed as a children's book, its messages about change, growth, unconditional love and death are sure to move even grown-ups.
The moral behind this classic fable is sometimes obscured by its slight gruesomeness but it is nonetheless important: hard work (and some quick wit!) pays off! The third pig, who laboured the hardest to build the brick house, ultimately survives the big bad wolf and, in some versions, avenges his two brothers.
Experience the story in a whole new way with this game set where players can build their own houses but be careful, there's a wolf on the prowl! For an alternative take, The True Story of The Three Little Pigs tells the tale from the perspective of the perhaps-not-so-bad wolf. Is he lying through his sharp pointy teeth? Decide for yourself.
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." An allegorical novel by George Orwell, Animal Farm has been the subject of much study, both for its literary merits and political criticism. The animals, initially led by pig patriarch Old Major, rise against Mr Jones, the farmer, and liberate themselves from animal husbandry. But the young porcine upstarts Napoleon and Snowball have much grander plans for their fellow pigs. Their intelligence turns into cunning manipulation and brings them to oppress the other animals.
Both Peppa Pig and Olivia are young pigs who go on adventures and discover new things with their family and friends. Celebrate Chinese New Year with Peppa Pig and make your own dragon masks, just like the ones she saw in the parade! And just like Peppa, Olivia loves to do everything and go anywhere with her imagination. Join her in 12 of her escapades in this collection, where Olivia leads a parade and makes memories.
Being a "Very Small Animal", Piglet is quite timid in nature. However, as Winnie the Pooh's best friend and a resident of the Hundred Acre Wood, he sometimes gets into situations that require him to be brave, which he sometimes succeeds at. These gorgeous hardcover books, with their full-colour illustrations, will surely be cherished in the years to come.
Not about pigs but...
Have we all not wondered some seemingly politically incorrect questions but had nowhere to direct them? As we head towards a major Chinese celebration in a multi-racial nation, take the opportunity to get educated about the Malay community. With 20 questions and plenty of illustrations, this is great reading for all curious minds. Also available: Why do The Chinese Shout Yam Seng?