MERCY WATSON THINKS LIKE A PIG written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

January 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

mercy1Mr. and Mrs. Watson live in a house together with their pig Mercy. Surprisingly, Mercy likes everything humans enjoy, including lemonade, albeit slurping from a bowl. Unfortunately, the neighbors who are sisters, Baby and Eugenia Lincoln, are not thrilled about living next door to a pig. “But this does not stop us from having a gracious life,” said Eugenia. Oh, really!

The sisters plant petunias around their house. Guess who admires the flowers? Right – Mercy. Mercy eats the flowers until all the petunias are gone! Mr. and Mrs. Watson see the neighbors chasing Mercy and they happily conclude that it must be a game of tag. And so it goes. Even when the Lincolns tell the Watsons that Mercy has devoured the flowers, Mrs. Watson imagines that this means Mercy is hungry, so she makes hot buttered toast for her. The Lincolns plot their revenge by calling the Animal Control Office to pick up Mercy. Needless to say, in spite of everything, Mercy and the gang end up eating hot buttered toast together. Yum! The simple chapters and the animated illustrations make this a winning choice for beginning readers.

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Recommended- Lillian Hecker (Pelham)


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