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The Resource The adventures of a South Pole pig : a novel of snow and courage, Chris Kurtz ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

The adventures of a South Pole pig : a novel of snow and courage, Chris Kurtz ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

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The adventures of a South Pole pig : a novel of snow and courage
Title
The adventures of a South Pole pig
Title remainder
a novel of snow and courage
Statement of responsibility
Chris Kurtz ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
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Language
eng
Summary
"Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs"--
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Character
Award
School Library Journal Best Books, 2013.
Review
  • Grades 3-6 Even as a piglet, plucky Flora knows that her destiny lies outside the pen. After watching sled dogs training, she dreams of joining a sled team. In this satisfying chapter book, one wildly improbable (but somehow convincing) event leads to another. Taken aboard a ship for some mysterious purpose, Flora befriends Oscar the sled dog and Aleric the cabin boy. She and Sophia the cat team up to kill off their common enemy: rats. Shipwrecked off Antarctica, Flora saves the captain’s life (and her own bacon), but starvation looms and the crew’s survival depends on an unlikely sled team: Flora, Oscar, Aleric, and Sophia. Reinhardt’s spirited drawings, shaded with crosshatching, add considerably to the book’s charm. Described as a teacher and a storyteller, Kurtz shows a good sense of pacing in his first novel. There’s humor as well as heart, grit as well as tenderness, in the telling of this Antarctic adventure tale. Recommended for reading aloud. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 01-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 9, p116)
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 4 — Her name is Flora, and she's a pig. She's curious and longs to explore beyond the perimeters of the pigpen. She dreams of going to Antarctica with the sled dogs on the farm and becoming a sled pig. When she is put in a crate onboard a ship, she sees the expedition as an opportunity while the crew views her as potential pork chops. Then they are shipwrecked and readers will root for spunky Flora as she discovers just how brave and needed she can be. Simple black-line drawings add a welcoming charm. Told in the voice of a seasoned storyteller, this novel has chapters that will work perfectly for sharing aloud with younger children or as a read-alone for more competent readers. Flora will encourage every listener to dream of being their best self. Move over Wilbur and Babe, there's a new pig in town.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego --Laura Scott (Reviewed August 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 8, p80)
  • Gutsy and curious, Flora the pig feels hemmed in by her pen at the farm and longs to see the world. Opportunity arises when a man comes to take one of the piglets away; Flora allows herself to be captured, imagining she’s at the start of a wonderful adventure. Flora’s innocence in this and other matters is a key part of Kurtz’s (The Pup Who Cried Wolf) story. The pig is loaded onto a ship headed to the South Pole, where a team plans to cross Antarctica via a dogsled team; Flora assumes she will be part of the pack pulling the sled, not—as readers will have figured out—an entrée. The knowledge of Flora’s precarious fate hangs over what’s otherwise an upbeat and lively story, as Flora works hard to prove her worth to the crew and forge friendships with Sophia, a fiercely independent cat, and Oscar, the lead sled dog. Like Wilbur before her, Flora’s spirit and determination might have the effect, intended or otherwise, of causing a new generation of readers to reconsider their consumption of meat. Ages 9–12. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 12, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 46, p)
  • Out of the way, Wilbur and Babe: Your cousin Flora has "adventurous hooves"! As a piglet on a farm that raises sled dogs, Flora, who's always been more curious than her brothers (much to her mother's chagrin), wants nothing more than to take her place in the line of dogs pulling a sled. Her best friend, Luna the cat, tells Flora that the adventures she seeks are nothing but trouble; and trouble will find her whether she looks for it or not. Trouble lands Flora in the hold of a ship, where she's mystifyingly called "ham bone" and "sausage" by Amos the cook. Thanks to rat-catching lessons from Luna, Flora can assist new cat-friend Sophia. She likes being useful this way, but why is Flora on a ship headed for the South Pole if not to help the sled dogs? When tragedy strikes, the whole crew counts itself lucky to have such a courageous pig along for the expedition. Kurtz's plucky piggy tale may stretch believability on occasion, but it will greatly satisfy fans of Dick King-Smith and E.B. White looking for something similar. Reinhardt's black-and-white, pen-and-ink illustrations are perhaps a bit too cartoon-sweet for a title featuring realistic rat slaughter and an existential desire not to be food, but every spot illustration will elicit a smile. Engaging fantasy adventure for preteen pig pals. (Adventure. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012)
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10167879
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1960-
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Kurtz, Christopher
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
660L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.K9626
LC item number
Ad 2012
Literary form
fiction
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  • 0
  • 4
Reading level
4.6
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1963-
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Reinhardt, Jennifer Black
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Pigs
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Dogsledding
  • Sled dogs
  • Dogs
  • Antarctica
Target audience
pre adolescent
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a novel of snow and courage
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The adventures of a South Pole pig : a novel of snow and courage, Chris Kurtz ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
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2012027226
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The adventures of a South Pole pig : a novel of snow and courage, Chris Kurtz ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
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2012027226
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