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. Volume XV Number 14. . . .March 6, 2009
Fred and the Pig Race is a beginner chapter book about a young boy who embarks on a wild pig-riding adventure. Fred is anxious over the all-too-familiar chocolate selling school fundraiser. After Fred succumbs to peer pressure and takes more chocolates than he could possibly sell, the story begins with Fred in a panic. The one silver lining for Fred is that the Whippy Corners Agricultural Fair is around the corner, and Fred's visiting his friend William at his family farm will be a welcome change of scenery for Fred. Fred's mother advises him to sell his chocolates at the agricultural fair. Problem solved. Or so Fred thinks.
When Fred arrives at the farm, he realizes that the stakes at this year's fair are quite high for William and his family. If William can jockey the family's prized pig, Homer, through the finish line, the Marshall family will win a much needed new tractor. Unfortunately William eats too much at the local fair and winds up with a stomach ache and is unable to ride Homer. Inexperienced Fred rises to the occasion, but he uses some questionable strategies in ensuring his big win.
Recommended with reservations.
Tristin Burrows, an elementary school teacher with a passion for literature, lives in Winnipeg, MB, with her dog, Bruin.
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