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Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed

Pete & Pickles (2008)

by Berkeley Breathed

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Summary: This book is a story about Pete who is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig who meets a circus elephant named Pickles. Pete saves him from the circus and Pickles moves in with him. Pete’s life becomes unpredictable, unpractical and complicated as the two go on a multitude of adventures. When Pete decides he does not like that he kicks Pickle out. However, the water pipe bursts and Pete finds himself saving Pickles life all night long because he is a dedicated friend.

Personal Reflection: I love this book. I think it is cute, funny, and exciting! The pictures are humorous and the storyline about their friendship is wonderful. Throughout the whole book, it has the readers excited and wanting more.

Curriculum Connection: This book would be a great book for Preschool students when teaching them about friendship and being there for each other. And the things you would do for the people you love and care about. ( )
  ftakahashi | Apr 1, 2017 |
Pete is a very precise pig who is introduced to the riotous imagination of Pickles the elephant when she escapes from the circus and hides out in his house. Despite his fussy ways, Pete and Pickles become friends, until Pickles makes a mistake that causes Pete to demand that she leave. She trips and breaks a water pipe and the rising water has very serious consequences for them both. Funny and touching and awesomely illustrated by Breathed. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
Sweet, and sophisticated, and wonderful for children and for adults. Definitely not too 'dark' or whatever for kids. Heck, it was developed by Berkeley on behalf of his then five year old daughter. The text is a little long, I will admit, and may be difficult for 4 year-olds with short attention spans, but it's worth finding a quiet time and sitting down with them. Most books for small children make friendship seem an easy & natural thing - but for some people, like Pete Pig or like me, for example, it's a little more difficult. I feel enriched and enlightened, and joyful, after reading this. I still don't have any real friends, but if I'd read this when I was small, I probably would have. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Pete is a practical pig who takes comfort in his daily routine, especially since the passing of his beloved Paprika. One day that routine is interrupted in a most unpredictable and impractical way by Pickles, an escaped circus elephant who upends Pete's life, and stirs him to contemplate how chaos and happiness can sometimes be very alike. Berkely Breathed's "Bloom County" was one of my favorite comic strips, but I enjoy his children's books just as much and actually consider them finer works of art. ( )
  burnit99 | Mar 10, 2014 |
Goofy and sweet story about a pair of unlikely friends! ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399250824, Hardcover)

Pete is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig. At least, he was . . . before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stampeded into his life, needing a friend. Pickles is larger than life and overflowing with imagination. She takes Pete swandiving off Niagara Falls. (Sort of.) And sledding down the Matterhorn. (Sort of.) Pete goes along for the wild ride and actually begins to enjoy himself . . . until Pickles goes too far. And Pete tells her she must leave.

Yet sometimes the simple life isn?t all it?s cracked up to be.

Pulitzer Prize?winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed offers two new irresistible characters and a heartfelt, hilarious look at the rarity of true friendship.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:18 -0400)

When Pickles the elephant turns his life upside-down, Pete the pig comes to realize that a perfectly predictable, practical, and uncomplicated life is not always preferable.

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