Tamworth Pig Stories

Authored by Gene Kemp
Illustrated by Carolyn Dinan
Published by Faber

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A pig with a mission!

This classic book filled with timeless themes and adventure it introduces us to the enchanting world of Tamworth the pig, who is quite spectacular. This collection of stories have been republished with new illustrations which are rich and delightful.

The tale opens with one of the main characters, Thomas, getting into a spot of bother with some bullies. He is saved by his kind, yet formidable best friend, Tamworth, who delights in giving the unkind boys what they deserve. The two stories included cover themes such as sustainability and ecology as Tamworth fights to save the trees he loves and tries to convince the world to ‘grow more grub and eat less meat’. Children will easily relate to the sibling relationship between Thomas and his sister Blossom, as well as the challenges of school. Two of the most charming characters are a rabbit who likes to recite poetry and a hedgehog who enjoys counting. This book has something for everyone.

This collection of stories could be read with both key stages and would be an ideal class book. It links to science subjects such as diet and the environment. It could be used in a PSHE/Citizenship to discuss bullying and family relationships.