One terrible morning when the farmer chose the piglets to be taken to the slaughter house, Beryl was among them. It appeared that her day had come – in the worst possible way.
Or had it? When the truck lurched to an unscheduled stop and the back door swung open, Beryl escaped into the underbrush at the side of the road. From there, she wandered into a forest.
Beryl had no idea what to expect now. Where did pigs make their homes if not in a barn? Where did they forage for food? If she met a wild pig, would it be friendly or a foe?
Beryl did soon meet a friendly wild pig, named Amber, and she accompanied her home. This was the beginning of Beryl’s search for new friends and a new home, one in which she would be safe, accepted and loved.
Many themes are addressed in this charming animal story: misconceptions and prejudice, kindness, acceptance and friendship. Although there are some sad moments, the story ends happily. In this way (and in various other ways) Beryl: A Pig’s Tale bears some similarities to the classic children’s story, Charlotte’s Web.
The lovable heroine, rich language and dry humour of this recently-reissued tale will enchant various ages of children, making it a good choice for a family read-aloud.