The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig (Library Binding)

By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Linda Wingerter (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618074365, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2003



Radiant, elegantly textured illustrations capture the very heart of this unusual story about a divining rod, a beloved pig, and a quiet granddaughter with gifts of her own to uncover. Together, word and image reveal that there is indeed much more to this world than what we see.

Praise For The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig

“This poignant story of the magical gift a girl shares with her grandfather is a gem.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“As story of family, as story of bad luck surmounted, as a quietly effecting pig tale and more, this is a nuanced and satisfying production.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

“Wingerter’s brush strokes achieve a texture that is perfectly suited to rendering wind and sea an tall farm grasses…A fine addition to any collection.” School Library Journal, Starred

“It’s a gentle, poignant story graced with legend and mystery, and Martin’s elegant prose is beautifully complemented by Wingerter’s soothing richly textured acrylic paintings.” Booklist, ALA

“This little piece of real–life magic is quite at home in Martin’s magical text, rich with images and slow cadence of yesteryear. Wingerter matches the nostalgic feel with her acrylics in an antique pallete.” Horn Book

“Elements of mystery and legend enliven Martin’s gracefully told tale about a family’s unusual knack for finding precious things, including sources of water. This little piggy will likely be a story time favorite.” Publishers Weekly