Precious and beautiful! Kate and Chris have created a children’s picture book entitled ‘A Piglet Named Mercy’. This little piglet is so adorable and they tell and show us how Mercy finds a family with the Watson’s, who are ordinary if that is a bad thing or just predictable. Mercy comes along and the two sisters next door have their opinions on the matter, as do the Watson’s.
This is a very colorful story in the words chosen as well as the artwork by Chris Van Dusen ,through the facial expressions of the characters and all the other details with each picture with the primary colors chosen. The reader can tell the story with just the pictures that were drawn by Chris. ‘A Piglet Named Mercy’ is a great story to teach ‘What makes a family?’ and ‘What is diversity?’ Questions that could be raised are: 1. What is ordinary? 2. Is it wrong to have a pig as a pet? Other questions that could be raised are: Name some other animals that could become pets? In the beginning of the story the Watson’s were doing some ordinary chores and if they were not doing these particular ones what other chores could they be doing? Why do you think Eugenia did not like what was happening? This is also a good story to improve the readers comprehension and maybe to even start to make inferences. Kate and Chris have written and illustrated a picture book that can start many classroom discussions.
Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.