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Heather the pig has it all: a lovely farm to live on in the Scottish countryside, apples of all kinds to devour, and a doting best friend in the farmer's daughter, Isla. Unfortunately, Heather's idyllic existence is shattered when Isla's dad has to sell the farm to pushy Farmer Busby and move with Isla to far-off London. Heather is bereft--but determined to reunite with Is Heather the pig has it all: a lovely farm to live on in the Scottish countryside, apples of all kinds to devour, and a doting best friend in the farmer's daughter, Isla. Unfortunately, Heather's idyllic existence is shattered when Isla's dad has to sell the farm to pushy Farmer Busby and move with Isla to far-off London. Heather is bereft--but determined to reunite with Isla somehow. She gets her chance when she becomes the unlikely star of Busby's new advertising campaign to promote the farm. In no time, Heather is being whisked to London for a film shoot! Her handlers have big plans for Heather in this glamorous city, but pig-headed Heather has other ideas. After a daring escape, Heather is on the run and in pursuit of Isla! Finding her shouldn't be difficult, Heather reasons. After all, how many girls with freckles can there be in London?


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Heather the pig has it all: a lovely farm to live on in the Scottish countryside, apples of all kinds to devour, and a doting best friend in the farmer's daughter, Isla. Unfortunately, Heather's idyllic existence is shattered when Isla's dad has to sell the farm to pushy Farmer Busby and move with Isla to far-off London. Heather is bereft--but determined to reunite with Is Heather the pig has it all: a lovely farm to live on in the Scottish countryside, apples of all kinds to devour, and a doting best friend in the farmer's daughter, Isla. Unfortunately, Heather's idyllic existence is shattered when Isla's dad has to sell the farm to pushy Farmer Busby and move with Isla to far-off London. Heather is bereft--but determined to reunite with Isla somehow. She gets her chance when she becomes the unlikely star of Busby's new advertising campaign to promote the farm. In no time, Heather is being whisked to London for a film shoot! Her handlers have big plans for Heather in this glamorous city, but pig-headed Heather has other ideas. After a daring escape, Heather is on the run and in pursuit of Isla! Finding her shouldn't be difficult, Heather reasons. After all, how many girls with freckles can there be in London?

30 review for A Pig Called Heather

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    A Pig Called Heather by Harry Oulton. 192 Pages CHAPTER BOOK Holiday House, 2013. $17 9780823432905 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: EL - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW This Charlotte’s Web type story is the story of a pig named Heather and his friend Ila a little girl. Ila’s family moved from the country to the city and she desperately misses her pig and in turn Heather misses her. Heather becomes the marketing icon for the farm she lives in and unexpectedly A Pig Called Heather by Harry Oulton. 192 Pages CHAPTER BOOK Holiday House, 2013. $17 9780823432905 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG BUYING ADVISORY: EL - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW This Charlotte’s Web type story is the story of a pig named Heather and his friend Ila a little girl. Ila’s family moved from the country to the city and she desperately misses her pig and in turn Heather misses her. Heather becomes the marketing icon for the farm she lives in and unexpectedly gets a trip to London. Heather the pig is determined to find her long lost BFF. She escapes from her captors and magically finds her friend. It’s a cute story but for me was too predictable. The pig behaves himself much better than a normal animal would. I don’t know any pig that would stay in a closet for hours. I was underwhelmed. Emilee, Library Teacher https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I thought it would be a hokey, sleepy tale of the olden days on the farm. The style is very modern and the language, dialogue and pace captures pre-teens perfectly. This is a great early novel for kids.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Deguara

    This was a really cute easy read book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Life is good for Heather Duroc. After all, she has a great friend in Isla, plenty of crisp apples to eat, and other animal friends on the farm in Scotland. But that blissful life ends when Heather's father sells the farm due to an unexpected disaster. In a crazily unexpected chain of events, Heather becomes a media start and follows Isla to London where she and her father have lived. There are all sorts of zany occurrences as Heather tries to navigate the city streets, and once she has found Isl Life is good for Heather Duroc. After all, she has a great friend in Isla, plenty of crisp apples to eat, and other animal friends on the farm in Scotland. But that blissful life ends when Heather's father sells the farm due to an unexpected disaster. In a crazily unexpected chain of events, Heather becomes a media start and follows Isla to London where she and her father have lived. There are all sorts of zany occurrences as Heather tries to navigate the city streets, and once she has found Isla, her friend desperately tries to hide Heather. Elementary grade readers will be touched by the undying friendship between these two friends, but I grew tired of the drama associated with Heather's trip to London, and I felt sad to think of her eventual dwelling place. I also wondered about the fate of all those other animals left back on the farm. While those who love animal books may enjoy this one, parts of it strained my imagination. Surely, there was some way to save the farm and preserve the family's way of life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Heather, the pig, and her best friend Isla, reside on her father’s Scottish farm. When financial problems force Isla’s father to sell the farm and move to London, Heather is left behind with the new owner. Heather is devastated to lose her BFF and is determined to find Isla. As luck would have it, clever and smart Heather is showcased in a commercial promoting farm life, and immediately becomes a UK media sensation. At a photo shoot in London, Heather escapes and amazingly finds Isla. But living Heather, the pig, and her best friend Isla, reside on her father’s Scottish farm. When financial problems force Isla’s father to sell the farm and move to London, Heather is left behind with the new owner. Heather is devastated to lose her BFF and is determined to find Isla. As luck would have it, clever and smart Heather is showcased in a commercial promoting farm life, and immediately becomes a UK media sensation. At a photo shoot in London, Heather escapes and amazingly finds Isla. But living with a pig in a London flat is impossible. Isla must find other living arrangements for Heather. The zoo and a reunion with her former classmates all factor into finding a home for Heather that will keep the friends close; the ending hints at a possible sequel. This imaginative tale is filled with escapades, suspense and humor. It is fast-paced and will appeal to readers who are fond of animal and adventure stories. The fanciful text contains Briticisms interspersed throughout. It’s a great read aloud choice for showing the power of friendship.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Bateman

    Heather is a pig, and not just any pig either. She is a Duroc pig. Her life on the farm is placid and carefree, with plenty of animal friends and Isla, her best friend of all--the farmer's daughter. When the farmer loses the farm, Heather loses her best friend. However, when the pig ends up a minor celebrity in an ad campaign, she has a chance to go to London and find her friend again. But what about the wicked pig-finder and his nosy dog? Can Isla get Heather to safety? This is an unlikely, war Heather is a pig, and not just any pig either. She is a Duroc pig. Her life on the farm is placid and carefree, with plenty of animal friends and Isla, her best friend of all--the farmer's daughter. When the farmer loses the farm, Heather loses her best friend. However, when the pig ends up a minor celebrity in an ad campaign, she has a chance to go to London and find her friend again. But what about the wicked pig-finder and his nosy dog? Can Isla get Heather to safety? This is an unlikely, warm-hearted import from Great Britain. Children who enjoy animal stories will find it satisfying, but it's not the next "Charlotte's Web."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Heather, a pig, is best friends with a young girl named Isla. When hard times come to the farm, Isla and her father move to London leaving behind Heather. When Heather becomes something of a celebrity spokespig for a chicken farm and is taken to London for a "modeling" gig, she sees her opportunity to find her friend. This charming book will be popular with kids who like books like Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, Babe, etc. Heather, a pig, is best friends with a young girl named Isla. When hard times come to the farm, Isla and her father move to London leaving behind Heather. When Heather becomes something of a celebrity spokespig for a chicken farm and is taken to London for a "modeling" gig, she sees her opportunity to find her friend. This charming book will be popular with kids who like books like Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, Babe, etc.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    This book is about a pig that follows her owner Isla from Scotland to England when they are separated. The entire thing is told from the pig's point of view, which isn't really my thing. The book was OK--I can see where young students would love a story about pig adventures, but there really isn't any connection to social studies at all. This book is about a pig that follows her owner Isla from Scotland to England when they are separated. The entire thing is told from the pig's point of view, which isn't really my thing. The book was OK--I can see where young students would love a story about pig adventures, but there really isn't any connection to social studies at all.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was a kids book that I read when I didn't have anything else to read. It had talking animals amidst humans which kind of felt Charlotte Webby to me. The pig goes on an adventure in London and the rest of the farm gets in on the fun. I thought this was o.k. This was a kids book that I read when I didn't have anything else to read. It had talking animals amidst humans which kind of felt Charlotte Webby to me. The pig goes on an adventure in London and the rest of the farm gets in on the fun. I thought this was o.k.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jill Donaldson

    My daughter who is 10 loved this book, reading it really quickly and enjoying every page. Great hummur, Great read great book she said

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hillvan

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Charming animal tale with lots of adventure and appealing characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Clark

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  16. 4 out of 5

    joe bonnaud

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alessia

  18. 4 out of 5

    Big chungus

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Justine Laismith

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather Gregg-Boot

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lance

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terrie

    A great book with plenty of fun bits. Well worth the read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ameya

  26. 4 out of 5

    Summer

  27. 4 out of 5

    James Lynam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Smith

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather

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