"You can't keep a pig indoors, Mother!" said Lily, quite scandalized. But Mother said, "Give the pig a chance to keep clean and he'll take it," and she gave the milkman a shilling for the little runt of a peppermint pig. Sure enough the little pig was happy, trotting busily around after Mother or toasting himself by the fire. He was clever, too, and soon learned to be clean, and to answer to his name, which was Johnnie.
Everyone was happier because of the pig. He made Mother laugh. He comforted Theo, who was also too small for his age, and as for Poll - the youngest - she counted the hours at school until she could get back home to dear, funny Johnnie. Somehow when she looked back on that eventful year in the country, though plenty of bad things had happened, what she really remembered was the things to do with Johnnie, was somehow kept the whole family united however bad things sometimes seemed.
Original title: The Peppermint Pig
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Family & Relationships
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Animals→ Pigs