Pete & Pickles book review
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Book Review: Pete & Pickles—an act of kindness can open people’s lives to unexpected new horizons

What is the best way to change someone’s mind about differences? The answer is in Pete & Pickles—a book about how a kind gesture can bring people together despite polar opposite lifestyles. This book is an excellent way to show your little ones how a lovely gesture can plant the seeds of change in people’s lives, no matter how different their views might be.

Book title: Pete & Pickles

Author: Berkeley Breathed

Illustrator: Berkeley Breathed

Publisher: Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Recommended ages: 3-5

Length: 48 pages


Follow practical widower Pete the pig on his journey to rescue a silly and unpredictable circus elephant. At first, the larger-than-life elephant hiding in his living room is nothing more than a disruptive intruder in Pete’s quiet, orderly life. But that thought slowly begins to change with a simple gesture of kindness from the irreverent stranger. What will Pete do, knowing he is the reason Pickles has to go back to the circus?


Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed delivers heartwarming, hilarious illustrations that vividly tell the story while adding a sublime touch of emotion through homages to famous works by artists as varied as Katsushika Hokusai, Caspar David Friedrich, and Edward Hopper. 

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