Hog Music by M.C. Helldorfer

Summary:  The title, Hog Music, evoked less-than-pleasant ideas for me, but we really enjoyed following this story of a gift.  After a family moves west, the little girl is sent a package containing a straw hat.  The box is lost several times by its bearer and picked up to be carried closer to its destination.  With each new carrier, a small gift is added.  When the package finally reaches the little girl, all are surprised by its contents!  In the end, the little girl receives the best gift of all – a visit from the sender.

Pros:  Very colorful, interesting, clear illustrations.  It was fun for the reader to know what each bearer and finally the recipient could never have figured out.  I especially liked the thankfulness that the little girl expressed, even when the gift was not as she would have expected.

Cons: None

Age Range: 3-9 ☆☆☆☆1/2 of 5

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