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A Day No Pigs Would Die

Author: Robert Newton Peck

Publisher: Other

Item #: N213

Class: Paperback

Price: $8.95

Wandering about on the ridge above his family's farm, Robert Peck comes across a neighbor's cow having difficulty giving birth. Acting quickly, Rob is able to help, and two bull calves are born. He is rewarded by their neighbor and owner of the cow, Mr. Tanner, with a piglet of his own to raise. Rob names the pig Pinky. Putting all his energy into caring for her, he dreams of the day she will become a brood sow and provide his family with a litter of pigs.

Rob is the only surviving son in his family, and his four older sisters have all married and left home. Rob's father, Haven Peck, is a quiet, gentle man who butchers pigs, a job he does not enjoy but performs so he can provide for his family. Mr. Peck cannot read or write, but stresses the importance of education to his son. Although the family is not rich, Mr. Peck says they are rich in the things that truly matter: they have each other, they have land to work, and they have God's creation to enjoy.

In the fall of the year, Rob's father becomes concerned when Pinky shows no signs of going into heat. After some unsuccessful attempts to breed her, Rob faces the prospect that his brood sow may be barren. Pinky's fate becomes more obvious when winter sets in. Food becomes scarce, and Rob knows what has to be done to provide for the family. "That's what being a man is all about, boy," his father tells him. "It's just doing what's got to be done."

A Day No Pigs Would Die is the story of a tender relationship between a father and son - a boy in the process of becoming a man.

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Publisher: Progeny Press

Item #: E702