Monday, June 27, 2016

#MMBBR #Review Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane


Unlikely pig owners Steve and Derek got a whole lot more than they bargained for when the designer micro piglet they adopted turned out to be a full-sized 600-pound sow! In the bestselling tradition of pet memoirs such as Oogy, Dewey, and Giant George, the story of ESTHER THE WONDER PIG shows how families really do come in all shapes and sizes.

In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn't be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek's lives forever.

It turned out there was nothing "micro" about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, Tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need.

Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek's adventure--from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.

Anybody that knows me knows that I LOVE pigs, but NOT to eat.  They are smarter than dogs and can be thought so many things.  They are fascinating.  I have only ate chicken, turkey and fish since 2002 because of my love of pigs (and cows).  When the chance to review Ester arose I was so excited!  I follow Ester on Facebook, so I already feel that I know her, but I wanted to read the book too.  This book will make you look at animals in a whole new light.  You may not covert to being a vegan, but you will certainly be more aware of animal practices.  There is a lot of heart in this book.  It is sweet and makes you think.  It is a quick read and so fun.  My emotions were all over the place.  There is something so darn enduring about this pig...I cannot get enough!  4.5 stars

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