The Pig War: How a Porcine Tragedy Taught England and America to Share
Illustrator: Alison Jay
In 1859, the British and Americans coexist on the small island of San Juan, located off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. They are on fairly good terms—until one fateful morning when an innocent hog owned by a British man has the misfortune to eat some potatoes on an American farmer’s land. In a moment of rash anger, Lyman Cutlar shoots Charles Griffin’s pig, inadvertently almost bringing the two nations to war. Tensions flare, armies gather, cannons are rolled out…all because of a pig! Emma Bland Smith’s humorous text and Alison Jay’s folksy illustrations combine in this whimsical nonfiction picture book that models the principles of peaceful conflict resolution.
Author’s note, with archival photographs. Time line. Resources. Artist’s note. Full-color illustrations rendered in Alkyd paint with a crackle glaze varnish.
JLG Release: Feb 2021
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10" x 10"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Pig War (1859), American settlers, British settlers, Nineteenth-century military history, Military conflicts, Diplomacy, Resolving conflicts, San Juan Islands (Pacific Northwest), US-Britain relations,