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Rhyme (A Pig in Politics)

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A book by Will Marks

Rhymefollows the political career of a pig named Rhyme who is elected to the Sty Council in his town of Muck. His campaign slogan is"Dirt doesn't hurt."Why the name Rhyme? Because he only speaks in rhyme: "My fellow pigs: Here I stand, looking … see full wiki

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Author: Will Marks
Publisher: MPC Press International
1 review about Rhyme (A Pig in Politics)

One Clever Pig

  • Feb 4, 2009
Rating:
+4
My ten-year-old daughter picked this book up on her own and enjoyed it before I could even read it, and my four-year-old, was interested as well. The illustrations by Erin Gennow are friendly and appealing. The text makes for a great story, but the subtext opens the door to so much more, if you desire.

This is the kind of book that would be great if you are teaching your children about politics, or more accurately -- politicians. It has so many clever allusions to well-known speeches (handily indexed in the back), such as JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you," Ronald Reagan's western wall challenge "tear down this wall!" and FDR's "only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Rhyme (the pig) was "smart, friendly, popular and ambitious. He loved his town, Muck. When he grew up, Rhyme decided to become a politician" (page 5). He campaigns, gives speeches, and even has a slogan: Dirt Doesn't Hurt.

If you are a politics buff, or want to learn more about the campaigning process, or if you like pigs, give Rhyme a look. It's the kind of book that begs to be read again and again (if nothing else, just so that you'll get the subtle references that you missed the previous go-round).

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