Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle

Ages: 7 - 9Publisher: Walker Books USAuthor: Helen PetersIllustrator: Ellie Snowdon


Jasmine knew she was not really supposed to take the runty piglet from Mr. Carter’s farm. It was his piglet, and she was fairly sure her veterinarian mother would not approve of taking an animal off its farm. But Mr. Carter was ready to let the runt die, and Jasmine could not bear to see that happen. So she resolved to nurture the piglet in secret–just until it was strong enough to be weaned, of course. Soon, however, Jasmine is in love with Truffle the piglet. How can she prove Truffle’s worth to her parents so that she can be allowed to keep her pig?

Jasmine is a resourceful and knowledgeable heroine. Unlike many child-and-pet stories, this one is not narrated from Truffle’s point of view, so that the focus remains on Jasmine’s determination to keep her pig. As she tries to educate her parents and best friend on the virtues of pigs, she also explains to the reader the varied ways that pigs can be trained for useful purposes. At the same time, she is an endearing character who sometimes makes mistakes. Animal-loving children will enjoy this novel, one in a series about Jasmine and her growing menagerie.


Naomi Lesley ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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