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Children's Fiction Toys, Dolls, Puppets

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet

by (author) Ruth Ohi

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2009
Toys, Dolls, Puppets, Farm Animals, Cows
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price

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Chicken, Pig and Cow have had many happy adventures with Dog at Girl’s house. But when Girl carts them off to school one day, leaving Dog behind, they aren’t sure what to think. Where is school, exactly? And what’s with all the noise there? Who are all these people who look like Girl but aren’t Girl? And why is their new hamster neighbor, Furface, trying to eat their barn?

The adorable toy characters Chicken, Pig and Cow once again rely on friendship and teamwork as they embark on their latest adventure in all new surroundings. As always, young readers will be charmed by Ruth Ohi’s witty, warm illustrations in this story about the excitement of discovering new places, learning new lessons and making new friends.

About the author



Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

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  • Commended, New York City Reads 365 List
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“This is a great book.”, 10/03/11

“Spare text and engaging watercolor cartoon illustrations lend a tone of sweet simplicity to this friendship story.”

School Library Journal, 01/12

“Once again, Ohi has created a touching read-aloud, the text simple, the language spare, and the story full of warmth, and character and humour.”

Resource Links, 12/11

“Ohi’s clever word choice creates a lot of humour with very few word . . . makes an excellent read-aloud for younger childre . . . Highly recommended.”

CM Reviews, 11/11

“Preschoolers will love these popular characters, who devise clever solutions to their immediate problems.”

The Children’s Hour, 02/27/12

“A lighthearted glimpse reveals how stuffed animals will play when their child (and their teacher) is away.”

Kirkus Reviews, 10/11

Librarian Reviews

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet (A Ruth Ohi Picture Book)

When Girl takes Chicken, Pig and Cow to school one day, the three friends are a little confused by all the noise and all the new faces. When the class pet, a guinea pig named Furface, starts to eat their barn, Chicken, Pig and Cow must work together to get him back in his cage and find him some lunch.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

Other titles by Ruth Ohi