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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

Pippin the Christmas Pig

by (author) Jean Little

illustrated by H. Werner Zimmermann

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Christmas & Advent, Pigs
Recommended Age
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price

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Where to buy it


The bestselling, award-winning picture book is now available in board book!

On a stormy winter night in the barn, a donkey, sheep and cow recall the important contributions their ancestors made the night Jesus was born. Pippin the pig’s ancestors were NOT at the manger, so when Pippin asks, “But what did the pigs do?” she is told, “Pippin, face it. Pigs have nothing worthy to offer.” But after Pippin runs away from the unwelcoming barn, she saves the day when a young mother wandering with her baby gets lost in a snowstorm and needs help and shelter.

This sturdy board book edition has been revised for the younger set, while keeping the soul of the story, and gently teaching readers that everyone has something to offer.

About the authors

Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.


Jean Little's profile page


Werner Zimmermann est un auteur-illustrateur. Il a illustré le livre à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin et Vive le vent d'hiver! Werner a été en nomination plus d'une fois pour le prestigieux prix du Gouverneur général, y compris pour Dix petits poissons (version anglaise), qu’il a écrit et a illustré. Il vit à Guelph, en Ontario.


Werner Zimmermann is a bestselling children's book illustrator whose works include A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequels, At the Pond, the Farmer Joe series, Snow Day, Henny Penny, Pippin the Christmas Pig and In My Backyard. He has been nominated three timesfor the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration, and he and Jean Little won the Mr. Christie's Award for Pippin the Christmas Pig. Wernerlivesin Guelph, Ontario. Visit him online at

H. Werner Zimmermann's profile page

Editorial Reviews


“Little’s story is perfectly complemented by Werner Zimmermann’s sensitive pencil-and-watercolour illustrations...[the animals’] faces are very expressive.” (for the HC) —Quill & Quire

“[a] clever and gentle-hearted picture book. . . . Zimmerman’s watercolors pleasingly mix realism and adorability (in the case of Pippin’s smile).” (for the HC) —Publisher’s Weekly

Winner, Mr. Christie’s Book Award

Other titles by Jean Little

Other titles by H. Werner Zimmermann