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When Pigs Fly

written by Valerie Coulman
illustrated by Rogé
ISBN 1-894222-79-2

Honors & Awards

  • Featured on Gisele's Big Backyard (TVOKids) (May 2008)
  • Winner, Platinum Award, Just for Mom Foundation Mom's Choice Awards (chosen by Julie Aigner-Clark, creator of Baby Einstein) (2005)
  • CanWest Raise-A-Reader Children’s Book Club Pick of the Week (November 15, 2003)
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection (2003)
  • Selected one of the 50 Best Canadian Children's Picture Books by the International Board on Books for Young People (Canada) (2003)
  • Winner, Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Reading Program Award (2002)
  • Short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration (2002)
  • Winner, Gold Medal, Foreword Magazine Children's Picture Book of the Year Award (2001)
  • Selected "Outstanding Canadian Book" by The Association for the Export of Canadian Books

Reviews & Accolades

"Ralph will be a hero to all young children who will be delighted to learn how he solved his problem by ‘thinking outside the box.’ Teachers could certainly use this story to inspire their own students to create their own unconventional solutions in problem solving. Highly recommended." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials, May 2002

"Children will easily identify with Ralph’s dilemma of wanting something out of reach. His determination and creative thinking allow him to solve the problem and achieve his goal. The text quickly moves the story along. Repetitive phrases make this a good read aloud. Rogé has created bright, bold, eye-catching illustrations, which capture the mood of determination in this story. This book could be used to stimulate discussion on problem solving and dealing with disappointment." —Resource Links, April 2002

"…a great example of spare, tight prose that quickly identifies character, setting, and plot, and then lets the story simply tell itself. This title is Rogé’s second attempt at book illustration, although his use of warm, bright colors and sense of humor as well as detail makes the Montreal artist look much more experienced." —Saskatoon StarPhoenix, March 2002

"This happy tale of positive thinking will have readers cheering Ralph on every step of the way." —Blue Spruce Reading Program , 2002

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