ABOUT THE BOOK
My name is Charlotte. I am a spider and
my home is in a web up high in Mr. Zuckerman's barn. Please don't
run away as some people do when they meet a spider. My web is tucked
away right here between the scythe and the grindstone. Spiders are
very helpful creatures, you know. Without us the world would be very
buggy to say the least. Maybe you don't eat flies, but I do; That is
why your kitchen isn't full of them.
I am helpful in other ways, too. I keep an eye on the horse in
his stall, the sheep in the sheepfold and Wilbur, the pig in his
pigpen. Templeton, the rat, would eat all of Wilbur's slops if I
weren't watching. Slops are the leftovers from the Zuckerman's
kitchen...things like popovers and hominy.
Wilbur didn't know, you see, that he was being fattened up for
the butcher. He was so upset when he found out that I promised to
save him. It was a hasty promise to be sure. How can a tiny spider
save a pig? I will have to give the matter a great deal of thought.
A promise is a promise and I have never broken one yet!
A Pig Debate
Paul Thompson has had a pig farm in Florida for 41 years. It is
the only pig farm in the United States located next to a golf
course. Paul plays country music to his pigs. He says it reduces
stress, settles the pigs down and allows them to gain weight.
The three-year-old golf club has filed a law suit to stop Paul
from playing the music because it bothers the golfers.
Florida law protects the farmer's right to farm as long as the
farming practices are considered reasonable.
Look at pictures of Paul's farm on the internet. www.pigfarmer.com
Have a debate! Should Paul be allowed to continue playing country
music to his pigs or should the golfers be free of noise they find
A Guide to Raising
Pigs by Kelly Klober. Storey, 1998
Life on a Pig Farm by Judy Wolfman, Carolrhoda
To market, to market to buy a fat pig
again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market to buy a fat
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.
Here are things one can buy at the market that come from pigs.
Write more "To Market" verses telling which of the items above you would
| shaving cream
You can make up rhyming words for the last line.
To market, to market to buy some soap
home again, lope, lope, lope!
To market, to market
Home again, home again