Today we read one of Mrs McKee’s favourite picture story books……..
Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed
Pete is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig. At least, he was….before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stamped into his life, needing a friend. Pickles is larger than life and overflowing with imagination. She takes Pete swandiving off Niagra Falls (sort of) and sledding down the Matterhorn (sort of). Pete goes along for the wild ride and actually begins to enjoy himself…until Pickles goes too far and Pete tells her she must leave. Yet sometimes the simple life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Mrs McKee fell in love with this book when she borrowed it from her local library to read to her daughter Sophie. She loves the illustrations and the messages they send and thinks that the story is “just beautiful” with a powerful lesson on appreciating the differences our friends bring to our lives.
Mrs McKee also loves that the idea for this book grew from a sketch that Berkeley’s daughter drew on a serviette in a fast food restaurant. When he asked her why the elephant is holding the pig in the sketch, she told him “The pig’s sad.” When Berkeley asks why he is sad she simply says “Because he’s lonely Dad……But he doesn’t even know it.”
Because Berkeley Breathed is an award winning cartoonist, Mrs McKee thought it would be fun to create our own cartoon strip. After discussing all of the adventures that Pickles introduced to Pete, the grade twos then had to think of another adventure for the two friends. Once they had decided on an adventure they drew it in a cartoon strip using black fineliner and coloured pencil.
Due to Pete and Pickles being a longer story and because we had quite a lengthy discussion about all of the wonderful adventures they shared in the book, we didn’t get time to finish off our cartoon strips. We will complete them next week so be sure to pop back and have a look at our finished products.