Chris P. Bacon is a pig on a mission.
He has many powerful messages in this book, including – celebrate your uniqueness, it makes you feel good!
I ordered this book for my kids, Asia (8), Laila (6), and Damon (4) who like me, had never heard of such an adventurous pig. From the moment we took the book out of it’s box, we were taken in by the beautiful drawings and colorful pictures, that give life to this inspirational story. The book is sprinkled with real life photos of Chris, from cute little baby pics (which my kids loved) to his most current selfies (which they loved even more!).
Chris P. was born without the use of his back legs and brought to Veterinarian Len Lucero. Len decided to adopt him, and made “legs” out of his son’s old toys so that Chris could move around on his own. It wasn’t always easy, but they’re doing it…and this is what the story is about.
It is this passion from Len (Chris P.’s Dad) that brought me to tears. My son was diagnosed with a developmental delay when he was 2. There were many things we were told he would not do. The past few years have been filled with school IEP meetings, speech and occupational therapies, early intervention, biomedical supplements, treatments, and more. All for his continued growth and development, much like Chris P. and his new wheels. On some days, it’s easy to get caught up in the dis-ability and treatments, losing sight of my son, who is way more than a diagnosis. Damon brings me this book to read often (I think he’s telling me something:), following words with his fingers, looking at the photos, and repeating Chris’s Oinkety-Oink Oinks!
As my children read and re-read this book, we are all moved by this precious pig’s outlook on life. Their take away message (in their own words) – “I’m Yooooo-neek Mommy – I can do anything!”
Music to my ears!
I recommend this book for children of all ages, and anyone you know facing their own need to see their unique abilities, in the face of life’s challenges.
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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