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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
The Oinkiest Oink by Lanea Brumfield is a 39-page-long illustrated story for very young readers (3-5 years of age). It is about a pig who wants to learn how to make his native sound, “oink”, but does not get any help from any of his pig-mates. So, he goes instead to ask a chicken, a duck, a frog, a cow, a sheep, and even a horse how to make the sounds he so desperately desires. But of course, none of these new friends can help him with that, and so he has to learn how to make the sound without the help of anyone else.
The story reminds me of children around this age who want to learn how to snap their fingers or even whistle. It doesn’t come naturally, and it can bring frustration, but with enough practice, they can do it. The book emphasizes this point, and they don’t have to go far to find the help they need. I like the artwork and the pictures offer a child-like simplicity that makes the book attractive to young readers. The bright colors are something children will enjoy seeing over and over again.
The Oinkiest Oink by Lanea Brumfield also points out the value of friends. Even though none of them was able to help him make his “oink” sound, they stuck with him nonetheless. This provides an excellent tool to help parents and grandparents teach their little ones how to help others by just being with them as a friend. Highly recommended.