Jocelyne Adams and Isobel Bushell - How Peggy the Much Wenlock Piglet Took Part in the Olympian Games
How could a small piglet possibly play a part in the Wenlock Olympian Games? It's hard to imagine...but this tale is based on a true story.
ISBN 978-0-9570781-1-6 £4.99 22pp. Published February 2012.
Peggy the Piglet is designed by Isobel Bushell of Aardvark Illustration and Design
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Peggy the Much Wenlock Piglet
Review from the Shropshire Star
You will not need telling that the Olympic games are on their way and the full title of this children's book, How Peggy the Much Wenlock Piglet Took Part in the Olympian Games, will give you a good idea of what it's all about.
But first you would need to understand that we are talking about the Wenlock Olympian Games - those sports initiated by William Penny Brookes which helped provide the inspiration for the modern Olympics. This is Shropshire author Jocelyne's first book and it is a delightful one. It is a true story - sort of - as 'chase the pig' was one of the games in the Wenlock games. Oops, given away a bit of the plot there.
She has teamed up with illustrator Isobel Bushell who, like Jocelyne, hails originally from Pattingham. Isobel is clearly an artist of great talent as the drawings are wonderful. The third local link in the team is Ina Taylor, who runs ellingham Press, which has published the book.
It's a simple little story which aims to fire the imagination and spur the interest of children in the events in Victorian Shropshire which were a forerunner to what has been dubbed the greatest show on earth.
This lovely little book combines topicality, local history, and innocent fun for children. And it's only £4.99 to boot.
Review by Toby Neale