“The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A novel of snow and courage” by Chris Kurtz; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99

Flora the pig knows she is meant for more than a boring life inside a pen. She lives on a farm that raises dogsled dogs and she wants nothing more than some adventure and the chance to show she can pull a sled and run with the best of them.

Then she finds herself on a ship on a voyage to Antarctica where she is penned up in the hold getting fattened up by a bacon-loving cook. Her talent for rat-killing (joining forces with the shipboard cat) attracts the attention of the captain, just before a shipwreck leaves the party stranded in the snow. Will Flora help save the day before someone tries to make her into a ham sandwich?

This entertaining fantasy is somewhat reminiscent of the great pig classics, like “Charlotte’s Web” and “Babe the Gallant Pig.”

– Jean Westmoore


Ismail & Co. will present an all-ages family program, “Singing in Different Languages” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday on the main floor, Ring of Knowledge, Central Library, Lafayette Square. The event is part of the Young Audiences Second Saturday Series. For more information, call 858-8900 or visit www.


The Cold War wasn’t a war fought with weapons. It was a war of ideas and competition between two systems of government: democracies and communism. The two nations most involved in the Cold War were the Soviet Union (Russia) and the U.S. When World War II ended, the U.S. wanted to stop communists from taking over other countries. The two nations made military treaties with other nations. Each side tried to gain superiority in space, sports and weapons. The Cold War ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

– Time Book of Why