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A Ruth Ohi Picture Book series

written and illustrated by Ruth Ohi

First and Best List, Toronto Public Library Best Books for Family Literacy, Pennsylvania Center for the Book Best Bets List, Ontario Library Association Great Books, Canadian Toy Testing Council 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine New York City Reads 365 List Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards finalist

Pig, Chicken and Cow love the warm and cozy barn Girl made for them out of Popsicle® sticks. Even though Girl forgot to make a door, the three toy animals think their home is perfect. The only thing that isn’t perfect is Dog. He lives outside, but his drool makes it feel as if it’s raining in the barn.

One day, Pig and Chicken decide to go exploring, leaving Cow behind. Before long, Cow hears a drooly, snorty sort of sound, followed by a crash as the barn tips over. Dog is very big, and Cow is terrified—but she really has nothing to fear. All Dog wants to do is play, as Pig and Chicken discover during a daring rescue. Dog becomes a friend. Best of all, now that two sticks have been knocked free, their barn is indeed perfect—front door and all.

With her trademark economy of words and expressive characters, Ruth Ohi has created a refreshing, toddler-friendly story about making friends. 

What makes a good book for preschoolers? Ruth Ohi shares her advice in this link: click here.


“A simple but adorable story for the youngest of readers.”
—Quill & Quire, 10/08

“A simple but heartwarming story about friendship and courage that will entertain and inspire young children. Highly recommended.”
—CM Reviews, 11/08

“A subtle blend of illustration and text which will not only appeal to [Ohi’s] young audience, but also demonstrates for their parents, her delicate, and often very funny, link between text and illustration”
—Deakin Newsletter, 11/08

“Profound in its simplicity, this story has it all.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 10/08

“Definitely recommended for story time . . . will be a hit with librarians, teachers and preschoolers everywhere.”
—Resource Links, 12/08

“The simple text and expressive watercolor . . . are perfect for sharing with a group.”
—School Library Journal, 12/08

“A great story about the simple joys of friendship that young children will be able to understand and enjoy.”
—, 07/14/11