Chinese New Year at Living Paintings
February 5, 2019

2019 is the year of the Pig. Legend says that the order of the Chinese Zodiac was decided by a race. The Jade Emperor invited all the animals to his temple and the first 12 to arrive would rule the zodiac. The day of the race Wolf destroyed Pig’s home, which he had to rebuild before setting off. Despite this delay, Pig was the twelfth animal to arrive at the temple and governs the 12th year.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we’ve brought together all the piggy characters you may meet in our free Touch to See library for blind and visually impaired children and young people. All of these characters have been brought to life with our handcrafted and hand-painted tactile pictures and fun audio guides. Our Touch to See picture books are available to borrow in braille grades 1 and 2 for blind and partially sighted readers.

Gumboot, Gumboot’s Chocolatey Day by Mick Inkpen

A tactile image of Gumboot the Pig and a little girl

Gumboot loves chocolate, but his duck friends down at the pond don’t seem so keen. Find out a what happens on a chocolatey day by clicking here.

Wilbur, Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Two tactile images of Wilbur one as a pig and another fully grown

Charlotte’s Web is a tale following the friendship of a young pig, Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider, Charlotte.  He features in one of our Living Picture Packs which is designed to be used alongside the original book as a tactile guide to the characters within the story. Find it here.

Frankie, Frankie and Albertine by Christine Davenier

A tactile image of a pig and a hen

Frankie is hopelessly in love with Albertine, she’s the hen of his dreams! Yet she seems to take no notice of him, what will he do? Follow Frankie on his quest to impress by borrowing this charming story from our library.

Piggy-wig, The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

A tactile image of a pig with a gold ring in its nose along with a copy of the Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat! Where will they go? What will they do? What do they want with the ring in the end of the Piggy-wig’s nose? Find out what happens in this rhyming story by borrowing it here.

Preston, Boo! by Colin McNaughton

A tactile image of a pig wearing a mask

Get ready for action with Preston the Masked Avenger! He creeps… he sneaks… ready to go… BOO! Will he get his comeuppance? Find out by bringing this book home. Join Preston on more adventures in our other Touch to See book, Suddenly!

Peppa Pig, The Story of Peppa Pig by Mark Baker and Neville Astley

A tactile image of Peppa Pig jumping in a puddle

Do you love splashing in muddy puddles? Peppa does! Bring this much loved TV character home with our Touch to See book following the adventures of Peppa and her family. Continue the fun with Peppa goes Swimming.


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