Retired teacher Jeanette Cantrell fondly recalls growing up on a farm with her sisters. She and sisters Jean Knutson and Aileen Layon recount the true story about a pig Cantrell raised as a child in "The Summer of Joanie and Bobo." Cantrell will sign copies of the book at an event Saturday afternoon at Russo's Books.
In the children's book, Joanie, a sensitive little girl growing up on a farm in North Dakota, experiences a very special summer. From a litter of pigs, she rescues an ailing piglet. With careful nursing and help from her family, Joanie rears the pig she names Bobo. A unique bond grows among the child, pig and the two family dogs. Being raised with dogs as companions, Bobo develops canine-like behavior along with his natural hog instincts.
Although Bobo is a major part of Joanie's life this particular summer, she also has fun with friends and cousins. She interacts with her compassionate parents and uncles, revealing strong farm family ties at a time when life was difficult in some ways and simpler in others.
-- News release from Jeanette Cantrell