A Day No Pigs Would Die
by Robert Newton Peck
A Day No Pigs Would Die Chapter 5 Summary
- The next day is Sunday, and Rob and the family go to church. In the afternoon, Rob takes Pinky for a walk up on the hill above the farm.
- Since it's springtime, the snow is melting, and there are little rivulets of water here and there. Rob cracks some butternuts for Pinky to eat, and builds a little "flutterwheel" from a few sticks in one of the tiny streams.
- Pinky gets scared by a crow and a frog; the frog then gets eaten by the crow—poetic justice, eh?Rob remembers a time that his father joked with him about trying to teach a frog to jump backwards. Rob took his father seriously, so he caught a frog and tried to teach it.
- He didn't have any luck, though. Surprise, surprise.
- Pinky goes rooting around in the dirt and ends up with a crawdad attached to her nose.
- Rob pulls the crawdad off and throws it into the pond. Looking toward Mr. Tanner's farm, Rob thinks that it "sure looked prosperous next to ours" (5.23).
- He sees Apron the cow with her two calves, Bob and Bib. (Bob the calf is named after Rob.)
- Rob himself is named after Major Robert Rogers, a colonial frontiersman who fought in the French and Indian War.
- Rob realizes that it's close to chore time, so he and Pinky head home.
- When he gets there, Mama calls him inside the barn to show him that Miss Sarah, their cat, has had kittens.
- Miss Sarah is purring, and the babies are all cuddled against her, nursing.
- Awww. Doesn't get any sweeter than that, folks.
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