The Story Behind the Story – “Pigs in the Kitchen”

The Story Behind the Story – “Pigs in the Kitchen” - All About Reading

Have you ever noticed that some dogs look like their owners?

The mere suggestion of this possibility opened the floodgates for us here at All About Learning Press.

While pondering the question, I jokingly asked, “If dogs look like their owners, could it also be true that book characters resemble their creators?”

Well, one day my staff decided to put the theory to the test. I wasn’t quite sure what to think about it, but they used a Venn diagram to compare me with Warren Pig, the main character in one of the decodable stories from All About Reading Level 4. (If you haven’t met Warren yet, you can read about him in “Pigs in the Kitchen”.)

Read “Pigs in the Kitchen” Here!

The Story Behind the Story" - Pigs in the Kitchen"

So…what’s the verdict? How much do Warren and I have in common? Here’s what my staff discovered:

The Story Behind the Story" - Pigs in the Kitchen"

Well, Warren and I certainly do have some interesting things in common, but we have some big differences too!

Now, It’s Your Turn

Does your child have anything in common with Warren Pig? Will you help satisfy my curiosity? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Download and read “Pigs in the Kitchen” (Download the decodable story from All About Reading Level 4).
  2. Print out the Venn diagram worksheet. Use the Venn diagram in the worksheet to help your child explore how he and Warren are similar and how they are different.
The Story Behind the Story" - Pigs in the Kitchen"

Share Your Discoveries

After downloading and completing your own Venn diagram, please share your findings with us! What do you or your child have in common with Warren? How are you different?

More Fun with Pigs and Pets:

I’d love to hear about what you have in common with Warren. Please let me know in the comments below!

Read more about the inspiration behind the short stories in the All About Reading program!

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This was a brilliant piece to read. And your illustrations are superb.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, thank you, Desola! I’ll let our illustrators know.

Jennifer McLean


I love the beautiful story books in the AAR programs! Extras on the blog, such as these bonus stories and printables, and personal drawings on packages make this program exceptional! I am thankful to have found this program, the thought of teaching reading was completely overwhelming without it.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

I’m glad we can help you to feel confident to teach reading!



I love your books! The stories are very interesting and entertaining too. My daughter especially enjoys the great illustrations that go along with each story.



very interesting. I like all about learning.



I don’t know what we have in common with Warren, but I just wanted to say we LOVE your readers. We are doing AAR level 1, and I have found the stories so engaging, funny, and downright witty. It’s hard to even choose a favorite. The only thing I could improve in them is to make them in color.