Monday, January 13, 2020


Janice Jean the Swimming Swine
by Lisa Larson Gorum
Newman Springs Publishing, $24.95
January 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

I was thrilled to learn that Lisa Larson Gorum has written a children’s book, Janice Jean the Swimming Swine, and could not wait to get one in my hands! I was not disappointed!  

Not only is the book filled with lovely and colorful illustrations, but the story is also one that you will love reading to children. It is one of love, apprehension, motivation, self-confidence, and a life lesson to never give up! 

The main character, Janice Jean, is a pig that was lucky enough to be adopted by a loving family that spent much of their free time at the lake, but she couldn’t swim. Or could she?

I can’t say enough about this beautifully written book! Every child can learn a lesson from this heartwarming story. A story of courage and the belief that you can do anything you set your mind to.  A must-have for your children's library, friends!


I can’t wait to read Lisa’s next book, Jean the Homecoming Queen. This Southern writer is well on her way to winning our hearts and the hearts of children everywhere. 

About the Author 

Lisa is a Southern belle who is a wife, mother of three and grandmother of four. In her spare time, she is an artist, bee keeper, gourmet cook that loves to entertain, and now a writer!  

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