Esther The Wonder Pig: Changing The World One Heart At A Time by Steve JenkinsEsther The Wonder Pig: Changing The World One Heart At A Time by Steve Jenkins

Esther The Wonder Pig: Changing The World One Heart At A Time

bySteve Jenkins, Derek Walter

Hardcover | May 31, 2016

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Unlikely pig owners Steve and Derek got a whole lot more than they bargained for when the designer micro piglet they adopted turned out to be a full-sized 600-pound sow! This funny, inspirational story shows how families really do come in all shapes and sizes.

In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn't be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek's lives forever.

It turned out there was nothing "micro" about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, Tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need.

Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek's adventure--from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.

In just two short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the worlds most well-known and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world. In 2014 Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario, where they continue to...
Title:Esther The Wonder Pig: Changing The World One Heart At A TimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.75 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1455560782

ISBN - 13:9781455560783


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I love Esther and her posts on Facebook. This book is how she become the Queen of social media. Adopted as what was to be a mini pig she just kept growing (650 pounds). The start was very rocky but her dads fell so in love with her they couldn’t imagine life without her. Most of her early life was in their 1000 sq foot home with her two dads, two dogs and two cats. The early misadventures are hilarious! The one about the huge container of vegetable oil and wrestled a oil slick pig out of their bed was the best! Such a sweet read with awesome vegan recipes at the end!
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! After following Esther The Wonder Pig on facebook, I decided to buy this book and it doesn't disappoint. Such an interesting story of Esther and her Dads. I'm assuming it will be made into a movie in the future.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what i had hoped. Wasn't as keen on this book as everyone else. The writing seemed a bit repetitive and as much as I fell in love with Esther I couldn't get over my dislike for the author/narrator. He just seemed a little entitled in his tone. The message is heartwarming though. I found Marley and Me to be a much better contender if you're looking for a story about an animal becoming part of the family.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Try not to Smile Such a fantastic story to be told. Steve, Derek & Esther have come a long way to spread their message of Love & Kindness. I can't wait for their next book release!
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME I've never read a book like this. Loved all the stories and actually enjoyed every minute of this book
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! This was the BEST book I ever read! Could not put it down! Made me laugh & made me cry. You won't be dissapointed with this book, such a remarkable true story of FABULOUS ESTHER! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HILARIOUSLY WRITTEN! I highly recommend this book if you having a hard month with the blues. And just in general really..... this book will definitely make you smile and even let out a couple of laughs in the process. truly happy with this purchase
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming If you love animals, and also HUMANS who love animals, this will delight you. Esther and her Dads will have you awwing and laughing out loud the entire time. So much fun to read about their lives and how they ended up on this wonderous journey as advocates for compassion and love for ALL animals.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming and lovable! I'm a huge fan of Esther and her entire family, so I was very excited about this book. Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I've been a fan of Esther's for quite some time and I was eager to read this book. It did not disappoint at all . Steve and Derek are truly amazing people and this story will make you laugh and cry and may just change your viewpoint on pigs!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So touching! I went through this book in a wink of an eye. Funny how even though I knew the end, I kept asking myself "OMG! are they gonna make it?" chapter after chapter. Like everybody else who read this book, I laughed, I cried, I pondered. The hardships that Steve and Derek went through, the emotional breakdowns, getting the family and friends' approval...I felt it all. This book is a MUST read for everybody! It will teach you that nothing comes easy. But once you put your mind to it, you will succeed and there can only be good and happiness at the end. I love you Esther(and your dads) for everything you're doing!
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and heartwarming!!! I could not wait for this book to arrive....and I was not disappointed. Simply an amazing story of love that had me crying and laughing. I love reading and it has been a long time since I could not put a book down until Esther!!! Thank you for sharing Esther with the world, and helping to open our eyes to the beauty of loving a not so average house pet!!!
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I have ever read! You will not be able to put this book down! I read this book cover to cover in one afternoon. It is an extremely easy, enjoyable read and even has some pictures which I have looked at many times. The story of Esther and her family is one of true love and compassion, which is so needed in our world today. It will make you laugh and cry and will make you feel happy just reading about the beautiful life Esther and her animals friends have been given thanks to her incredible dads. It's the kind of story that makes you want to be a better person and spread kindness. Thank you for sharing your story and your lives with the world!
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the most heartwarming book I've ever read I found Esther the wonder Pig, to be a book which represents dedication, perseverance, but most of all LOVE! The story was sometimes funny, sometimes sad...but since we know Esther is still with her dads is a wonderful thing! Thanks to Derek and Steve for sharing this rare experience in today's world...your commitment and unwavering love sets a good example of what we all should be like! Thank you for sharing, you fellas and Esther, are truly remarkable!!
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried, I laughed and I couldn't put it down! I've been following Esther, her dads and all their animals on Facebook since the beginning, so I knew I would love this book before I even started it. It is a beautifully written story of love and kindness that deserves to be read by everyone. I cried, laughed and read the whole thing within a few hours. I am really glad I could support them by purchasing this book and sincerely hope their beautiful message gets spread around the world.
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely The Best! My son ordered me this book for my birthday back in Feb of this year...I read it just a couple of weeks ago and honestly I could not put it down...To be brutally honest I have not read a book in forever..I started my read on a Sat evening and was still awake Sunday morning reading it..You'll laugh, you'll cry and most of all you will simply be in awe of these two men and their "Baby Girl, Esther"..It's a truly beautiful story and for this "Little Piggy" a beautiful life!..Must Read!!!
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book to read in a long time I bought this book on a Friday and waited until Sunday to read. Wow it is truly amazing, I laughed a lot, I cried, I am just amazed how awesome this book is. No wonder it is on the best seller list. I definetly is a must to read, I follow Esther the Wonder Pig on Facebook all he time, I think one of my favorite parts it the where Esther gets in the vegetable oil. You can't put this book down I read it all Sunday afternoon, it is so worth it.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's worth reading I preordered this book back in April as I follow Esther on Facebook. I finished it quickly as I couldn't put it down. You think you know most of the story, but this book tells you some of the stuff they would never post. I was surprised by their honesty in their feelings and how difficult it was at times. Steve and Derek really love each other as I don't know too many relationships that would have survived some of the stuff they went through.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and heartwarming read I have been following Esther on facebook for a few years now and looked so forward to reading the book. I was not disappointed! So much love and humour -- and an amazingly heartwarming story that I think most people would enjoy.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring heartwarming read This book found me and reminded me why I am an advocate for animals and how important it is to eat mindfully. Not only was the authors journey funny; insightful and honest; it was incredibly heartwarming. I laughed, I cried, it warmed my heart. Thank you Steve, Derek and of course Esther.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Story I've been following the adventures of Esther and her dads and family on Facebook for awhile now so I was thrilled that they wrote a book! As expected, it made me laugh and cry, as do their Facebook posts! They're my new heroes, doing something I only wish I could do! Do I have a slight obsession with Esther? Maybe, but that's a good obsession to have!
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful love story What a wonderful book. It really makes you understand the love between these two men and Esther. It was heartwarming and funny and so inspirational. It is unbelievable how Steve and Derek's life was changed by Esther and social media. But the story ends too soon. I want to know more about those first few days, weeks and month's on the farm and how they all made the real transition to this new life and how Esther continues to be such a phenomenon. I await the second book!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED Really nice story, well written. You can almost hear the "Dads" as they root through some interesting situations. Go Esther go.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This book is a great read that is very well written. Such an entertaining and heartwarming story!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Deeply Meaningful Esther sweetie I finished your book last night. What struck me deeply was the way the Dads' lives were changed because of you. But I really think the Dads changed your life as well. So the remaining question is really 'who rescued who?'. I cried in some parts and felt such happiness in others. I think a version of your story would make an excellent children's book, in that the illustration of persistence forces you to think outside the box (whatever that is) and create different solutions all the while demonstrating kindness and love. You are a wonderful soul and so are your Dads and Grandma.
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Esther The Wonder Pig I couldn't put the book down. It is well written with love and humor. This book belongs in libraries and school libraries. I am hoping that Derek and Steve will now write a book on the sanctuary that they have created.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. It will make you laugh till your stomach hurts, I got a little teary eyed at parts and most important it opened my mind and heart!! Kindness really is magic!! It's a true love story... about determination, change and acceptance for all. Esther and her dads will capture your heart, mind and soul!! Can't wait for the second book to come out...
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a must read!! I didn't want this book to end. It is a beautiful story about a 600 lb pig and her Dads that will make you laugh, and sometimes cry, but mostly laugh. Esther (the piggy princess) has certainly changed my world, and there is no turning back!
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! I finished this book and I must say it's one of the most heartwarming, funny, beautifully written books I have ever read. Everyone should read this book. Might cause a few tears though - glad I knew how it turned out. When you read it, you hear Steve's voice in your head throughout the whole book. Very well done!
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Just finished it last night. It was a fun ride, touching, moving, funny and I even teared up a few times. I could hear Steve talking, I see their faces. My only "bad" comment, it was too short, I wanted more, I wanted it to keep going. Learn how Esther reacted to the new animals coming to the farm. I am hoping for a Tome II
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Four stars for a fun read. Okay, the title caught your eye didn't it? Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time. And how about that cute little piggy face? Well, inside the pages of Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter's new book, written with Caprice Crane, you'll find the story of Esther, the mini pig that was, well, a big pig. Steve and his partner Derek are animal lovers. They were living with a pair of dogs and cats in their home in a large urban area in Ontario when an old high school friend of Steve's contacted him. (After 15 years of no contact...) " Hey Steve. I know you've always been a huge animal lover. I have a mini pig that is not getting along with my dogs. I've just had a baby and I can't keep the pig." Uh huh. So combined with that 15 years and the words 'mini pig', alarms should be going off right? Nope - Steve ends up meeting the woman and bringing home the cute little animal. It's the word 'huge' in that email that is quite prophetic. 'Esther' isn't a mini (surprise!) - instead, she ends up being a full blown commercial size pig. Yes, a 650 pound pig in a 1000 sq.ft. home! I really enjoyed Steve's voice - I suspect he would be a hoot to meet in person. He's passionate, impetuous and downright funny. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Derek seems to be a bit calmer and more practical. But their love for Esther is the same. Loving a full sized pig does bring some inevitable changes - physically, mentally and lifestyle. How those changes occurred and how they literally affected and inspired hundreds of thousands of people is a wonderful, heartwarming tale. Esther's story will bring a smile to your day, have you taking a second look at where your food comes from, perhaps inspire you to investigate a vegan lifestyle, support rescue operations and more. Oh, and my book has a nice little blurb from Ricky Gervais: "Funny, moving, and heartwarming. The greatest love story ever told between two men and their pig." Yup, that about sums it up. A fun read that will leave you smiling. My only negative is the celebrity comparisons that just felt forced and awkward.
Date published: 2016-05-20

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