This is one of those books that is the word-and-pictures equivalent of a glass of warm milk, crumbly, just-baked slice of butter cake or snuggling under the covers on a chilly night while your mum (or anyone) reads you a story.
Oliver Pig lives with his mum and dad, and his baby sister, Amanda, who says "Gah!" to everything.
This collection comprises five short tales that describe family life to a T.
Mums with small children will be able to relate to Snowsuits - oh, the blood (nearly), sweat and tears that goes into getting children ready for an outing!
Arnold Lobel's illustrations are so pretty - soft colours, smudged lines, full of delicate details. (Well, they are softly-coloured in my Bodley beginners edition. The cover of the Puffin edition shown here shows a rather more primary-coloured Oliver!)
Both pictures and words convey the feelings of warmth and security that come with being part of a close, loving, giving family.
Read (or listen) and be comforted.