The story took place on the planet Mochiri in 1975. A young and intelligent king pig led a group of advanced pigs who moved there in order to avoid an attack by human beings. They built the Nice Pigs Republic.
In the beautiful spring season, those pigs enjoyed their lives by eating, playing and breeding. They were never bothered by anyone.
Unfortunately, the queen pig died in an attack by human beings in 1997. The king pig grieved her death. As a result, he not only refused to deal with his country, but he also pretended to be sick in bed. His governors began to worry about him. The autumn was approaching and the king pig was so pale and sallow that he didn’t look like a pig. As a result, those governors conducted a secret meeting, named A Good Pig Meeting. They all cried out sighing! “Our king continues to suffer so much, what can we do for him? Is there anything that can cheer our king up? If only the queen hadn’t died. But, she’s dead already. Couldn’t we bring her back to life!” They discussed long and hard to try to find some sort of method of bringing the queen back to life.
“Wow! I have an idea!” one of the governors yelled. All the governors looked toward the origin of the voice with their shinning eyes and saw that it was Governor Smarter who was speaking. “According to legend, there is a sorcerer living in the Flower-Fruit Mountain. He is proficient in medical skills, especially with Cloning-Pig research,” he said.
“Wow! That’s so wonderful!” the pigs yelled with great passion. Upon hearing this good news, the pigs placed a pig elder in charge of leading an expedition team to visit the sorcerer on Flower-Fruit Mountain.
In March of the coming year, the expedition team, led by the pig elder, arrived on Flower-Fruit Mountain.
“No problem!” the sorcerer replied with full confidence, “However, if you want to clone a complete queen pig, you need to collect three things: crocodile eyelashes, goldfish tears, and turtle nails.
“They howled! “Those three ingredients sound impossible! Where can we find them?” the pig elder asked with great curiosity.
“In the Far West, there is a pig warrior living in Dinosaur Basin. You can borrow those three ingredients from him. But do please remember, when you see him, you all must give three howls of laughter. If you make him comfortable, he will be easy to work with.
“After traveling over land and water, the expedition team, suffering inconceivable hardships, arrived in Dinosaur Basin.
When the pigs saw the pig warrior, they did not dare to forget the pig sorcerer’s words. They howled out: “Ha! Ha! Ha!” Finally, after the long journey, they got the three ingredients easily and brought them back to Flower-Fruit Mountain in one night and one day.
Back at Flower-Fruit Mountain, the pig sorcerer murmured incantations while he added the three ingredients to a shallow container. Soon a white fog began to emerge from the shallow container; the queen pig’s figure was gradually forming. With the pigs’ exclamations of joy, the queen pig rose out of the shallow container.
The expedition team brought the queen pig back to the Nice Pigs Republic with boundless joy.
“Ah! Is it really you, dear?” the king pig asked. He suddenly became lively, and he quickly got off his bed and ran to the cloned queen pig.
“Well, who are you?” the cloned queen pig spoke with astonished expression to the king pig.
The king pig and the pig governors explained to the queen pig again and again, nonetheless, she still didn’t understand.The king pig suddenly realized what had happened and spoke to everyone, “We can clone a complete body, but we can’t clone a unique heart.” The king pig stopped immersing himself in the pain of losing his wife. In fact, he comprehended the situation: To command and enjoy his real life was more valuable.
Henceforth the king pig concentrated on governing his country and The Nice Pig Republic thrived once more.
Pig Cloning / Illustration Book
Size: 18cm x 36cm
Medium: Color ink
Assigned by Taiwan Ministry of Education to elementary students nationwide for extra curricular reading.
Interviewed by the New Taiwan magazine, the NO. 318 issue. Article title: The Ministry of Education misestimates the present market of child books.
Honorable nomination in the 2000 Taiwan Star Design Award.
Only 5 out of 1,000 pieces were chosen.
The illustration manuscripts were exhibited in Gao-Xiong City Advertising Creation Association.