were at the park. In “Pigs in Heaven,” Taylor is forced to find a job and a place to live forher and Turtle. The different views of family that display through the conflicts of the novel contribute to the theme because they show how important having support is. Custody issues in the novels confirm how many people care for and support Turtle. Finally, foreshadowing is present in “The Bean Trees” through the snake when Turtle is attacked at the park. The snake foreshadowed the bad and traumatizing event that was going to occur. Foreshadowing also takes place in “Pigs in Heaven” when Alicehas a desire to be a part of the community. This foreshadows her joining the Cherokee nation later in the novel. Events of foreshadowing allow us to see the development of Taylor when she adapts to becoming a mother. In conclusion, “The Bean Trees” and “Pigs in Heaven,” written by Barbara Kingsolver, shows the theme that it takes a village to raise a child through imagery, conflict and foreshadowing. These literary devices prove to add the theme and the overall story throughout both novels.