A Pig Tale

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Iggy saves everything -- from old mattresses to balls of string -- and his son, Ziggy, is embarrassed by what his schoolmates are saying about all this junk. His father has turned their yard into a pigsty!

What Iggy creates out of all the bits and pieces is beyond what anyone would expect -- come and see!

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Overview

Iggy saves everything -- from old mattresses to balls of string -- and his son, Ziggy, is embarrassed by what his schoolmates are saying about all this junk. His father has turned their yard into a pigsty!

What Iggy creates out of all the bits and pieces is beyond what anyone would expect -- come and see!

A happy, rhyming environmental tale by one of the world's favorite singers, Olivia Newton-John (with Brian Hurst), with endearing pictures by popular children's book illustrator Sal Murdocca is just what budding environmentalists (and their families) will enjoy.

Ziggy proudly invites other piglets and their parents to see what his father has made from all the things he has been saving.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This above-average celebrity fare may err on the side of earnestness and may be a bit too sugary for some palates, but its shortcomings are redeemed by the zippy rhyming text, crisp layout and clean lines of Murdocca's cheery watercolors. Ziggy the pig's dad, Iggy, is an enthusiastic collector of junk. His tastes are indiscriminate, to say the least--he saves everything from bottles and string to bathtubs, mattresses, tires and tubas, hauling his treasures home in his beat-up dump truck. The kids at school tease Ziggy, but their taunts turn to kudos after Iggy sequesters himself in the barn one night and emerges at dawn with a most amazing balloon created entirely from found objects. Ziggy and his dad float off into the sunset while readers learn the book's message: ``Protect our dear earth. / Don't throw it away. / You, too, could make magic / from garbage someday.'' The story will leave readers wondering just one thing--with Newton-John at the helm, can a musical version be far behind? Ages 3-6. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Ziggy the pig has a pop named Iggy who's a great collector of everything from cans to flat tires to old clothes and rags. Because his father fills the house with his finds, Ziggy's classmates make fun of him and tell him he lives in a dump. Ziggy has the last laugh, however, when Iggy unveils his masterpiece-a glittering balloon he has constructed out of junk-in which father and son proceed to fly around the world. If this sounds banal and contrived, just sample the sing-song rhyme scheme and didactic moralizing of this tale: ``Protect our dear earth./Don't throw it away./You, too, could make magic/from garbage someday.'' Murdocca's skillful use of light, shadow, and color in the background illustrations competes unsuccessfully with his cloyingly cutesy depictions of the pigs. The aerodynamic improbability of a flying machine made of junk metal serves as an apt metaphor for this book-both go over like lead balloons.-Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689824289
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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