Me First

Me First

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by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger, Lynn M. Munsinger
     
 

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Being first isn't always best, as Pinkerton Pig finds out after an encounter with a mean Sand Witch. As always, Helen Lester's wonderfully offbeat humor and Lynn Munsinger's whimsical illustrations result in a hilarious lesson about piggishness. The picture book duo of Lester and Munsinger has created six previous books, including the award-winning TACKY THE

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Being first isn't always best, as Pinkerton Pig finds out after an encounter with a mean Sand Witch. As always, Helen Lester's wonderfully offbeat humor and Lynn Munsinger's whimsical illustrations result in a hilarious lesson about piggishness. The picture book duo of Lester and Munsinger has created six previous books, including the award-winning TACKY THE PENGUIN.

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"Sure to be both popular and useful, this is Lester and Munsinger's best collaboration to date." School Library Journal, Starred

"During a beach picnic with the Pig Scouts, Pinkerton's boundless greed sends him ahead of the others to a voice that asks if anyone would care for a sandwich. There he discovers, instead, a witch,and he is obliged to wait on her, do her chores, and re-examine the glories of being first. The droll ink and watercolor illustrations impart the full effect of the witch's messy lifestyle." Horn Book

"Sure to be both popular and useful, this is Lester and Munsinger's best collaboration to date." School Library Journal, Starred

"During a beach picnic with the Pig Scouts, Pinkerton's boundless greed sends him ahead of the others to a voice that asks if anyone would care for a sandwich. There he discovers, instead, a witch,and he is obliged to wait on her, do her chores, and re-examine the glories of being first. The droll ink and watercolor illustrations impart the full effect of the witch's messy lifestyle." Horn Book

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In another successful joint effort, the creators of Tacky the Penguin and Pookins Gets Her Way introduce a memorable character--a plump, delightfully expressive pig named Pinkerton, who always insists on being first, ``even if it meant bouncing off bellies, stepping on snouts, or tying tails.'' When Pinkerton's Pig Scout troop goes to the beach, Munsinger's hilarious, whimsical art shows the pushy fellow (wearing pink-and-white dotted trunks, an inflatable tube and goggles) stepping on the heads of two pals to be ``first out of the water, and first into the picnic basket.'' But when the piggy Pinkerton rushes across the beach to respond to an alluring question (``Who would care for a sandwich?'') he gets a well-deserved comeuppance, for he is pressed into service by a tiny Sandwitch who needs someone to take care of her. This funny, fetching tale will bring chuckles--and a lesson--to any child with a tendency to echo Pinkerton's cries of ``Me first.'' Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A funny story about a child (in this case a young pig) still in the egocentric stage. Pinkerton is pushy. He is the first one on the bus, the first one in the water, and the first one down the slide. He is leading his Pig Scout troup one day when he hears a voice ask, : `` `. . . Who would care for a sandwich?' '' Pinkerton then learns that first is not always best, because he must take care of a demanding Sandwitch (doing her dishes, telling her a bedtime story, etc.). From the opening description of Pinkerton as ``pink, plump, and pushy,'' to the many labors he must endure, the tale is filled with humor. The pictures are replete with action, and the expressive watercolors greatly enhance the comedy. Sure to be both popular and useful, this is Lester and Munsinger's best collaboration to date. --George Delalis, Oakland Pub. Lib . , CA
Annie Ayres
"Pink, plump, and pushy," Pinkerton is a pig whose battle cry is "Me first!" and who would "do anything to be first, even if it meant bouncing off bellies, stepping on snouts, or tying tails"--would, that is, until he meets his match in a wise little Sandwitch (not to be mistaken for a "sandwich"), who teaches him the perils of pushiness. This is the seventh book from the team that produced the delightfully oddball "Tacky the Penguin". And while a comeuppance tale is almost never as much fun as a hero tale, Lester tells her story in a bubbling, bouncy rhythm, which Munsinger further punches up with sunny wash illustrations that brim with humorous highlights and asides. Guaranteed to be good for story hour giggles.
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Pinkerton loved to be first. He would shove, push, and bounce his way to the front of any line. When his scout troop went to the beach, he was first off the bus, first in the water, and first into the picnic basket. When a voice called over the sand asking who would care for a sandwich, Pinkerton raced ahead of the others to be first in line. But what he discovered was very different from what he expected. Instead of being given a yummy sandwich, Pinkerton was first to care for a Sandwitch. Pinkerton suddenly found himself first to clean her sandcastle, first to prepare lunch for the Sandwitch, first to do her laundry, and first to tuck her into bed. Being forced to care for someone else instead of shoving his way to the front teaches Pinkerton an important lesson about letting others be first sometimes. This sweet little book is full of playful illustrations that children will enjoy studying as the story is read aloud to them. The characters are very charming and the activities that Pinkerton and the Sandwitch engage in are adorable. The story is ideal for reading aloud and bedtimes. Reviewer: Danielle Williams; Ages 4 to 8.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395587065
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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