Me First

Me First

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by Helen Lester, Lynn 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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From the Publisher

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

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

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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395720226
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
75,878
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Helen Lester has written many hilarious and popular picture books, including the Tacky the Penguin series and Hooway for Wodney Wat. She lives in New York. www.helenlester.com

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children, many written by her frequent collaborator, Helen Lester. She lives in Vermont.

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Me First 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
taciesmith More than 1 year ago
My daughter (now 19 & she still has her childhood copy) had me read her this book every night and now my 5 year old niece loves it too. Fun!
LibroLady More than 1 year ago
A plump pink pig hustles to be first in line, first to eat and first to get more than he bargained for.
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Keilansba More than 1 year ago
Me First, by Helen Lester, is a hilarious story of a pig that always wants to be first. During the course of this story, however, Pinkerton the pig learns that being first sometimes comes with a high price. Lester uses language in a fun way that even children as young as five understand as a "play on words." I would highly recommend this as a classroom tool to illustrate the pitfalls of always needing to be first and the effects it can have on yourself and those around you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every one of my kindergarten students listened attentively to this story. The dialogue has a natural tone that makes the characters come alive. What a great way to reinforce the need to share and take turns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a grammar school librarian and every year our Principal read this book to the 1st grade class. They loved it and didn't realize they were learning also. I recommendfed this book to all of the other librarians.