Old Woman and Her Pig: An Appalachian Folktale

Old Woman and Her Pig: An Appalachian Folktale

by Margaret Read MacDonald, John Kanzler, John Kanzler
     
 

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"Goin' to town,
gonna buy a little pig.
Jig jog jig jog jiggety-jig!"

But when the old woman tries to take that little pig home to her little boy, the pig won't cross the bridge—this little piggy is afraid of the water! The old woman pushes and pulls, cries and cajoles, with no luck. Until she sees a dog, a

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"Goin' to town,
gonna buy a little pig.
Jig jog jig jog jiggety-jig!"

But when the old woman tries to take that little pig home to her little boy, the pig won't cross the bridge—this little piggy is afraid of the water! The old woman pushes and pulls, cries and cajoles, with no luck. Until she sees a dog, a rat, and a cat—can the old woman convince them to help her get the piggy back home?

Acclaimed storyteller Margaret Read MacDonald and illustrator John Kanzler bring new life to this classic tale.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
An old woman finds a penny and heads off to town to buy herself a fat little pig: "Goin' to town, gonna buy a little pig. Jig jog jig jog jiggety-jig!" But on the way home, with night falling, the little pig refuses to cross the necessary bridge: "I can't get to my little boy tonight. It's almost dark, but the moon does shine." Luckily, cat worries rat, who nips dog, who barks at pig, and pig crosses the bridge in time for all the barnyard animals, and the old woman and her little boy, to have a musical reunion. In an author's note, MacDonald explains that the crying song—"but the moon does shine"—appeared in early print versions of the story, while the jogging song is her own invention. This does feel a bit like two different stories melded uneasily together: one expects to find one unifying refrain for a retold folktale, not two. Kanzler's illustrations depict the "little pig" as enormous, with the other assisting animals also grotesquely and almost menacingly oversized. But the closing spread where the pig fiddles while the others jig makes for a satisfying ending.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2
This adaptation lacks the cleverness of the traditional British tale, the humor of Paul Galdone's 1960 version, and the fun of Eric Kimmel's 1992 offering. Old Woman goes "Jig jog jig jog jiggety-jig!" to town to buy a fat pig after Little Boy finds a penny. (Will anyone believe that she can buy a pig for a penny?) On the way back, the creature won't cross the bridge, so the old woman asks a dog to bark at the pig, a rat to nip the dog, and, finally, a cat to worry the rat. When the cat agrees to help, the other animals do their thing, and they all end up across the bridge and home with the little boy in time to dance a jig by nightfall. MacDonald has cut out some of the action of the original and watered down the story so that the tale seems rather pointless. There is a faint attempt to add some rhythm through the repetition of several lines, but the pace is uneven and sounds forced. Kanzler's animals are so friendly looking that one wonders why they refused to do the old woman's bidding in the first place.
—Martha SimpsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When the old woman who lives in a little house on the hill finds a copper penny, she goes to town to buy a fat pig. "Goin' to town, gonna buy a little pig. Jig jog jig jog Jiggety-jig!" MacDonald's retelling of the classic story stirs in mountain flavor to the folksy fun of the cumulative tale. Kanzler's textured paintings play up the expressions and sauciness of the old woman, her little boy and the animals (cat, rat, dog, pig) as the page composition cunningly stages each refusal to cross the bridge and bold type emphasizes sounds and phrases. Few versions of the story have matched the mettle of Paul Galdone's since 1960; Rosanne Litzinger's (1993) borders on sweetness and Eric Kimmel's (1992), in which ten things buck the bridge, lacks charm. In contrast, this rendition is in fine fettle with its down-home cadence, rustic setting and spunky characterizations that resemble Marcia Sewell's style. (author's note, music for two songs) (Picture book/folktale. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060280895
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Read MacDonald is a storyteller, author, folklorist, and children's librarian, whom School Library Journal has called "a grand dame of storytelling." Ms. MacDonald is the author of numerous books, including pickin' peas, illustrated by Pat Cummings, and the award-winning book The Parents' Guide to Storytelling. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.

John Kanzler is the illustrator of several books for children, including Whose Feet? by Nina Hess, and The Big Rock Candy Mountain. He lives with his wife, Diane, on a farm in Greenfield, Massachusetts, along with several sheep, llamas, and cats—but no pigs.

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