Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch

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Piggies plot a peculiar path. Two little piggies run amok on the farm, as they travel from the pumpkin patch, through the garden, into the black bull's pen, and back to mama pig in time for a nap. The piggies' antics introduce young readers to prepositions of direction. Alliteration, assonance, and rhyme in each of the three stanzas make for a great read-aloud.
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Overview

Piggies plot a peculiar path. Two little piggies run amok on the farm, as they travel from the pumpkin patch, through the garden, into the black bull's pen, and back to mama pig in time for a nap. The piggies' antics introduce young readers to prepositions of direction. Alliteration, assonance, and rhyme in each of the three stanzas make for a great read-aloud.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Frisky piggies leave their sleeping mother in the pumpkin patch to seek adventure. Just a few words per double page describe their trip, using some rhymes and lots of terse descriptions, like "...under crinkly, clean sheets..." or "...between teasing tabby cats..." as they go past the clover field into the big bull's pen. There's a big squeal, then a "crash and dash," as they run around, through, and past back to the pumpkin patch, where they end "deep asleep." The map of the farm on the end pages traces the pigs' adventure with a dotted line marked with Start and Finish for young readers to follow. But the real fun is found in the lively action the porkers demonstrate as they interact along their way. Pencil line drawings are painted in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, resulting in sharply defined characters set in solid colored backgrounds. The bull is magnificent, with steaming nostrils and angry eyes, fearful indeed. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1—Two adventurous little pigs sneak away from their sleeping mother and go exploring before falling asleep themselves. They cover a lot of territory, going under, over, behind, into, etc. Unfortunately, the text does little except highlight the various prepositions and action words. The narrative is awkward, sometimes rhyming and sometimes not; it does not flow easily or follow a predictable pattern. The illustrations, rendered in pencil and painted in Photoshop and Illustrator, lack dimensionality. Elements appear to float across the pages, untethered by the lack of a consistent physical plane. The perspective distorts the shape of the barn and house, which may be confusing for young children. Well-designed endpapers provide a map of the pigs' route, which would be fun for children to trace. However, it is disappointing for the endpapers to be the best part of a book.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570914614
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 949,699
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Peterson has illustrated many books for children, including OCEAN SOUP, WIGGLE AND WAGGLE, NO TIME TO NAP, and CAT ON WHEELS. Mary lives in Los Angeles, California. Jennifer Rofe is a children's book agent living in Los Angeles, California. PIGGIES IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH, co-authored by Mary Peterson, is her picture book debut.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2010

    Great first effort from a fun new author!

    Jennifer Rofe is young, talented and fun! Your kids will love this story and so will you.

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