Piglet's Picnic: A Story about Food and Counting

Piglet's Picnic: A Story about Food and Counting

by Jessica Souhami
     
 

One sunny day, Piglet invites her friends on a picnic by the river, asking them to bring their favorite food. On her way to the picnic, she is joined by mice, blackbirds, frogs, dogs, and sheep. All the animals have brought packages and bags to share, but when they unpack them, they discover that each animal has brought food that no one else eats. The sheep have

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One sunny day, Piglet invites her friends on a picnic by the river, asking them to bring their favorite food. On her way to the picnic, she is joined by mice, blackbirds, frogs, dogs, and sheep. All the animals have brought packages and bags to share, but when they unpack them, they discover that each animal has brought food that no one else eats. The sheep have brought grass; the dog has brought a bone; and the blackbirds have brought wriggly worms — disgusting! It looks as if the picnic will be a disaster . . . until clever Piglet opens her basket to reveal 12 delicious little cakes. This lift-the-flap counting book weaves sharing and simple numbers into an appealing story with lively collage illustrations and a brilliant read-aloud text.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Piglet invites her friends to join her for a picnic by the river and bring a favorite food to share. Various friends arrive on the path as Piglet carefully carries her basket covered by a napkin. As she notes the sizes of the bundles and pails they are bringing, Piglet is concerned. Will there be enough food? She is really hungry. The sheep are the first to open their bag and reveal the tasty little bunches of grass inside. Mouse has brought stinky cheese. Dog has a dirty, well chewed bone. Black bugs crawl from Frog's tiny box. Wriggly worms emerge from the blackbirds' bundle. Piglet is perplexed. Then she lays out a large cloth. Each animal has its own food. Fortunately, Piglet brought twelve cupcakes. All of the guests eat one and Piglet eats the remaining three. A perfect picnic for everyone! Brightly colored illustrations feature large images of animals and foods. Lift-the-flap pages conceal the food until the reader opens the flap. The last page showing the picnic folds out to the size of four pages. A fun participatory book for young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
When Piglet invites nine of her friends to a picnic, young readers are also invited to "unpack" their picnic baskets. The tale sets children up to count from two to 10 as each set of friends arrives in the parade to the riverside picnic, Piglet worrying all the while if they've brought enough to share, as she is "peckish." But when they finally sit down to eat, the problem is not one of amount but of taste. Lifting the gatefolds reveals that the sheep have brought grass, the mouse some smelly cheese—and the birds' and frogs' contributions are still alive! Luckily, Piglet settles on the perfect solution, and everyone enjoys the feast and the company. Brightly colored backgrounds and cut-paper collages are Souhami's trademark, here enhanced by charcoal details. The animals are easy to count, and the gatefolds will stand up to repeated readings. While the incorporation of synonyms may appeal to adults, for those who are teaching their children not to say "yuck" to other people's food choices, this may be one to miss—a small quibble. (Picture book. 3-6)

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ISBN-13:
9781845079765
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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