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At Penelope Pig's sleepover party, six pigs in pj's eat pizza and pasta, pound a pinata, pin the tail on the pony, prance to piano, and then form a precarious pyramid--collapsing, of course, into a sqealing pig pile!

Maggie Smith combines rollicking rhymes and infectious alliterations to make a perfectly pleasing book filled with fun and the letter P. And while there are scads of P words in the text, the art has even more--the pictures are ...
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Pigs in Pajamas

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Overview

At Penelope Pig's sleepover party, six pigs in pj's eat pizza and pasta, pound a pinata, pin the tail on the pony, prance to piano, and then form a precarious pyramid--collapsing, of course, into a sqealing pig pile!

Maggie Smith combines rollicking rhymes and infectious alliterations to make a perfectly pleasing book filled with fun and the letter P. And while there are scads of P words in the text, the art has even more--the pictures are filled with more than 75 objects beginning with the letter P for young readers to find. The playful pictures also introduce other preschool concepts, such as colors, shapes, patterns, and counting.

Pigs in Pajamas offers a fun way to get preschoolers thinking about language and building their vocabularies. Party on, Penelope Pig!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Ready or not, this whimsical story about Penelope Pig's sleepover party will teach young readers all about the letter p: the sound it makes, the upper and lower case letter formation, party games that begin with the /p/ sound, and much more. On each brightly colored page the adorable illustrations and humorous, rhymed text contain alliterative language and dozens of adorable items that begin with the letter p. For example, on the page where Penelope and her pig friends are climbing on each other's backs to make a pyramid, readers will see a pot of pansies, a peace sign, a parrot, a piano, and pick-up sticks. Young readers will enjoy carefully looking at each page to find all the p words. This will be a wonderful activity for young readers to enjoy independently or with a reading partner. On the final page of the book there is a complete list of all the /p/ objects which can be found throughout the book, and the most dedicated readers will surely enjoy many re-readings to be sure that they find each of these /p/ word illustrations. This delightful and charming story about Penelope and her pig friends will entertain young readers and immerse them in early literacy concepts and the pleasure of words. Children who read this book will be wishing for a book which explored their favorite letter or the first letter of their name! Penelope Pig and her fun-loving friends will have young readers thinking about words, sounds, and the joy of reading and language. Reviewer: Susan Borges
School Library Journal
.PreS—Cheerful porkers on every page eat peaches and pistachios, play with pianos and piñatas, and primp in pinstripe and polka-dot pajamas. A mixture of collage and cartoonlike artwork, the illustrations create a kind of seek-and-find for items beginning with the letter "P." The rhyme scheme labors inconsistently, with some lines rhyming on the same spread, while others require a page turn to finish the verse. The lack of discernible rhythm makes this title unlikely to become a favorite read-aloud. Smith's audience seems to be educators working with preschoolers on letter recognition, not the preschoolers themselves. For better alliterative picture books choose Barbara deRubertis's "Animal Antics A to Z" series (Kane). It has the one "P" word that Smith forgot: plot.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Presenting a precious piggy pajama party. Penelope Pig is having a sleepover party with all of her pig friends. Everyone arrives in their pajamas (one each dressed in paisley, plaid, patchwork, pink, pinstripe, polka-dot and posy print). "Pigs come with presents of all shapes and sizes-- / peppermints, posies, a peach lollipop. // Penelope's ready with punch, pies, and pudding; / there's pasta and pizza with pickles on top!" They pig out and play pin the tail on the donkey. They prance to songs from the piano and make a piggy pile in the middle of the floor. Finally, when pooped, they plump pillows and drift off to sleep. Author and illustrator Smith's paean to the 16th letter of the alphabet is a pleasing porcine romp that only occasionally stretches for the rhyme. The watercolor-and-collage illustrations, all full bleed, are packed with P's, most of which are listed on the last page (in order of appearance); perfect for turning subsequent readings into seek-and-find games. Even the piggy proclamations appearing in the illustrations are replete with P's. Practicable if not peerless practice for picking up plosives. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375987472
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

MAGGIE SMITH's acclaimed books include One Naked Baby; Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon; Desser the Best Ever Cat; and Christmas with the Mousekins.
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