Pigs in the Corner: Fun with Math and Dance


The dancing teacher has come down with a cold on the night of the Pig family's big square dancing recital. Mr. Pig volunters to fill in and save the day, but calling a square dance is harder that it looks! Can Mr. Pig direct the moves without causing a dancing disaster?

Mr. Pig fills in for the missing caller at the square dancing recital. Includes related activities.

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The dancing teacher has come down with a cold on the night of the Pig family's big square dancing recital. Mr. Pig volunters to fill in and save the day, but calling a square dance is harder that it looks! Can Mr. Pig direct the moves without causing a dancing disaster?

Mr. Pig fills in for the missing caller at the square dancing recital. Includes related activities.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Mathematical terms and concepts...are cleverly woven into the story."
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Papa Pig calls the moves in Amy Axelrod's Pigs in the Corner: Fun With Math and Dance, illus. by Sharon McGinley-Nally, the eighth title in the Pigs Will Be Pigs math series. Square-dancing sows and their "gents" teach "spatial sense and direction." A note in the front advises readers how to best use the book; a "Beginners Square Dancing Dictionary" in the back defines the basics. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
When Mrs. and Mr. Pig and the piglets hear that their dancing teacher will be unable to give the square dancing calls at their dance recital, Mr. Pig quickly volunteers to do the calls so the dance recital can go on. Little does Mr. Pig realize the necessary skill that a square dance caller must possess. The result is pandemonium. Mr. Pig, while an accomplished dancer, is not aware of all of the rules or all the calls required in square dancing. Halfway through the square dance, he decides to wing it, making up calls willy-nilly and loosing sight of the dancers. Eventually, Mr. Pig's calls lead the dancers back into the hall, and he finishes with a flourish that results in all the dancers landing in a heap in the middle of the dance hall. This is a very cute story, and according to Axelrod, actually happened at her children's school. The author states the story is written in such a way that children can learn lessons about spatial sense and direction, but I find no evidence of such a lesson in the story or the pictures. The story is funny, and basic rules and dance steps of square dancing are included. The pictures are bright and colorful and do a fair job of detailing the action taking place. 2001, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $14.00. Ages 4 to 9. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Mr. Pig agrees to be the caller for the Lefooters Club square-dance recital, although he has never done it before. He feels confident after reading the manual, which stresses being creative, professional, safe, and friendly. Everything starts off well, but then a musician grabs Mr. Pig for a swing, and he loses his glasses (not stated in the text, but clearly shown in the illustrations). A bit worried, he continues his prompts without ever seeing how tangled the dancers are becoming. In the end, he tells Mrs. Pig, "I told you I'd bring down the-" leaving the sentence and the story unfinished for younger children who can see the pile of dancers on the floor. Colorful illustrations of various animals decked out in elaborate attire add much to the story, often filling in the details not included in the text. Nothing in the text suggests that this is a math story, despite the subtitle. Lacking in story line and math skills, as well as feeling forced and only half-finished, this is definitely not one of Axelrod's better Pig family stories.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The eighth title in the Pigs Will Be Pigs math-concept series by Axelrod and McGinley-Nally (Pigs at Odds, 2000, etc.) finds the pig family taking up square dancing and passing along lessons about spatial sense and direction. Left and right, high and low, backward, counting, sidestep, up, hop, center, back-to-back, sets, circles, pairs, and squares, of course, are mathematical terms and concepts that are cleverly woven into the story. Mr. Pig has to take over as the square-dance caller, making up his own calls as he goes along, while his family joins the dancers, pairs of animals from both farm and forest. The brightly clad dancers get tangled up from his inexperienced directions, ending up in a "pig pile" that literally brings down the house. The story serves more as an introduction to square dancing than as actual mathematical instruction, but there is an ongoing demand for elementary-grade titles that show math concepts in real life. McGinley-Nally's vibrant illustrations in ink, watercolor, and acrylics make the most of the square dancers' wildly patterned costumes and colorful cowboy boots. A list of square-dancing terms and an author's note provide additional information. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416903352
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/21/2005
  • Edition description: Ages 4-9
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,154,636
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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