Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking

Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking

by Amy Axelrod, Sharon McGinley-Nally
     
 

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When poor Mrs. Pig gets a cold, Mr. Pig and the piglets devise a plan to get rid of her sniffles. The Pigs decide on the perfect remedy: to fix Mrs. Pig's favorite five alarm chili. Will the Pigs be able to cure Mrs. Pig with a spicy meal? Or will their measuring mistakes get them in hot water? Join the Pigs and see what trouble they can cook up in the kitchen.See more details below

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When poor Mrs. Pig gets a cold, Mr. Pig and the piglets devise a plan to get rid of her sniffles. The Pigs decide on the perfect remedy: to fix Mrs. Pig's favorite five alarm chili. Will the Pigs be able to cure Mrs. Pig with a spicy meal? Or will their measuring mistakes get them in hot water? Join the Pigs and see what trouble they can cook up in the kitchen.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4A mildly entertaining picture book with a tenuous math connection. Mrs. Pig isn't feeling well, so while she rests, Mr. Pig and the two piglets decide to cook her a meal. Of course, disaster occurs when these three strangers to the kitchen fail to follow the recipe for Firehouse Chili, which is included on a double-page spread. Mrs. Pig recovers and finds a kitchen full of chaos, mess, and firefighters (dalmatians). McGinley-Nally's cartoons are humorous and children will enjoy the details as well as the bordered endpapers filled with chili ingredients and the vegetable-decorated recipe page. It is difficult not to smile at the pigs as they dance through the colorful pages. At the end of the book, readers are asked to determine exactly what mistakes in ingredient amounts were made. Most youngsters will not look carefully at the recipe as they enjoy the slight story, so they may not realize until the last page that the point is the errors Mr. Pig made rather than the mess. On the other hand, third- or fourth-graders might have fun approaching the tale as a problem-solving activity.Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA
Kirkus Reviews
A pig family adventure (Pigs Will Be Pigs, 1994, etc.) finds Mrs. Pig with a case of the sniffles, and her husband and piglets preparing to make her favorite dish to "pick her right up." The three dig in, gathering utensils and ingredients for Firehouse Chili (the recipe is included, which cautions readers to ask an adult for help and notes that five heaping tablespoons of chili powder may require a call to the local fire department). Mr. Pig's enthusiasm replaces the careful measurement and attention to methodology so dear to chefs. By the time Mrs. Pig comes down the stairs refreshed and ready to face the lucky day the children have promised her, her kitchen is a disaster and those firefighters who sample the dish have four-alarm reactions. Readers are invited to deconstruct Mr. Pig's culinary efforts with an eye toward improving his—and their own—math skills. A lively presentation of a multifaceted math problem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689825552
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Edition description:
1 ALADDIN
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
618,678
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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