Pigs to the Rescue

Pigs to the Rescue

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by John Himmelman
     
 

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Farmer Greenstalk and his family have the darnedest luck. Broken-down tractors, kites stuck in trees—they're always having problems! It's a good thing they have such helpful farm animals on hand.

This time around, the pigs want to pitch in, and boy, do they ever! The Greenstalks soon find, though, that life might just be a little easier without their

Overview

Farmer Greenstalk and his family have the darnedest luck. Broken-down tractors, kites stuck in trees—they're always having problems! It's a good thing they have such helpful farm animals on hand.

This time around, the pigs want to pitch in, and boy, do they ever! The Greenstalks soon find, though, that life might just be a little easier without their help…
Pigs to the Rescue is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Chickens to the Rescue, this time it's the pigs who “help” the Greenstalk family with a week's worth of problems. Wearing swimsuits and expressions of fierce determination, they water Mrs. Greenstalk's flowers (a kiddie pool is involved). When the rooster has a sore throat, they snort and squeal with abandon, and they inadvertently tear Jeffrey's treed kite to pieces following a particularly acrobatic rescue. In a twist ending, the Greenstalks find that a new crew of animals has caught the rescue bug. It's a one-joke book, yes, but Himmelman's expressively comedic illustrations keep it as funny as ever. Ages 4-8. (May.)
From the Publisher

“Himmelman's expressively comedic illustrations keep it as funny as ever.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Written with a minimum of fuss and illustrated with comic delight, this picture book from the To the Rescue series offers plenty of laughs for the read-aloud crowd.” —Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Himmelman set us laughing at the antics of Chickens to the Rescue. Now it is the pigs on Farmer Greenstalk's farm that we find a bit over-eager to help. On Monday when the tractor breaks down, they rush in and almost plow the farmer over. On Tuesday, when his wife's hose leaks, they almost drown her bringing water. So it goes, every day, as with a chorus of "Pigs to the rescue!" they overdo their help. By Sunday, the Greenstalks cannot face any more "help." So they keep the spilled milk a secret from the pigs but on the last page.... The antics of the porkers deserve the active comic visualization Himmelman delivers, using pencil and watercolors in full-page and occasional double-page scenes. The anthropomorphic pigs dress, sometimes in funny outfits, and carry all sorts of appliances in their urge to "rescue" the increasingly apprehensive humans. Their help with Emily's broken shoelace turns her into a multicolored mummy, typical of the dizzy humor. Perhaps the last page hints of cows to the rescue in the future. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—During a week of minor mishaps at the Greenstalk farm, the pigs pick up where Chickens to the Rescue (Holt, 2006) left off. The porkers solve each problem with great aplomb. From tilling the field to substituting for the ailing rooster, they create a bit of chaos with each solution. When Sunday rolls around and the cat spills her milk, the Greenstalks hold their breath that the pigs won't come to the rescue. All seems safe and quiet, until readers turn to the last page, where the cows are rushing in with bottles and pans and dishes of milk. Watercolor cartoons extend the humor and complete the story. The well-balanced compositions and excellent use of white space bring an explosion of action, and details provide additional humor. Alone or in groups, preschoolers in particular will enjoy this barnyard comedy.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Chickens aren't the only helpful livestock on the Greenstalk family farm (Chickens to the Rescue, 2006). When Farmer Greenstalk's tractor breaks down, it's "Pigs to the rescue!" "Um, thank you, I think," says Farmer Greenstalk, as he looks at the giant hole the pigs have dug. Mrs. Greenstalk's hose springs a leak while she's watering her flowers. Jeffrey's kite gets stuck in a tree. Caleb the rooster gets a sore throat. Though they have the best of intentions, the pigs aren't as successful at providing solutions as were the farm fowl: The fields and the flowers get trampled, the kite ends up in pieces and little could be more annoying than having a herd of pigs instead of an alarm clock! Himmelman's second visit to the farm is just as frenetically fun as the first. The swine saviors swing into action and seem oblivious to the disasters they leave in their porky wake. There's plenty of detail in the watercolor cartoon illustrations for lap sitters to giggle over, leavened with a good dose of slapstick for the crowds. (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805086836
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
352,045
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue and Katie Loves the Kittens. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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Pigs to the Rescue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Melanie_H More than 1 year ago
I got this book on the recommendation of our librarian (who hasn't steered us wrong yet!). My two kids were laughing so hard at Himmelman's illustrations, I would have to pause before continuing (I confess to having joined them in the laughter). The expressions on those porcine faces are priceless! My kids loved looking for the little piglet, who was a loveable scene stealer. This book followed Himmelman's Chickens To The Rescue - another book I recommend. AND it looks like there's another "to the rescue" book following this one (I won't give away the ending, but those farm animals sure are helpful). We can't wait!