Ping Pong Pig

Ping Pong Pig

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by Caroline Jayne Church
     
 

Young readers will squeal with laughter at this soaring tale about friendship and working together, starring a pig who refuses to be held down.

Bounce, bounce, bounce! Ping Pong Pig loves to leap, jump, and bounce all over Apple Tree Farm. He is far too busy having fun all day to help with the chores. Soon he lands into a big mess, and he's up to his ears in

Overview

Young readers will squeal with laughter at this soaring tale about friendship and working together, starring a pig who refuses to be held down.

Bounce, bounce, bounce! Ping Pong Pig loves to leap, jump, and bounce all over Apple Tree Farm. He is far too busy having fun all day to help with the chores. Soon he lands into a big mess, and he's up to his ears in trouble. Will he learn to help his friends before pigs fly?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
You know the expression "When Pigs Fly," meaning something won't happen? Well Ping Pong Pig thinks he can fly if only he tries hard enough. Problem is he is not doing his share of the farm chores, and every time he tries to fly he messes up work that has already been done. He ruins the new paint on the barn. He scatters the carefully stacked hay, and he gets in everyone's way. Tired of his silly, destructive ways, his friends shoo him away from the barn and spend the morning building Ping Pong a trampoline. They give it to him and tell him to take it far away. There he can practice his flying, but not mess things up. For a while he is very happy "flying" on his trampoline, but then he realizes his friends have done something nice for him. Perhaps he should help them. He uses his trampoline to bounce into the apple trees and collect the fruit. He repaints the barn and restacks the hay. He is happy and so are his friends, until he jumps from an apple tree onto his trampoline to bounce over the barn. He lands splat in the pond, knocking all the fish into the air. "Wow, fish can fly too!" Cute story with sweet cartoony illustrations. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Ping Pong wants to fly, and he jumps off anything he can climb to try to make his dream come true. His attempts at flying cause problems in the barnyard, and the other animals meet to decide what to do about the pig. Instead of punishing their bouncy friend, they give him a trampoline so that he can jump to his heart's content. He is so pleased with his new gift and their kindness that he uses his trampoline to undo all the messes he has made. This book is similar in style to Church's Little Apple Goat (Eerdmans, 2007). The story is simple and short, with only a few lines per spread, and it is set in a friendly, informal font that flows from page to page. The pictures are colorful and expressive. The animals are done with an economy of line, but have obvious personality. The well-worn theme of following a dream is complemented with a stronger theme of friendship and returning a kindness for a kindness. (However, adults may want to mention that it is not a good idea to jump out of a tree onto a trampoline.) Overall, this is a pleasant story with potential as a read-aloud.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

Kirkus Reviews
Ping Pong is a pig after a child's own heart. While the other farm animals diligently go about their chores, Ping Pong works with diligence-and a fine measure of joyous mayhem-trying to fly. Not in a plane or balloon, but purely by trotter-power: jumping out of trees or off the barn roof and always laying waste to the hard work of the other animals. Church is able to keep Ping Pong sweet because he is also oblivious: "Ping Pong Pig was far too busy doing his own thing." When the animals give Ping Pong a trampoline in an attempt to corral the chaos, it looks like he is about to mend his ways, using the trampoline to help around the farm. Fortunately, it's only a blip on the radar before, once again, now trampoline-assisted, it's bombs away. The illustrations work to convey a sense of springtime innocence: bathed in color, with sure-handed line-work that has the depth of cutouts. Hold fast to the spirit of youth, little Ping Pong; once pigs fly, what's to stop them from driving the family car? (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421763
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Caroline Jayne Church is the beloved illustrator of dozens of children's books, many of which she has also written. As a child she loved the countryside, and her most precious memories are spending long summer days playing with her sisters and their ponies.

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Ping Pong Pig 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
hannahsmom--05 More than 1 year ago
My 6yr old daughter fell in love w/this book when her teacher read it to her in class. She then kept renting it from the library, so we broke down and got her own copy. Easy and enjoyable read for both parent and child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My preschoolers loved this one. It has all the right elements, including the super silly!