Porker Finds a Chair

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One day Porker, a bear-like creature who loves to pick fresh raspberries, finds something strange. ``I've never seen anything like this before. I wonder where it came from. I wonder if more are coming.'' But when Porker looks around, he sees that ``it'' is the only one of its kind. Readers will immediately recognize the tipped over chair, but Porker doesn't know that. He tries to stand on its legs, and almost falls, but successfully hangs his hat from it. A dog-walker tells him it is a chair, and to sit on it, but that limited information is of little use to Porker. He sits on the side closest to the ground. Advice from other friends only yield more failed attempts to use the chair properly. Little by little, however, Porker deduces the mysterious process of sitting on a chair, and then moves on. From beginning to end, this book is an eccentric hoot; readers will smile from their own sense of knowledge. Perhaps they will discover and like the idea underscoring the plot--that what some assume as common knowledge, others do not know at all, and that nothing can be taken for granted. The insensitivity of Porker's friends is also a source of subtle instruction; the themes on misunderstanding are acutely developed and comically mapped out in a book where birds fly upside down and houses rest on their sides. Ages 4-8. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-2--It's hard to dislike an inno cent-eyed, pear-shaped bear, even one with the unfortunate name of Porker. He goes for a walk looking for raspber ries, but finds a shiny, black, bentwood chair instead. Porker has never seen a chair before, and he wonders where it came from and whether more are on the way. Less easy to forgive is the cartoon parade of annoying passersby who of fer Porker abstract instructions on how to use a chair. (Huggable Porker seems to have been dropped into a nether world of Mad magazine characters.) Equally annoying are the nonsensical backgrounds. A tree sports blue fruit standing on end, and an outhouselike structure is the base for a giant tele phone receiver. Finally, Porker gets a demonstration on the proper use of a chair. After some misgivings, he de cides that he's got the knack and settles down to enjoy an idyllic country scene. But what is this? Porker spies a wheel barrow and wonders what it is. Here we go again. Porker's naivete strains credi bility and patience, while crudely drawn supporting characters chafe. The offbeat, slapstick illustrations de tract from the story rather than enhance it. One can only hope that Porker Finds a Wheelbarrow is not forthcoming.-- Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876143674
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1989
  • Series: Picture Bks.
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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