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Small Florence, Piggy Pop Star


Small Florence has big dreams of becoming a piggy pop star. But when she tries to sing in front of her two older sisters, nothing comes out but a shy little squeak! When her sisters get the chance to sing in a contest on TV, Florence wishes she could join them. On the day of the competition, the judges get ready to pick a star. And then a truly amazing thing happens!

Claire Alexander's sweet, funny story is an inspiring tale about believing in...

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Small Florence has big dreams of becoming a piggy pop star. But when she tries to sing in front of her two older sisters, nothing comes out but a shy little squeak! When her sisters get the chance to sing in a contest on TV, Florence wishes she could join them. On the day of the competition, the judges get ready to pick a star. And then a truly amazing thing happens!

Claire Alexander's sweet, funny story is an inspiring tale about believing in yourself.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Alexander creates an inspiring story of a small pig named Florence who happens to have two rather large older sisters who often tease her about her size. Her sisters are taking singing lessons from Jazzy-Funk Mutt, and Florence wants to take lessons too, but her sisters laugh at her, saying that she cannot sing. Florence dreams about becoming a piggy pop star on television, but she keeps her secret to herself, singing only when she is alone in the bathtub. Eventually she begins to sing in front of her friends who think that she has a wonderful voice. One evening, as Florence and her sisters are watching television, a singing competition is announced. Florence's sisters squeal in delight and begin going through their closet for clothes to wear to the audition. Florence asks her sisters if she can sing with them, but when they ask her to sing something, Florence is so nervous and shy and small that all she can manage is a teeny tiny squeak. Florence's sisters laugh at her, but Florence does not give up asking them if she can practice with them even though they always say a big, "No." Instead, Florence listens to them practice and learns all the words to their song. On the day of the audition, Florence went with her sisters to the television studio. She waits patiently until it is her sisters' turn. They come out on the stage ready to perform, but as soon as they look out into the large crowd and into the television cameras, they quickly forget the words to their song. But Florence has not forgotten the words. She begins to sing them until the spotlight is on her and the judges ask her to come up to the stage. Walking up to the stage, Florence does not feel small or shy or nervous. Her voice is so big and lovely that she wins First Prize and is on her way to becoming a piggy pop star. Children will enjoy this story about a small pig with a big voice who believes that she can sing and became a pop star. Illustrations are big, bold, and colorful. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
Publishers Weekly
This clever Cinderella retelling writes the prince out of the action and substitutes the heartfelt wish of many a young TV watcher: pop star celebrity. Florence's older sisters are sure they're the ones with talent, and they prepare for their appearance on television with all the affectation and scorn of the original stepsisters (“Those boots are so last year!” they shout as they pick out their stage costumes). But Florence practices in secret, and when the big day comes, the sisters freeze and Florence's performance wows the judges and clinches her pop career. (Subsequently, she makes a name for herself with “songs about love, life, and vegetarianism.”) Working mostly in midnight blues and spotlight yellows—and piggy pink, of course—Alexander's (Lucy and the Bully) spots, multiple panels, and three-quarter page spreads add flash to the pages. Florence's big voice is represented by enormous swirls of blue, and Alexander has a good time imagining the things animals on a pop star show might sing about (“Bright ears burning like fire...” croons a bunny into a microphone). Many laughs will find Florence lots of fans. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Florence dreams of performing for adoring fans. However, when she tries to sing in front of her big sisters, all that comes out is a pathetic, tiny squeak. Her siblings laugh and tease her, but Florence never stops believing in herself. When a talent show not unlike American Idol comes to town, Florence wants to sing with her sisters. Of course they say no. On the night of the big show, they get stage fright, and the piglet has her chance to steal the show and share her hidden talent with all. Alexander's illustrations are full of pinks and yellows that will appeal to young girls. She uses humor and creative plays on words as the other singers perform versions of well-known songs at the talent show. Fans of Ian Falconer's "Olivia" series (S & S) will enjoy Florence's determination and belief in herself.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Alexander's book is a pleasure to gaze upon. The artwork is sumptuous, like great dollops of ice cream, the colors bold in some instances, commingling with an eye for harmony in others, the line work fine and wiry. The story follows Florence, a young pig with big dreams of singing stardom but hog-tied by her shrinking-violet nature. She can barely manage a squeak when her mildly bullying older sisters, also singers, challenge her to show her stuff. When a TV singing contest comes to town, the older sisters try to grab the limelight but succumb to stage fright, while Florence belts out a winning tune from the audience. Despite the lovely French curves of music issuing from Florence's snout, her sudden instinct to public warbling lacks any rationale. The story doesn't turn on anything; without some imaginative impulse, the sisters' balking and Florence's newfound voice are airy contrivances. Still, the illustrations are of such quality as to nearly float the project by fashioning a narrative of their own. Florence caught in the spotlight is alone worth 1,000 carefully crafted words. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807574553
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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