The Pig and Miss Prudence

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A runaway pig and Miss prudence wreak havoc in a busy city.
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A runaway pig and Miss prudence wreak havoc in a busy city.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Miss Prudence enjoys gazing out her window at the horse-pulled carriages, the sparkling gas lamps, and her own lovely flower garden. But what is this? Wild pigs roam this turn-of-the-century town (New York?) and a pig nibbles on her flowers. This must be stopped. Miss Prudence steps outside with her umbrella and pokes the intruding swine. The startled pig dashes in front of a carriage, which alarms the horse and sends the intruder back into her yard with such force that Miss Prudence finds herself astride the pig. Holding on to the ears, she keeps her balance as the pig crashes into a flower cart, upsets crates on the dock, startles waiting immigrants, and continues through other catastrophes before ending up in the mayor's office. The premise is amusing but the text is too cumbersome for a well told, cumulative tale. Just too wordy. The colorful illustrations are active and humorous. The story could be told to young listeners using the pictures without reading the lengthy lines. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- According to the jacket flap, this story is set in "a turn-of-the-century city," but the location and, in fact, which century are not explicitly stated. A wandering pig is startled by a passing carriage and somehow ends up with Miss Prudence on his back. The two proceed to tear through the streets, careening into numerous people and things and taking a bit of something away with them with each encounter. In the style of a cumulative tale, the items are all listed with each new addition followed by the refrain, "but the pig ran on." Various references, such as the Barnum American Museum, which was on Broadway from 1841 until it burned in 1865, identify the locale as New York City. The roaming pigs, which were largely blamed for the cholera epidemic of 1849, were driven from the city at that time. Both of these facts would seem to indicate an early-19th-century setting. Details of the text and illustration are occasionally at odds with the time period, such as the bright red uniform worn by the police officer-NYPD uniforms have changed since their adoption in 1844, but they have always been blue. There are also pieces that are at odds with what would seem intended as a lighthearted romp. The pig runs past "a long line of immigrants with tired faces" and snatches an orphan when running past the Home of the Friendless. The illustrations frequently do not support the text, with the items supposedly grabbed by the pig or Miss Prudence missing from some of the pictures. Libraries can easily skip this tedious chase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
While it strives to fit into the cheery mode of The Old Woman and Her Pig, this doesn't have the simplicity of the classic. Miss Prudence gazes out her window to see a pig eating her flowers and goes out to shoo him away, but instead a rearing horse frightens the pig and she "tumbled through the air and landed on the pig's back." As the pig and Miss Prudence race through a town that might be early New York, silk drawers, a clothing bag, a rag doll, a priest's stole and numerous other items attach themselves to Miss Prudence who is still riding on the pig. At each encounter, Stanek repeats the refrain, " . . . but the pig ran on," offering the audience a chance to help tell the story. Finally, the pig races into the Mayor's office, deposits Miss Prudence and all the accumulated stuff, "and the pig ran on." While not necessarily a first purchase, there's potential for a good storyteller to enliven the telling and introduce a small audience to a slice of turn-of-the-century New York. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595721259
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/7/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Great read aloud!

    This is such a cute story with a repeating line for your beginning reader. I love the historical setting and pig running all over New York City.

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