The Scarecrow's New Clothes

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Peggy the Pig returns in her zaniest, spookiest misadventure yet. The award-winning star of The Viper, The Aliens Are Coming!, and A Dark and Noisy Night is going to a fancy party. But she can’t find a thing to wear. Finally she spots the perfect outfit—on a scarecrow. Peggy’s sure no one will notice if she trades its clothes for frumpy duds of her own. But what’s that scratchy voice at her door? Give me back my clothes! Kids will laugh out loud at Peggy’s showdown with the ...
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Overview

Peggy the Pig returns in her zaniest, spookiest misadventure yet. The award-winning star of The Viper, The Aliens Are Coming!, and A Dark and Noisy Night is going to a fancy party. But she can’t find a thing to wear. Finally she spots the perfect outfit—on a scarecrow. Peggy’s sure no one will notice if she trades its clothes for frumpy duds of her own. But what’s that scratchy voice at her door? Give me back my clothes! Kids will laugh out loud at Peggy’s showdown with the scarecrow.

School Library Journal said of the first Peggy book, The Viper: "Few beginning readers are as good as this one . . . ."

Author Biography: Lisa Thiesing lives in New York with her family.

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
After searching high and low for the perfect outfit to wear to a special event, Peggy is discouraged that she just does "not have anything to wear." She has spent a good deal of time trying on all sorts of outfits and combinations of odds and ends. Her efforts are aptly portrayed in the cute, lighthearted cartoon images; little people will easily identify with the "dress up" aspect of the story. Frustrated by her lack of success, Peggy is out walking when she spies the perfect ensemble—the outfit just happens to be decorating a scarecrow. She decides to replace, one piece at a time, the scarecrow's clothes with her own old things so that no one will know that she has taken the his apparel. The sequence and excellent picture clues will serve to reinforce the readers' skills of using "first, then, next, etc." After Peggy has donned all of the purloined clothes, the scarecrow is most unhappy and appears at Peggy's house demanding, "Give me back my clothes." The lights go out because of the storm that is now raging outside. When the lights come back on, we see Peggy standing in her chemise and pantaloons! Sad and disappointed she goes out into the night (storm has ceased) and catches up with the scarecrow. In a dramatic double spread she shouts "BOO" so loudly it scares the scarecrow right out of the "perfect outfit." Peggy re-dresses in the clothes that have been left behind by the fleeing scarecrow. Adults may not like the message that one can just take another's clothes. Early readers will gloss over that aspect and just enjoy the chill of repeatedly reading the spooky words "Give me back my clothes." Pair this with The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything as aninteresting lesson in predicting the plot and anticipating the ending. This title is part of Dutton's "Early Reader" series.
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K-Gr 2-Peggy the pig needs something to wear to a party. She finds nothing that suits her in town, but on her way home she notices a scarecrow dressed in a wonderful outfit. So each night, she sneaks out to the cornfield and takes a different item, replacing it with one of her old garments. On the evening of the party-"a dark and stormy night"-she is decked out in her purloined finery when the scarecrow arrives and demands, "Give me back my clothes!" The plot is similar to that of "The Teeny-Tiny Woman." The difference is that Peggy returns to the field, scares the duds off the scarecrow, and reclaims the ensemble. This easy reader is sprinkled with colorful cartoon illustrations that depict the action and support the text. However, the story strikes an odd note as it seems to indicate that stealing is okay and, supposedly, even funny. While Thiesing's other "Silly Thrillers" about this character were genuinely amusing and revolved around her na vet , this one is not humorous or scary.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525477501
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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