This Little Piggy

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Everyone knows the rhyme of the five little piggies and what each one did, but do you know the story behind the story? Well then, sit back and listen to Donald's grandmothe's comical spin on a favorite nursery rhyme. It's guaranteed to tickle your ribs — as well as your toes!

An old Japanese woman with a talent for making rice dumplings uses her wits to escape from a cavern filled with ogres.

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Overview

Everyone knows the rhyme of the five little piggies and what each one did, but do you know the story behind the story? Well then, sit back and listen to Donald's grandmothe's comical spin on a favorite nursery rhyme. It's guaranteed to tickle your ribs — as well as your toes!

An old Japanese woman with a talent for making rice dumplings uses her wits to escape from a cavern filled with ogres.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After being asked to tell one more story, Donald's grandmother reaches for his big toe and offers up the inside scoop on the classic "This Little Piggy" rhyme. Among other things, readers learn that the piggy who stayed home was actually a slug-a-bed who preferred soaking in a bubble bath to helping his brother go to market, and that the piggy who went "Whee, whee, whee" all the way home did so because he had enjoyed visiting his grandparents for the weekend. Heller (Woody) does a serviceable job with the text: it's crisp and straightforward. He keeps the grandmother's interpretation comfortable and cozy, rather than pushing his premise to its limits. Lamut's (Too Noisy) tempera and oil paintings exhibit a pleasingly rough canvas texture, while her standard-issue characterizations of round-faced people and rosy-cheeked, bipedal pigs stay well within the limits of the tried-and-true. She adds a certain amount of energy through skillful visual pacing, alternating full-page illustrations with insets, panel art and the occasional double spread. Young children may be tickled by the sight of pigs in polka-dot pajamas (their curly tails peek out the back flap) and parentswiggling their children's toes as they readmay enjoy the text's interactive potential. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This is a reworking of the fingerplay "This little pig goes to market." Donald asks for one more story from his grandmother before going to bed. She responds by telling the story of the five little pigs, and she has Donald count them on his toes as she goes through each little pig's adventure. It is a rather disjointed tale, which loses something in its reworking despite its colorful illustrations.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Children familiar with the beloved "piggy" rhyme must wonder "Why?" from time to time. Why did one little piggy stay home? Why did one get none? Well, here for those nursery wonderers are the answers, as a talented, imaginative grandmother reveals all in a bedtime story, from the first little piggy who goes off to market alone when his brother won't get out of bed, to the last little piggy who sings "Whee, whee, whee" as he returns from a visit with his grandparents. Lamut's charming illustrations accompany Heller's comical angle on a favorite nursery rhyme, and the whole attractive parcel will certainly lead to a surreptitious round of "piggies" after every cheerful reading.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The well-worn, much-loved finger-and-toe game is elucidated and embellished to a fare-thee-well in this little picture book.

It's not clear why readers need to know that the second little piggy was just waiting for his brother to leave so he could skip going to market and laze in a bubble bath; or that the third little piggy ate all the roast beef slated for dinner, much to the chagrin of the fourth little piggy. Children may be beguiled, however, by the adorable illustrations in bright candy colors, by the portrait of a perky, bespectacled grandmother who tells the tale to her grandson, and by the vivid hues of the piggies' world. While the game may be more enjoyable to play than to read about, this book may inspire children to tinker with and expand upon such rhymes on their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688140496
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition description: Illustrated
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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