Can Pearl, a pig, and her new friend, a small talking bone, outwit a band of robbers and a hungry fox?
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
WILLIAM STEIG carved out dual careers as both a highly respected and entertaining cartoonist and an award-winning, bestselling author of children’s picture books and novels. He won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, the Caldecott Honor for The Amazing Bone, the Christopher Award for Dominic, and the Newbery Honor for both Abel's Island and Doctor Desoto.
Reading Group Guide
When I Grow Up
On her way home from school, Pearl observes the grownups in town and thinks about her life as an adult. Ask students to consider their possible future jobs, and to write and illustrate a story describing the reasons for their choices. A career day can also be held in the classroom to introduce students to new possibilities.
Discuss the unusual friendship between Pearl and the bone. Ask students to list traits possessed by the bone that are conducive to forming a friendship with Pearl. Students may suggest ideas such as loyalty, kindness, cleverness, sense of humor, and sharing a love of music. Then have students write about their own best friend, describing the basis of their friendship and the activities they enjoy doing together.
Pearl's amazing bone can speak in any language. Ask students if they, too, are multilingual and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their language skills to their classmates. Then encourage students to learn a few words in a new language.
The amazing bone is a resourceful character who succeeds in rescuing Pearl from two terrible predicaments. Ask students to suggest alternative solutions for Pearl's dilemmas. Then ask them to discuss their own experiences with solving difficult problems. Students can work in small groups to help their classmates resolve current issues in their lives. In addition, students can compare and contrast problem-solving techniques as they read other books in which characters cleverly resolve problems
(including Steig's Doctor De Soto).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Do you think it is possible to become friends with a bone? This book is about a pig named Pearl who after a day of school doesn¿t go straight home, but rather just walks around watching everyone. While sitting in the forest talking to herself, to her great surprise a bone began to talk to her. This bone could do all sorts of different things such as, talk in different languages and make all sorts of sounds. Pearl is so impressed with the bone that she asked if she could take him with her. The bone agreed and on their way home they run into danger, can the bone save her or not? Read this book and find out about everything that goes on with Pearl and the lifelong friend she makes in the Bone. This book is by William Steig who was born in Brooklyn, New York. He doubles as a wonderful cartoonist, as well as, a multiple award winning children¿s book author. He did not begin writing children¿s books until he was sixty-eight years old however he had been writing for The New Yorker for years. In all Steig has had more than seventy years of writing and drawing cartoons, and has won numerous awards for all of his works.
I found the violence in this book too much to be overcome even by the pretty water colors. I chose it based on The Caldecott Award and that it is a favorite of Reading Rainbow. I was shocked when I saw that a robber held a gun to the main characters head and other displays of violence. Our kids get enough of this in video games and t.v. and real life in some cases. Do their fairy tales have to be laced with it too?! I was disappointed to say the least. The Caldecott Award will no longer be a way of choosing books for me.
I'm a 3rd grader who loved this book. The bone talks and it's magical. It can also do magic! The story was funny and interesting.
Before talking generally about the book, let me share my reaction that children who are sensitive and easily develop fears may find this book to be too much for them. Read this book first before reading it to your child. The sections in question have robbers threatening to kill Pearl the Pig and a fox planning to do the same thing prior to eating Pearl. I found both situations a little rougher on the emotions than the standard Little Red Riding Hood fare in this regard. This story was a Caldecott Honor book in 1977 as one of the best illustrated children's stories of that year. The book has many outstanding features. First, the watercolors and ink outlines nicely convey bright, spring colors and create a light mood. Second, the story has a very funny plot device in having a major character be a talking bone. Third, the plot reversals are quite sudden, dramatic, and emotionally laden. This book will make quite an impression on its readers. Fourth, the book raises very nice questions about all kinds of human relations that will keep you and your child talking for years. Pearl the Pig dawdled in town after school. Her purpose was to watch the grownups doing their work, in order to think about what she might do when she grew up. She watched street cleaners, bakers, and 'old guffers' pitching horseshoes. Then she headed home through the forest. Once there, 'she could almost feel herself changing into a flower' as she looked at the beautiful scene around her. 'I hear something.' 'So do I,' a voice answered. 'I'm the bone in the violets near the tree by the rock on your right.' 'You talk?' 'In any language . . . .' 'And I can imitate any sound there is.' 'How?' 'I don't know. I didn't make the world.' The bone reports that it fell out of a witch's basket in August. The bone didn't want to return. 'I'd be happier with someone young and lively like you.' From out of nowhere, three armed highway robbers wearing masks rushed them, and threatened to shoot Pearl. The bone hissed like a snake and roared like a lion in her purse, and the robbers bolted. Next a fox grabbed her. 'You will be my main course tonight.' The bone claimed to be a ravenous crocodile, but the fox was not fooled. The fox found the bone and put it in his pocket. Just when the fox is about to do away with Pearl, the bone starts in incantation. The fox starts shrinking! Pearl is saved. 'I didn't know you could do magic!' 'Neither did I.' The words 'just came to me.' They went home and told Pearl's distraught parents about their adventures. The bone stayed and became part of the family. The bone rested in an honored place on a silver tray on the mantlepiece, except at night. Then, the Pearl took the bone to bed, and they talked and talked. They also sang. The bone always kept the house full of music and sounds, even when the family didn't want them. As you can see, without the extreme threats of violence, this is a very funny and original story. So if your child likes things a little on the scary side, this will be a five star book. If you child is timid on those issues, avoid this book until that changes. I averaged that perception out to four stars, assuming that most children around 6 could handle the threatened violence and the abductions well as fantasy. The benefit, of course, of a story like this one is to open up the subject of what your child should be doing when alone, when in the presence of strangers alone, and how to handle the kind of events that parents don't like to even think about happening. A good way to begin this discussion is to ask your child what Pearl should have done differently. What could the bone have done differently? If the bone were another child, what should the other child have done? And so forth. You get the idea. Would you like to have a talking bone as a friend? Personally, I'd like to find out more about what kind of music the bone likes to make first. What would
Love the story, but the cover says it is read by Stanley Tucci. It is not. I bought this for my daughter because we both love Tucci's reading of "Shrek.". I was disappointed this book was not as advertised.