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A Treeful of Pigs Paperback – May 1, 1988


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From Publishers Weekly

Slavic-inspired illustrations accompany this humorous tale of a clever wife who outwits her lazy husband. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.



Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Trade (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590412809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590412803
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on December 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I teach young children and they enjoy this story. We count the pigs on each page and sometimes I lead a chant like: "One two three four, five six seven eight, nine ten eleven twelve pigs!" From some of these reviews, it seems like people overanalyze this story quite a bit! It's just a silly story, and children know that. My only quibble is that the illustrations are a bit too complicated for very young children, who prefer bold and big pictures. But it's wonderful for kindergarteners and first graders.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RYAN HERMAN on December 1, 1999
Format: Library Binding
A Treeful of Pigs is a book that teaches a lesson. A lazy farmer sits in bed all day and sleeps while his wife takes care of the pigs. The farmers wife finally tricks him to get out of bed by hiding the pigs and telling him that they are lost. This book shows that you cannot be lazy and rely on others to get the work done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2001
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
loved the way story unfolds and the gentle way of teaching the lesson. it is funny and wise at the same time - kids love it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Klavon on February 25, 2007
Format: Library Binding
I read this book many years ago when my mom signed me up for a special program to get me interested in reading. I still remember how hilarious I found the story, and the illustrations kept with the pace of it. I still remember that book after all this time, and that was about 27 years ago. I would recommend this to any parent who is trying to get their kids interested in reading--if this book doesn't do it, nothing will.
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By Aline M Fader on January 17, 2014
Format: Library Binding
This is one of those books that I requested be read to me ad nauseam as a child. My mother also enjoyed reading it to me, which is unusual considering the best book becomes awful when one is asked to read it over and over and over... After all these years, this is the childhood book I remember most fondly: Such lovely Anita Lobel drawings, and a story that actually shows people succumbing to human lapses in judgement but continuing to strive to be better. I was really fascinated by the idea that adults could succumb to laziness (just like me as a child) and it made real the concept of reaping the rewards of hard work (that you don't want to do). The ridiculousness of the pigs blooming like flowers or falling like rain also made it a humorous lesson.
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