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Amanda Pig on Her Own (Puffin Easy-to-Read, Level 3) Paperback – October 1, 1994

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- When Oliver Pig goes off on the school bus, Amanda Pig is on her own for the first time. She is at a loss without him until loving Mother Pig reminds her that "you always have yourself" and "without him you can do things that just you like to do." Soon Amanda is ballet-dancing in her dress-up costume and is on to other independent activities. Oliver Pig is in kindergarten and off to a fine start. Four short chapters focus on his adventures as he leaves his loving family and enters the unknown world of the classroom, and Van Leeuwen is right on target in her descriptions of his nervousness. Making (and eating) his Puff-Doodle necklace is great fun, but dealing with bad boy Bernard is not so easy. Oliver perseveres, and by day's end he and Bernard are friends. Young listeners will sympathize with the characters, and independent readers will recall their younger days. As always, Schweninger uses warm colored pencils and soft watercolor washes that complement the soothing tone of the thoughtful texts. These are fine books for children to share with their parents or visa versa. --Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Series: Oliver and Amanda
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140371443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140371444
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of more than fifty children's books, including picture books, Easy-to-Read books, and middle-grade fiction. She has won numerous awards, among them the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Honor Book Award, and the Washington Irving Children's Choice Award, as well as many ALA Notable Book citations. Her popular Oliver and Amanda Pig Easy-to-Read series was called "timeless as the truths of childhood" by the New York Times. Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day was a 2006 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Her own two children were the inspiration for the Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, as well as several others, including Dear Mom, You're Ruining My Life. Many of her other books have grown out of her long-time interest in American history. Her historical picture books include Going West, which was cited as an IRA Teachers' Choice and Across the Wide Dark Sea, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." She has written historical fiction for older readers as well. Her Bound for Oregon was a Child Study Association Book of the Year, and Cabin on Trouble Creek was nominated for children's Choice awards in eight states.

Ms. Van Leeuwen grew up in the small town of Rutherford, New Jersey. She was an avid reader as a child, reading every book she could get her hands on, from Nancy Drew to The Wind in the Willows. At one point, while trying to convince her parents to buy her a dog, she read nothing but dog stories for a whole year. (She got the dog, but when she moved on to horses, her parents refused to cooperate.) Eventually she began writing her own stories, which she illustrated with cut-outs from magazines.

After graduating from Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, Ms. Van Leeuwen found a job in the children's book department of a New York City publisher. She remained a children's book editor for many years, an experience with inspired her to once again start writing her own stories. Her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published in 1967, and she has been writing and publishing ever since.

Ms. Van Leeuwen now lives in another small town north of New York City with her husband, Bruce Gavril. She has two grown children, David and Elizabeth, and a young grandchild, who will surely inspire more stories.

Visit Ms. Van Leeuwen's website at www.jeanvanleeuwen.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my 6 year old a while ago to assist her in learning how to read. She really enjoyed reading this book though she had some difficulties with the contents. She keep reading this book as well other in the series of Amanda Pig.
If you plan to buy this book, keep in mind that this is a chapter book which might be difficult for stage1 of reading.As the time goes on, your early reader will identify this book in library as well at school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is another wonderful Amanda Pig book. The stories are about everyday things in the life of a preschool pig. My preschool daughter loves all things Amanda Pig- and so I read the books over and over- and I still like them! The Amanda and Oliver Pig books would be enjoyed by both Pre- and New Readers.
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This book contains four chapters. Note that all the Oliver and Amanda Pig books are considered Reading Level 2.

Chapter 1: Without Oliver -- Amanda says goodbye to Oliver Pig, who has just begun school. She is lonely at first, and everything she tries to do makes her miss her brother. With a little suggestion from Mother Pig, she eventually finds something to occupy her time while her brother is away. Note that there is no T.V., Nintendo DS, or computer involved in this chapter. Just an imagination and a supportive mother. : )

Chapter 2: Sick in Bed -- Amanda is sick and repeatedly asks her mother to bring her things. A very cute and all too true-to-life account of a toddler who is told to stay in bed until she feels better. Personally, I appreciate the fact that Mother Pig is so loving to her "Sweet Potato." Another subtle message I picked up in this chapter is the way a little girl will emulate her mother's actions and words while "interacting" with her stuffed animals or dolls.

Chapter 3: The Big Mess -- Amanda Pig does not want to clean up her room, so Father Pig decides to let her have it messy. Naturally, the mess gets bigger and creates a whole host of problems as a result. Amanda cannot find her clothes, toys, game pieces, etc. A toy gets broken in the chaos. Amanda finally decides, on her own, that she should clean up the mess.

Chapter 4: The Bad, Sad, Mad Day -- It's a rainy day, Amanda must eat eggs for breakfast and she cannot play outside. Everything seems to be going wrong. Mother loses her temper and yells back at Amanda, but suddenly realizes her error and rectifies the situation by sitting down for lots of mother-daughter hugs. A very sweet account of how to turn the tide and transform a bad day into a good one.
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This book is characterized as a Level Two reader, which is described as "reading together, short sentences, simple dialogue".
The stories are interesting with colorful and cute illustrations by Ann Schweninger. Here, Amanda Pig is left to entertain herself when big brother Oliver goes off to kindergarten. Both piglets learn to deal on their own, and Oliver learns how to make new friends in kindergarten. I'd recommend this series to children who are beginning to develop some measure of independence in their reading and have completed the level one readers. It also makes an excellent read aloud for younger children.
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By Ann on January 6, 2015
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