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From Publishers Weekly

In another successful joint effort, the creators of Tacky the Penguin and Pookins Gets Her Way introduce a memorable character--a plump, delightfully expressive pig named Pinkerton, who always insists on being first, "even if it meant bouncing off bellies, stepping on snouts, or tying tails." When Pinkerton's Pig Scout troop goes to the beach, Munsinger's hilarious, whimsical art shows the pushy fellow (wearing pink-and-white dotted trunks, an inflatable tube and goggles) stepping on the heads of two pals to be "first out of the water, and first into the picnic basket." But when the piggy Pinkerton rushes across the beach to respond to an alluring question ("Who would care for a sandwich?") he gets a well-deserved comeuppance, for he is pressed into service by a tiny Sandwitch who needs someone to take care of her. This funny, fetching tale will bring chuckles--and a lesson--to any child with a tendency to echo Pinkerton's cries of "Me first." Ages 4-up.
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- A funny story about a child (in this case a young pig) still in the egocentric stage. Pinkerton is pushy. He is the first one on the bus, the first one in the water, and the first one down the slide. He is leading his Pig Scout troup one day when he hears a voice ask, : `` `. . . Who would care for a sandwich?' '' Pinkerton then learns that first is not always best, because he must take care of a demanding Sandwitch (doing her dishes, telling her a bedtime story, etc.). From the opening description of Pinkerton as ``pink, plump, and pushy,'' to the many labors he must endure, the tale is filled with humor. The pictures are replete with action, and the expressive watercolors greatly enhance the comedy. Sure to be both popular and useful, this is Lester and Munsinger's best collaboration to date. --George Delalis, Oakland Pub. Lib
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Sandpiper paperbacks
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395720222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395720226
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Helen Lester has published The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983, in collabroation with Lynn Munsinger. They have also worked together on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in Pawling, New York.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Esther Ortiz on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Talk about a twist and turn of events! My first graders loved this book. It teaches children that being first is not always best. I use it now whenever my first graders fight to be first in line. We all yell out, "Don't be a Pinkerton!" and in a gentle humorous way the "pusher of the line" concedes. It is also a great book for a follow up discussion on homophones. When you read this book, you'll know what I'm talking about. You see, Pinkerton wants to be first when he hears someone offering a "sandwich" but it turns out to be a Sand Witch who makes him realize his selfishness. It is an adorable book and voted one of the top five in my classroom!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Although we have bought, borrowed, and checked out (from the library) many, many books for our children, this is one of our all-time favorites. My wife and I have never read a better book for teaching children (and their parents) that being first is not always best.
The message is conveyed through the experience of Pinkerton, the "pink, plump and pushy pig" in terrific fashion. The illustrations are great for kids as is the entertaining (but educational) story line.
This book has become a classic for our family. In fact, although we don't buy that many books (usually we check them out from the library), we wouldn't be without our own copy. We even make it a habit to buy it for our friends and family with little "Pinkertons" of their own.
Don't miss this one, it's great.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debbie McNeil on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like all of Lester's books, Me First imparts an important lesson for primary aged children without being preachy or condescending. Her clever use of the English language and humor make it just as enjoyable for the reader as the read-ee!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Herman on November 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book for kids of all ages. I read it to my fourth graders the first day of every school year, and this year I bought copies for all of the other fourth grade teachers. Pinkerton always has to be first, until his greed teaches him a lesson that allows him to happily take the last seat on the bus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Georgia on October 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was first introduced to this book while working in a 4 year old PreKindergarten class. I loved the book from the first time I read it with the class. I purchased a copy for my classroom library and encourage anyone looking for a cute book about taking turns to get this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paula L. Craig on November 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a cute little book, and Pinkerton the pig is a good character. The moral of the story can't be argued with. The word play of "sandwich" and "Sandwitch" is clever. I like the idea of the pig learning what it means to care for someone, too. My child got tired of it quickly; however, it's an inexpensive book. Fine for preschoolers and beginning readers.
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By A Customer on July 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Pinkerton the Pig always wants to be first. He is "pink, plump, and pushy". Every day he is always first in line in the school trough-a-teria. One day he goes for a hike with his pig scout troop and hears a distant voice asking, "Who would care for a sandwitch"? Of course Pinkerton wants to be first and he meets a real "Sand Witch" who teaches him the value of taking turns and waiting patiently for your turn. This book is written in a humorous but it can be used to teach children a valuable lesson. Concepts that can be taught are, waiting, taking turns, respect for others, and functioning as part of a team. The use of language is unique and creative which helps to capture and hold young readers as does the humorous illustrations. This is a great book to help teach children appropriate behavior. Also, can be read for fun and enjoyment.
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By Stephanie on February 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great story that teaches the moral of selflessness. I love the story and highly recommend it. As an English teacher, I even read it to my high school students. The kindle format, however, is pretty terrible. It shows up as pictures of the book pages with text (which is also on the small pictures) in a peach colored background. I much rather see the actual pages, in proportional size, than small pictures of the book's pages with added text.
Great story, but terrible format!
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