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I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – June 3, 2008
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Here, Piggie (full of wide-eyed enthusiasm) shows Elephant his new toy, a kind of ball and stick contraption that resembles something you'd make out of tinkertoys. As usual, the problem--not knowing what how to play with the toy--really isn't that big, unless you're an excitable youngster with a new but puzzling toy.
Elephant, without a clue, suggests it might be a flying toy, and hurls it into the air. The toy crash lands and breaks. Piggie looks out at us without speaking; his heartbreak is evident. Elephant is crestfallen, sorry about what he has done. This unhappy state of affairs is turned about by a squirrel, obviously up on his toy trends, who informs them that it's one the new snap-together toys. In other words, it's supposed to break into pieces, because you can snap them right back together again!
They both still seem puzzled, especially elephant. In fact, in a rare departure for Willems, elephant's emotions are a little obscure. I'm not sure if this was intentional ("so, how do you think the elephant feels?") or not, but the lack of clarity lasts a couple pages too long.Read more ›
In kindergarten, my son picked up reading with ease. By the end he was freakishly excellent at reading and testing four grades ahead of his own. Enter next in line, sister. In kindergarten, she is a regular kid and reading comes to her at the usual speed. This would be fine if she hadn't already been reading with brother super-reader, setting her expectations unreasonably high for herself. My kids and I have been reading before bed every night since they were born, and since becoming old enough, the three of us together, every night. My daughter was keenly aware of her brother's reading development as he had taken over the duties from me. As my daughter began to read, the requirement from school was for her to read at home. Her experience was quickly becoming a very negative one as she would struggle with every word, and her brother would become impatient and want to help, further frustrating her... and on it went every night. She was exhausted and frustrated by the end of 10min. I feared she would end up like me - never reading a book unless assigned in school, until her brother was born, because I read so slow and couldn't keep up with my own attn. span. I also recognized that the books for her reading level contained many words that were above her abilities, not real words (further confusing things) and frankly, above the reading level of the target audience.Read more ›
In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie has a new toy. Elephant, of course, wants to play with Piggie's toy. He promptly breaks it. Squirrel pops up to diffuse the situation in his own blissfully ignorant way. Once again, the characters are simple and complex; most importantly, they're nuances but true to their attributes. The focus is humor, and the "lesson" is secondary and tongue-in-cheek. As always, Mo Willems' drawings mimic his story: they're remarkable simple yet nuanced and complex. This book is great, but my favorite E&P tale is still I Will Surprise My Friend!
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My 5 year old granddaughter loves this book. The illustrations are simple but colorful, there's not too much text on each page, the text is simple but direct, and also varies in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve Charme
Piggie loves her/his? new toy until Gerald, the Elephant, breaks it. Piggie is mad and sad. Will the new toy get fixed? Will Piggie and Elephant stay friends? Read to find out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. M. Keefer
My almost 6 yer old loves these books, and can read them himself. The stories are funny with a positive meaning.Published 3 months ago by Carol W
My 5 year old has just recently discovered these books and he and I BOTH love them! Mo Willems books are ones that I don't mind reading over and over. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lauren James
One of the best out of all the Elephant and Piggie books, which is really a high compliment.Published 4 months ago by GNapier
My husband, my daughter (just turned two years old), and I absolutely LOVE the Elephant and Piggie books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jacqueline