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Pete’s a picky little piggy. When Mom serves her four young ’uns heaping bowls of green slop, Dot, Rose, and Gus are in hog heaven. But not Pete. No, “Pete won’t eat.” As his siblings run off and have fun outdoors, Pete faces a plight known to many a kid: the admonishment from a mom to “stay until you eat.” Time passes, and Mom feels guilty and offers to make Pete a sandwich; in the meantime, Pete’s growing curiosity about the slop leads him to take a bite and then another. Turns out, it’s pretty good. The next day, Pete even helps to cook the slop. This I Like to Read title presents a kid-recognizable scenario and short sentences—with simple dialogue—in a large font. The charming pen-and-ink watercolors are cleanly placed on white backgrounds and lend an extra helping of humor to the scenario at hand. Brand-new readers, particularly of the finicky variety, should enjoy this one. Preschool-Grade 3. --Ann Kelley

About the Author

Emily Arnold McCully's awards include the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. Her first I Like to Read® title, Late Nate in a Race, was praised for illustrations that appealingly animate the action of the simple story structure in Booklist. She lives in New York City and Chatham, New York.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Like to Read
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823428532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823428533
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Arnold McCully was born left-handed in Galesburg, Illinois. She was a dare-devil tree-climber and ball-player who loved to write stories and illustrate them. Her family moved to New York City and then to a suburb, where she attended school. After college at Brown University, she earned a Master's degree at Columbia University in art history. She worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines, advertisements and book publishers until a radio station commissioned a series of posters showing children playing. The first appeared in subway cars, where it was seen by a children's book editor. It launched a long career, first as an illustrator, then as author/illustrator of picture books. McCully won a Caldecott Medal in 1993. She has two grown sons, one grandson and lives in New York City and Columbia County, N.Y., where she grows flowers and vegetables.

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When mom makes green slop for dinner the piglets slurp it down, except Pete. Mom tells him he must stay at the table until he eats. The other piglets go out to play while Pete sits and sits and sits. At the same time Mom begins to struggle with making Pete eat something he doesn't like and decides to make him a sandwich, Pete decides to try the green slop and finds that he does indeed like it. Conversations between Mom, Pete, and the other piglets increases the reading level of this text. Children familiar with Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham may make a prediction of the ending. Comparing it to a personal experience is a great way to introduce this book to young readers. Themes associated with this title include the following: early reader, family relationships, and humor.

This title is recommended for first graders or children from 4 to 8. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten and first grade for Reading Standards for Foundational Skills, Informational Text, and Literature. In addition to the above, the book is also aligned to the CCSS for Language for first grade. Second grade CCSS alignments include Reading Standards for Literature and Speaking and Listening.
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By HIMom on March 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My 3 yr. old daughter loves this book; she really likes the watercolor pictures and narrative and begs it to be read numerous times every day. She used to refuse all but a handful of food choices but not for the last three weeks (since reading this book). She even eats split pea soup and lentil soup because she wanted to help me cook what the pigs eat (green slop) and I could not think of anything else that was greenish and soup like. My little girl is finally ingesting well-balanced meals. Thank you Emily Arnold McCully!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meghan Atchison on January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a horrible book with an absolutely horrible message. It's about a spoiled brat of a child, and the mother eventually giving into the brat's demands. She actually says the words, "I'm a mean mommy." There isn't even a moral to the story! There is no eventual moment of clarity or understanding on the child's part. It's ridiculous. I'm a librarian and was reviewing the book for a possible story time, and was absolutely appalled that our library even considered purchasing, much less wasted the money on it. Maybe I'm being overly-critical of a simple children's book, but it's rare that something like this gets a rise out of me. Not even the art is passable. Please do yourself and your child a favor, and do not bother to spend the money on this sorry excuse for a story.
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