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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152002170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152002176
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

These inventive collaborators ( Heckedy Peg ; The Napping House ) have turned the simple subject of a child's hands into a unique combination of concept and fantasy. As each digit takes on the endearing persona of a "piggy," the stage is set for a whimsical and thought-provoking jaunt. Two fat little piggies--thumbs which each support a rowdy rendering of a porker--stand alone on the opening spread and are soon joined (with a turn of the page) by other outstretched fingers and a cast of "long," "silly," "smart" and "wee" swine. The subjects are depicted in various states ("clean little piggies" gambol amid frothy bubbles), until bedtime arrives and the irrepressible pigs "skip down my tummy, dance on my toes, then run away and hide." Don Wood's subjects have a quirky charm--his vibrant palette is bolstered here by strong pinks, of pig and flesh tones. Although the text is slight, the pages harbor a wealth of visual detail worthy of repeated viewings. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- In an imaginative play on the fingers-and-toes game, a child's hands introduce two fat, two smart, two tall, two silly, and two wee piggies who cavort on fingertips. Personalities are established early, and children will have fun following a smart reading piggy and a fat eating piggy throughout the book. Belongings such as a teddy bear, balloon, and umbrella can be spotted from page to page, sometimes in out-of-the-way places. Large pages are a perfect backdrop for the antics, which are organized in a series of simple-phrase, double-spread contrasts of hot/cold, clean/dirty, and good--until bedtime when the naughty ones whisk down the tummy, dance on toes, then hide. Time to put them together for fat, smart, tall, silly, and wee goodnight kisses. But one smart piggy is still reading--by flashlight! All of this mischief is done up in oil and begins against a background of warm cream. Then bathing-suited piggies sizzle on bright yellow, snowball against cold blue, bubble up on squeaky-clean pink, squish in mud, behave their best on sky blue, then do their bedtime romp on darkening pages until the final kissing piggies are edged in moonglow. Brilliant colors and large pictures convey the humor to groups, while more subtle details of costume and trappings invite viewers to pore over the antics again and again. "This little piggy . . . " will never be the same. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Audrey Wood is a great author and Don Wood a great illustrator.
Kathryn F. Kalem
I bought this book for my children and they love it from ages 18 mos to 4 years!
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Great book with a high recommendation for toddler and preschool age children!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2002
Format: Board book
"Piggies" is a classic. Mirthful with beautiful illustrations, this book would be perfect for any youngster under the age of seven. Audrey and Don Wood have collaborated on several award-winning books, and of the ones we've seen, "Piggies" is our favorite.
The story is simple. The child narrator discusses his/her five pairs of piggies (fingers, thumbs), assigning a temperament to each pair. The pairs go through several kinds of environments, changing with the environment. The ten little piggies cavort and act up according to the situation. In the end there is a bedtime coming together of the piggies.
That rather perfunctory summary does no justice to this charming book, especially since the illustrations by Don are spectacular.
And this is the main beef with this board book format of the story (and the sole reason for losing a star.) Several full-size versions of this book exist. At this larger size, the amazing detail of the little pigs emerges. But in the board book format, the illustrations get squeezed down, losing the details that bring out the personalities of the piggies.
This leads to a tough decision: go with the sturdier board book or with the regular hardback. Much depends on how hard your children treat books. Very small children would do better with the board book, while older children would be better off with a larger, less sturdy format.
Still, either way, this is an admirable addition to any young child's library and comes highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The story is an old one, but this book is highly original. Don Wood's illustrations add a distinct and engaging personality to each of the ten piggies. My 16 month old son loves the goofy faces and elaborate visuals that show basic ideas: tall, wee, hot, cold, clean, dirty, good. I love the clever character twists on each gorgeous page. The subtle and silly sub-texts allow adults to enjoy the book too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Louis Wang on December 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am an 18 month old toddler. My Mommy and Daddy first started reading this book to me when I was only 1 year old. I didn't like it at first. I just wanted to read my book about farm animals. But my Mommy and Daddy seemed to think it was so charming that they kept reading it to me and soon, I started to like it.
What makes it fun for me is that my Mommy and Daddy play along with the book. Each page has a unique hand position or hand play that they can imitate. Towards the end, one of the hand plays involves tickling my tummy, so I look forward to that. Now that my parents know the entire book from memory, they sometimes "read" the book to me without the book by reciting the words along with the hand gestures, and it is still a lot of fun.
The pictures are very bright, colorful, and complicated. For me, the pictures are too complicated to understand, but I hope to understand them one day when I am older, so I am going to hang on to this book for a little while.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son (who is now 11) loved this book when he was a toddler. Now his 2 year old sister adores it too. The illustrations are both beautifull and funny. My daughter loves to play "where's the ..." with the action packed pictures. I toddler must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Piggies Piggies, written by Audrey and Don Wood, is an exciting, imaginative, and interesting children's book. It is based on a child's view about his/her fingers, better known in this book as "piggies." The illustrator's use of small, decorative pigs on each finger gives a great visual to the reader to capture the child's imagination. Each pig is dressed differently, and each one has a different facial expression. The wonderful and brightly-colored backgrounds of pink, blue, and purple are clearly appropriate for this type of book. In the book, the imagination of the child takes control. The story takes the child on a wild journey in which the child's fingers travel around the world. The child also gives each finger a name such as "long," "fat," and "wee fingers." Piggies is a great book that I recommend for all children. It is easy to read, clear to understand, and lots of fun. If you haven't read this amazing book, what are you waiting for? Read and enjoy the adventurous journey of the "piggies!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Beaulieu on June 8, 2006
Format: Board book
We have two copies of this book, one we've had for 14 years now and we absolutely love this book! My children wanted this book read every night at bedtime for years, especially since at the end of the story we'd use our little piggies to "skip down their tummies and dance on their toes" just before their kiss goodnight. This short story is just delightful. The illustrations are wonderful and every time we'd read it we'd discover something new like, how the left hand smart piggy always has an item in his hand on one page that he'll use on the next page. Our original book has been taped repeatedly and my 16 yr old who got the book as a birthday gift when he was 2 still doesn't want to get rid of the book! It's like an old teddy bear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By angelrabbits on November 25, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The story in Piggies is cute, but the best part of the book is the detailed illustration. Every "piggie" has his or her own personality. One is a "bookworm," always reading even when in the bathtub. One of the "long" piggies is always stretching out, and one of the "fat" piggies is always munching on something. It's fun to see what each character is doing next in the pictures. You can read it over and over again, and always catch something new that's happening. For a mom who has to read the same story over and over again, this is a wonderful relief. I actually enjoy looking at this book every time I have to read it to my 2 year old son. We also act out the story, which amuses him to no end.
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