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PreS-Gr 1–Two adventurous little pigs sneak away from their sleeping mother and go exploring before falling asleep themselves. They cover a lot of territory, going under, over, behind, into, etc. Unfortunately, the text does little except highlight the various prepositions and action words. The narrative is awkward, sometimes rhyming and sometimes not; it does not flow easily or follow a predictable pattern. The illustrations, rendered in pencil and painted in Photoshop and Illustrator, lack dimensionality. Elements appear to float across the pages, untethered by the lack of a consistent physical plane. The perspective distorts the shape of the barn and house, which may be confusing for young children. Well-designed endpapers provide a map of the pigs' route, which would be fun for children to trace. However, it is disappointing for the endpapers to be the best part of a book.Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Two black-and-white piglets have a quick barnyard romp—starting in the pumpkin patch but covering all sorts of terrain—and narrowly escape an angry bull before returning safely to the pumpkins for a snooze. Simple, childlike cartoon illustrations awash in soft yellows, oranges, browns, and greens clearly depict the two as they make their way around the periphery of the farm, interacting with an assortment of animals. The minimal text (about eight words per double-page spread), highlighting the prepositions (under, over, behind, into, etc.), is often playfully placed in the illustration, especially when the excitement picks up. With the crisp, action-filled text, this would be just right for sharing with the youngest of audiences. (The loud “Squeal!!” of the pigs after encountering the bull will certainly grab listeners’ attention.) Pair with other stories set in a barnyard, such as What the Ladybug Heard, by Julia Donaldson (2010), or one of the many tales about pigs out of place, such as No Place for a Pig, by Suzanne Bloom (2003). Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; New edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570914605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570914607
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing is very witty and will certainly amuse your kids.
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This is the perfect autumn book, bursting with fat orange pumpkins and rife with scampering squirrels.
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It's fun to read, and the pictures are bright and entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch" is a catchy rhyming tale of mischievous piggies who adventurously crash and dash through clover fields, muddy, matted grass, bee swarms, geese and a bull's pen in a helter skelter odyssey that ends up safe in a peaceful pumpkin patch, where they fall deep asleep. The orange and gold, black and white illustrations of the zany piggies' twisty trail are vivid and arresting. Learning about prepositions is fun and easy with the silly pictures of "Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch," while the sing-song verse will appeal to preschool children ages 2 and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2010
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Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch is a great childrens book for your little one. Not a long story so it would make for a perfect bedtime story. The writing is very witty and will certainly amuse your kids. The illustrations are delightful. All is all, this book is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What sort of trouble can two devilish little piggies get into while their mama naps? Bear in mind that they have an entire farm at their disposal and plenty of energy. They cover so much territory that the inside cover provides a little schematic of everywhere they traveled. The map was a big hit at our house - those little black dashes mark their path of mayhem from start to finish.

This is the perfect autumn book, bursting with fat orange pumpkins and rife with scampering squirrels. Crisp yellow sheets are flapping on the line, plump bunnies line the garden and an entire hive bees buzz nearby. This farm is simply ideal for a pair of mischievous piggies.

I like the use of prepositional directions: under the sheets, over the green beans, behind the sheep and between the cats. There is also a wonderfully liberal use of adjectives, so it's actually under crinkly, clean sheets, over the growing, green beans and between teasing tabby cats. The pigs chase bushy tailed squirrels and race through muddy fields, having the time of their lives until they find themselves in the big bull's pen and have to escape through a swarm of stinging bees. They return to their mama, tuckered out from the adventure, soon fast asleep, happy as pigs in ... a pumpkin patch.

The illustrations are super cute, with colors and patterns abound. No plain jane sheep here - these guys sport a sweet design of tiny white and orange spirals on their golden backs. The piggies are equally adorable, with perfect pink snouts and black patches dotting their plump white bellies. Even though their eyes are just round black dots, they manage to convey a look of innocence while racing about. Okay, the bull isn't cute, but the little squirrel rears racing away from him definitely are!
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Format: Hardcover
"Piggies In The Pumpkin Patch" by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe.
Charlesbridge, Watertown, Massachusetts, 2010.

Alliteration is the repetition of a particular sound in the first syllable of a series of words. (I had to look up the definition to be certain.) From the title to the end (24 pages) of the book, there is alliteration here and alliteration there! Page after page.

Piggies, Pumpkin, Patch!
Snoring, Sleepy Sheep.
Teasing Tabby Cats.
Swarming, Stinging bees.

But, the book is more than just the words. The illustrations are a joy in themselves. The cute little pigs, with pretty pink snouts, bounce and trounce under the crinkly clean sheets and run, run, run, page after page. The pigs see two bunnies (in the green beans), and begin to chase them. Two pages later, the two bunnies have cleared off into the woods, and the pigs start running after two astonished squirrels. When I asked my three year old granddaughter what they were doing, she said that they were having fun, "Running!"

The illustrations are great, the words are wonderful, but the real test is in the number of giggles the book generated in my granddaughter. By that test, this is a five star book!
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