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Piggy Pie Po Hardcover – September 13, 2010
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She lives in Hawaii.
My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.
The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.
My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.
When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.
My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.
When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.
I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss!
My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist.
On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.
When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is divided into three "chapters", each telling a different Piggie story. I divided them up when reading to 1 and 2 year olds, and will read them all when reading to 3's and 4's. Each of the stories is a delight to read and will get lots of giggles. The illustrations are hilarious, vibrant and uncluttered, making this a perfect choice for group sharing. Don't miss this latest little gem from the Woods. They add another one to their long list of classics. Recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter just loves this book. After reading the libraries copy we had to have a copy of our own.Published 1 month ago by Stephufnagel
My grandchildren and I love this book. There are lots of lessons to talk about besides reading the stories of Piggy Pie Po's adventures.Published 6 months ago by Joanie B.
All Audry Wood books are well illustrated by her husband Don and he does a bang up job. I am an artist myself and the quality of the illustrations is a first consideration... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Lewis
Very easy to read for a 5 year old. Basic vocabulary and short vowel word. Child should read these 3 short stories to an adult. A real confidence booster for the child reader.Published 12 months ago by Paula E. Anderson
Audrey & Don Wood are a great team. My children love every book we have from them. This one is about a silly pig who has different outfits for whatever he is doing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JStafford
Read over and over at my house. My kids are 4, 3 and one. Almost have some parts memorized. Everyone likes it. This is my favorite author.Published 15 months ago by S. D. Merrifield