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Pigs Love Potatoes Hardcover – June 21, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (June 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399240365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240362
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One pig wants potatoes / So Mama starts to cook. / Then one pig's little brother / Decides to come and look." Mama puts them to work washing and peeling potatoes. With the arrival of more siblings, Papa Piggy, and a neighbor, more and more potatoes go into the pot, and nine pigs sit down to enjoy the feast together. Children who are learning to count will enjoy trying out their skills, but this amiable picture book offers more than just counting—a childlike story told in short, rhyming phrases and a most appealing family of pigs. With rich, warm colors, the charcoal-and-acrylic artwork offers a nice variety of details in scenes that portray family dynamics with wit and charm. From the piglet who adorns his father's head with potato-peel curls to the older siblings who arrive decked out for fishing, painting, and soccer, there's plenty for children to enjoy in the illustrations while they listen to the rhythmic text roll along. A natural for reading aloud. Phelan, Carolyn

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Christopher Denise lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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It is a nice short read, a little dry to me, but anything that makes him sit still is good for me.
Brooke Buice
Now all the pigs want potatoes in this fine and lively picturebook packing a rollicking rhyme with an easy reader helping kids to learn to read.
Midwest Book Review
The ever-present, docile feline adds a unifying element of consistency, familiarity, and genuine warmth to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's just a little book about pigs. It's about potatoes too. It's mostly a sparsely worded picture book of 32 pages. The intended audience seems to span ages 4 through 8. Thus "Pigs Love Potatoes" appears to be just so much verbal pablum. Or so one would think. From the first wide-eyed glance of the cover's apron'd mother pig clutching a colander brimming with potatoes to the last sweet picture of two piglets cleaning their plates, the reader, no matter his or her age, senses the uncommonly special essence of this book. That elusive WOW factor is evidenced on every single jaw-dropping page.

There is so much to like about this spudtacular little gem. Mostly I like that the authors stay within certain boundaries, limiting the complexity of the plot, limiting the ambitiousness of word choices, and even limiting the number count to TEN. What they've created is a book with a great story, intrinsic didactic value, and elements that demand repetitive readings. It's one of those special, children's books worth purchasing, and a quality addition to the family library.

Christopher Denise's illustrations are outstanding, warranting long looks and repeat visits. That his art was created with acrylic and charcoal on board means little to me, but the fabulous detail one these pages and the artist's obvious talents do impress. His personification of the pigs is credible and effective with their humanlike gestures and emotive facial expressions. Even someone like myself who can barely draw a stick figure can appreciate, the dominant pastels and occasional contrasting bright colors. Texture, shadow, and minute detail work so well on conscious and unconscious levels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Constant on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a joy to read and to have read to you! We love the story of the piggies and the potatoes for their family and neighbors. We never tire of reading it and read it at least once a day to our 2-year old daughter. We just wish the authors had more books for us to purchase because we would certainly buy them!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One pig wants potatoes - setting off a chain reaction that spreads through his family even to the neighbors. Now all the pigs want potatoes in this fine and lively picturebook packing a rollicking rhyme with an easy reader helping kids to learn to read. Parents will find it a fun, satisfying read-aloud, too.
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My daughter found this book in our public library and absolutely loved it! Once the loan period expired, I knew "Pigs Love Potatoes" would become an excellent permanent addition for her own personal library of books. A lovely, endearing story!
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By Steck on July 26, 2013
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Wonderful story to be read to little ones. Illustrations are delightful and they will learn about counting to ten
and sharing.
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