"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 countinga 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.