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Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – October 28, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—In a refreshing reversal of their usual roles, the often-despondent Gerald proves to be a valuable friend to exuberant Piggie when her own naturally sunny disposition fails her. Fretful about the sudden rain that threatens to ruin an afternoon of running, skipping, and jumping, Piggie declares emphatically that she is "not a happy pig." Poor Gerald patiently weathers the rain and her brief tantrum and, as readers might expect, the pair soon make the most of the situation. Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words themselves are manageable for young readers, and these endearing and distinctly developed characters have great child appeal. With a cameo appearance by the Pigeon on the final endpaper, this is a winning addition to the author's canon.—Neala Arnold, St. Francis Elementary School, MN
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Gerald the elephant and his friend Piggie are outdoors and ready to play when a drop of rain falls “PLINK!” on Piggie’s head. Watching her high-spirited mood dive precipitously through annoyance toward despair, Gerald extends an ear to shelter her. Soon, though, two ecstatic worms cavorting in the rain inspire them to find happiness in wet-weather play. The characters quickly shifting moods provide plenty of laughs, as well as food for thought, in this amiable entry in the Elephant and Piggie beginning-reader series. Willems again combines simplicity and wit to create a child-pleasing text that works beautifully with the cartoon-style illustrations. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 140L (What's this?)
  • Series: An Elephant and Piggie Book
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113478
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first grade readers I share these books with adore them! They were so excited to see a new adventure. Living in rainy Seattle, my readers can identify with Piggie's frustration about not being able to enjoy playing outside on a rainy day. As always with the Elephant and Piggie series, the expressions on the faces of the characters, the clear body language, and the simple-- but wonderfully funny-- dialogue help early readers experience all the drama and humor as they read the story.
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Mo Willems is one of the best writers in children's literature today. The Elephant and Piggie books are great for little ones learning to read. Mr. Willems has a unique gift for making books with few words and simple illustrations laugh-out-loud funny.

My 4 year old daughter loves all of the books and has most of the Elephant and Piggie books memorized. She loves to read them aloud. She also loves to look for the sly appearances of characters from the other books that Mr. Willems includes in every book he writes.

Bottom line: Great books for kids and fun for Mom and Dad, too.
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Hooray! Another one of my great favorites. I love reading these books to little children. They enjoy them so much. This Mo Willems is no exception. It is great fun and little folks are learning to read with these books. I have seen it happen several times. The characters Gerald and Piggy are absolutely charming and have such real personalities. Children can relate to their various problems or situations. The books are just so much pure fun to read and then we laugh and giggle and read it again usually. Mo Willems is one of my great favorites. I think I am in love. But I do know that I love his books and the responses from the children when these books are read to them. It is great.
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I actually do not enjoy these books all that much but my son finds them laugh out loud hilarious! And they are for him so... They are cute, usually have good lessons to glean, have simple but clear illustrations of various emotions, social interactions, friendship issues and facial expressions. This one emphasises finding various fun things to do in any weather, making the best out of situations, helping fiends, cheering others up and thinking of others rather than one's self. My son is 3 and can read them repeatedly, day after day after day after day....
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Parents and teachers of emergent readers, it doesn't get better than Elephant and Piggie books! This new release just joined the others in the series as my kindergartners' favorite books to read and reread. They love the tender friendship of Gerald and Piggie and love to read Gerald's gray text words and Piggie's pink words in deep elephant and squeaky pig voices. Brief, easily memorized text and lots of high frequency words make these books highly successful for early readers. Can't wait for the two new releases in March and June!
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I wish we had found this series when my daughter was younger. We could have been enjoying them for a long time. She is 7 now and reads at an advanced level but these books hold her interest for so many reasons. The illustrations draw her in and she thinks so much about what is happening on every page. Mo Willems is amazing. I can't thiink of any other children's series that compares.
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Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie books are simply the "Best" books for children learning to read.Why?
1.Great expressions on the characters 2.bold print for easy reading for your children and 3.fun stories!
Are You Ready to Play Outside is just another great story by the award winning author!
My twin 3 year old boys read this book on a weekly basis.
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A delightful story and excellent teaching resource that supports the development of writing skills for young children. Simple pictures allow you to teach children to represent movement in their drawings and both character's feelings change throughout the story. Simple pictures depict only Elephant and Piggie, thus allowing the teacher to focus on setting as well.
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