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Author: Susan Middleton Elya

Illustrator: Elisabeth Schlossberg

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Even though he has outgrown his tricycle a little pig decides to hide it at his families yard sale. When he meets a young pig whom he thinks it will work for, he is able to finally give it up. This bilingual picture book acknowledges how hard it can be to give up something we love.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book for my daughter because she will be learning Spanish next year and I wanted to show her there were some books for kids that have Spanish in them. She was a little frustrated with it because some of the words were in Spanish and she had to look them up in the back to understand what the sentences were saying. She thought the story was cute and did like it better the second time through when she could understand it better. She thought it was funny when the little child (the family is actually pigs) kept moving and hiding the tricycle when he saw different people looking at it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the story as it shows that it is a good idea to sell some toys and help other kids in the process. I also liked that it included Spanish words. I was hoping she would like it better but wasn’t surprised when she did not want to read it again

Pros: Kids will enjoy - and relate to - this cute story. It will be fun to share with both English and Spanish learners.

Cons: Although parents may breeze through the Spanish, it could be a challenge for young readers who would otherwise be able to read the book.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Kids always have toys and treasures they have difficulty giving up. This book will be handy to have. Any teacher who teaches elementary Spanish will enjoy this book and like the Spanish words that are put into help the story. All libraries should have this book.


Educational Themes: In addition to be a good book for introducing Spanish vocabulary, it is a great story to share when it is time for a child to give up a beloved toy. The story makes it easy to talk about memories and feelings. In this story, the boy receives a reward for selling his bike - his parents get enough money to buy him a bigger bike. This may be a way to introduce value and money for kids who are saving for something. It is also a form of recycling.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, emotions, bilingual, Spanish, growing up

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2009

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