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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: The stream-of-consciousness activities of a little pig take a young girl through a series of adventures, starting and ending with a pancake. This is a simple story with plenty of antics and humor to engage toddlers and preschoolers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with child 18 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: A frequent request at nap time. Likes to act out some of the antics—particularly dancing!
Adult Reader Reaction: It could get tiring. Compared to others, though, the story is cute enough and the pace smooth enough that it will be fairly easy to endure the demands of “again, mommy.”
Pros: The pig’s antics match the attention span of a toddler: a simple word or action will generate a memory and send the child off in a whole new direction. The book offers a simple way of encouraging creativity and imaginative play.
Cons: There really isn’t much story to tell, and it has the potential to create a messy, energized pig-imitator.
Borrow or Buy: This is probably a good one to borrow at the library first to see how high the demand for repeat readings is. If you’re looking for a nice gift for a young reader, keep this one in mind.
Educational Themes: The learning value is not in the story itself, but in whether or not you decide to use the book as a way to illustrate for your kids what you DON’T want them to do (i.e., make and leave messes).