The stream-of-consciousness activities of a little pig take a young girl through a series of adventures, starting and ending with a pancake.
Young Reader (1+):
A frequent request at nap time. Likes to act out some of the antics—particularly dancing!
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.”
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.
There really isn’t much story to tell, and it has the potential to create a messy, energized pig-imitator.
This is a simple story with plenty of antics and humor to engage toddlers and preschoolers.
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).
8 and Up
3 to 8
Started reading with child 18 months old.
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.