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A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea
Black, Michael Ian, and Kevin Hawkes
Simon and Schuster Children's, 2010
Grades PreK-3
A pig parade is not a great idea because these barnyard animals hate to march (preferring to snuffle), refuse to wear majorette uniforms, don't care about building floats and prefer sad country music to marching band music. Bold, full-solor illustrations provide witty details.
The Princess and the Pig
Emmett, Jonathan, and Poly Bernatene
Walker Childrens, 2011
Grades PreK-3
There's been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer's new piglet. The kindly farmer and his wife believe it's the work of a good witch, while the ill-tempered king and queen blame the bad witch-after all, this happens in fairy tales all the time! While Priscilla grows up on the farm, poor yet very happy, things don't turn out quite so well for Pigmella.
Olivia
Falconer, Ian
Atheneum, 2000
Preschool
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.
Princess Pigsty
Funke, Cornelia, and Chantal Wright, and Kersten Meyer
Chicken House, 2007
Grades PreK-3
One morning Princess Isabella throws her crown out the window--it's BORING being a princess, she declares. When she refuses to fetch her crown from the fishpond, her father, the king, sends her off to the pigsty. Isabella couldn't be happier, because while plain old princesses spend all their time primping and smiling and stifling yawns, REAL girls get to peel onions, pick blackberries, and sometimes even sleep outside with the pigs.
The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale
Guarnaccia, Steven
Abrams, 2010
Grades PreK-3
In this quirky, artsy retelling of "The Three Little Pigs," the pigs and their homes are nods to three famous architects - Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright. Each house is filled with clever details. Which one will protect them from the Big, Bad, Wolf?
Nursery Classics: A Galdone Treasury
Galdone, Paul
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Grades K-3
Includes Galdone's classic versions of "The Three Little Pigs," "The Little Red Hen," "The Three Bears" and "The Cat Goes Fiddle Dee Dee."
Hogwash
Geisert, Arthur
Houghton-Mifflin for Children, 2008
Grades PreK-2
All the little piggies have had lots of fun playing and now they are dirty and muddy. Anyone who has bee captivated by the swaying brushes and swinging jets of soap and water in a car wash will enjoy Geisert's illustrations of the enormous contraption as it lathers and scrubs a whole farm full of dirty little pigs.
The Three Little Pigs
Kellogg, Steven
HarperTrophy, 2002
Grades K-3
In this retelling of a well-known tale, Serafina Sow starts her own waffle-selling business in order to enable her three offspring to prepare for the future, which includes an encounter with a surly wolf.
When Pigasso Met Mootisse
Laden, Nina
Chronicle, 1998
Grades 2-4
Pigasso, a talented pig, and Mootisse, an artistic bull, live across the road from one another, but when conflicts arise they build fences that ultimately become modern art masterpieces. Includes biographies of the real-life artists, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
Hogwood Steps Out: A Good, Good Pig Story
Mansfield, Howard, and Barry Moser
Roaring Book, 2008
Preschool - Grade 2
After spending the winter in a cozy barn snuggling with the other barnyard animals, Hogwood is itching to get out and wallow in some good mud. Unfastening the gate is no challenge for him, so off he goes to a garden with fresh lettuce, only to be run off by the angry gardener. Next he tears up a lawn and gets chased off. Finally, he's apprehended by a policeman. Back, cozily asleep in the barn, Hogwood dreams of the next crops that he'll raid.
The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs, and Linda Wingerter
Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
An orphan girl discovers that she shares her grandfather's gift for finding things when their very clever pig disappears.
Big Pig and Little Pig
McPhail, David
Harcourt Brace, 2003
Preschool - Grade 1
Short, simple story, fully illustrated, with familiar objects and situations, repetition, rhyme, and strong links between art and text. The big pig and the little pig are hot--the sun is shining and they want to cool off. They each decide to make a hole to fill with water. Big Pig uses a little shovel to dig his hole while Little Pig has a mechanical digger. The end result seems to suit each as one sits with his big fanny in what looks like a puddle, while the other cavorts in his large swimming hole.
Little Oink
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
Chronicle, 2005
Preschool-Grade 2
All Little Oink wants is to be tidy. He digs for truffles with a spade and brings knife, fork and bib to the trough. "All my friends get to clean their rooms," he whines to his parents. "Why can't I?" Little Oink tries his best to mess up his room, to be a good pig, but his father remonstrates: "I still see toys in their bin, mister."
Bumble-ardy
Sendak, Maurice
HarperCollins, 2011
Grades PreK-3
Bumble-ardy the pig had not celebrated his past eight birthdays with his family, but when his Aunt Adeline adopts him at age nine, he decides to throw himself a spectacular party.
Beryl: A Pig's Tale
Simmons, Jane
Little, Brown, 2011
Grades 2-5
Beryl escapes from a truck on its way to market and takes up with a wild pig and her relatives. She is soon ostracized from their wilderness community and sets out an a series of travels that lead her to a more accepting home. Explores serious themes pertinent to children today with a colorful cast of characters drawn with in vivid black and white.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Steig, William
Simon & Schuster, 2005
Grades K-3
While hurrying home to show his parents a wish-granting pebble, Sylvester the donkey is startled by a hungry lion emerging from the bushes. Flustered, Sylvester wishes he were a rock, and is immediately transformed. A year later, Sylvester's grieving parents go for a picnic and choose the rock that is Sylvester as their table. Sylvester's father happens to find the magic pebble and places it on the table, just as Sylvester wishes he were himself again. With great joy, the family is reunited.
The Three Pigs
Weisner, David
Clarion, 2001
Preschool - Grade 3
What begins as a the classic tale of "The Three Pigs" evolves into a free-for-all when the Big Bad Wolf's efforts to blow down the straw house of Pig No. 1 have unexpected consequences -- Pig is blown right of the story! He ends up on the pages of the book, falling out of the frame and transformed into a three-dimensional character. This leaves Wolf completely bewildered. As he approaches Pig No. 2 and his house of twigs, he tries again. But Pig's brother arrives just in time, with news that there is safety outside the confines of the storybook pages. The brothers exit, and Wolf is once again befuddled. When the pigs reach their other brother in the brick house, the three of them decide it's time to get away from Wolf for good. They pummel the storybook frames until they are completely flat -- and then they make an airplane! After a bit of soaring, they crash-land. Finally, they realize that they're being watched. The Three Pigs then jump into the pages of other rhymes, meeting up with a very friendly dragon and a sweet cat. At this point, the entire crew join forces and decide to teach Wolf a lesson.