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Monday, September 27, 2010

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch - Mary Peterson & Jennifer Rofe (Picture Book)




Released July 2010

www.charlesbridge.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

While their mother takes a little snooze in the pumpkin patch her two mischievous little ones are off on an exploring trek around the farm. They sneak under the farmer’s wife’s sheets drying on the line, tromp over the green beans in the garden, pass some sheep out in the field and frolic in the clover.

But wait, they aren’t done quite yet. The piggies tease the barn cats and slip into the big bull’s pen where there’s plenty of mud in which to play.

Unfortunately, the bull isn’t much of a host and with some loud squeals the duo dashes off to the stream where the geese hang out. Once again they wear out their welcome and, then, after an encounter with some bees, they scurry back to the pumpkin patch for a nice nap.

As young readers follow the silly antics of these two, little piggies the children will be introduced to prepositions of direction, rhyme and assonance. From start to finish, this entertaining, nicely illustrated read aloud book will delight preschoolers and move them closer to mastering basic deciphering skills.

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