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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomine Rhymes

This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomine Rhymes

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 1 - 5 yrs.
Author: Will Hillenbrand
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Adam Stemple
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763613487
Hardcover Price: $19.99
Review:
This pig-centric collection contains more than 60 “lap songs, finger plays, clapping games, and pantomime rhymes” loosely arranged in five categories: “Upsie, Downsie,” “Bumpety, Bumpety,” “Wiggle, Wiggle,” “Clap, Clap, Clap,” and “Take a Bow.” A generously-sized format, whimsical borders, delicate pastels, nicely varied layouts, instructions for adults, a mix of familiar and obscure rhymes, and a charming cast of porcine characters make this a collection to rival (but not replace) Rosemary Wells and Iona Opie's two earlier collaborations. The thirteen musical selections on the accompanying CD (whose piano scores appear along with guitar chords in the book) are, with the exception of a jazzy version of “The Eensy Weensy Spider,” purely utilitarian: useful to those who don't know the tunes and otherwise unremarkable. Yolen's graceful introduction strikes just the right note: “The lap is a kind of schoolroom. What a child learns there is learned forever. Peek-a-boo. I love you.”
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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