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The Old Woman and Her Pig

The Old Woman and Her Pig

Spring 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: John Kanzler
ISBN: 978-0-06-028089-5
Hardcover Price: $16.99
It seems simple enough to the old woman—she'll use some found money to go town and buy a fat little pig, and get home to her little boy before the moon shines. The “getting home” part is what proves problematic in Margaret Read MacDonald's lively picture-book retelling of an Appalachian folktale. All is well until the woman attempts to get her new pig across the bridge; when he balks in fear, no amount of pushing and prodding can get him to budge. It turns out that the answer comes in the form of some other animal friends in an unusual display of forced cooperation. Young children will be amused by the animal characters, and the repetition in the text makes it ideal for reading aloud, true to its roots in the oral tradition. John Kanzler's illustrations convey the characters' facial expressions and movements with color and energy. A fun story for small children and preschool classrooms.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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