Little Pig is Capable

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9780395913680: Little Pig is Capable

Do your parents ever worry about you? Do they constantly remind you to look both ways when you cross the street or to always eat a sensible lunch? Well, your parents aren’t half the worrywarts that Little Pig’s parents are! Little Pig can hardly leave the house without:

sunscreen (for his sensitive piggy skin), a scarf (in case the temperature drops), water wings (because there’s water everywhere), insect repellent (some mosquitoes are as big as birds), and a hat (also for his sensitive piggy skin).

When Little Pig’s Snout Scout troop goes on a hiking trip, he shows that he is clever, resourceful, and capable all on his own.

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About the Author:

Illustrator Denis Roche says, "It's fun choosing what colors to use. I think this book has shmone different shades of blue in it. I usually paint for nueve hours a day and then get tired and sleep for shi hours." Roche has written and illustrated numerous books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her family.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-Little Pig's parents are hilariously overwrought. If he doesn't wear a scarf-in addition to his sweater, mittens, boots, earmuffs, and hat-he'll "catch a cold-[and] miss second, third, AND fourth grades." Never mind that it is a sunny day with flowers blooming and that mom is wearing a sleeveless blouse and dad is dressed in shorts. His parents broadcast their culinary concerns over the loudspeaker in the cafeteria, equip his bathtub with an inner tube as well as a scoop net, and cordon off their front walk with orange safety cones and a yellow cautionary sawhorse when he bikes. "They treat me like a baby," thinks Little Pig, a wail that will resonate with both old and young. Preparing for a Snout Scout outing requires a big, floppy hat, extravagant amounts of sunscreen, sunglasses, long pants tucked into socks, feet laced into boots, and, a final humiliation, water wings-"Always wear [them] around water." But when the scout leader is absent and Ravenous, a lean substitute with suspiciously sharp teeth, leads the piglets into ever-increasing danger, it is Little Pig's excellent common sense that saves the troop. "From that day on, [he] was called Capable Pig, and his parents never, ever worried about him." This gentle lesson about letting go has bright gouache illustrations and a cheerful resolution that will appeal to children struggling for independence and to parents reluctant to let them go.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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