One by One: Garth Pig's Rain Song

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The clever little piglets come up with an ingenious scheme to outrun a rainstorm, in a colorful picture book--complete with music--that uses the favorite song, "The Ants Go Marching One by One," to help teach small children how to count.

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PreSchool-Rayner transforms two well-known, rhyming songs into lively counting books featuring 10 piglets. In One, Garth and his siblings make their way back to their cottage on a winding path as a storm approaches: "The piglets are marching four by four,/Alun is knocking on somebody's door,/And they all go marching/For to get out of the rain." Each page of text is headed by the number featured in the verse; in a nice touch, this number is echoed in a small illustrative detail, e.g., 2 berries or 4 flower pots, borrowed from the full-page illustration on the opposite page. In Ten, each pint-sized porker takes a turn tumbling off a high brick wall: "Ten pink piglets up on the wall/Ten pink piglets,/If one of those piglets should happen to fall,/Nine pink piglets up on the wall." Each number is highlighted in a large circle and illustrated by a double-page spread depicting the tottering piglets and a wolf's foiled attempts to snatch them. The last page shows that the youngsters have been jumping into the back of a large truck, which Mrs. Pig drives away just as the villain bounds toward them. The watercolor illustrations are full of action, expression, and witty detail. The melodies are included. Good material for toddler programs and ideal for one-on-one sharing.
Linda Wicher, Highland Park Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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