Scott Beck A Mud Pie for Mother

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A Mud Pie for Mother

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Little Pig is determined to get his mother the perfect present for her birthday and so sets out to the farmyard to look, but when everything he sees is claimed by another animal, Little Pig gets discouraged until just the right thing seems to suddenly appear before him.

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PreS-Gr. 1. When Little Pig ventures out to find the perfect birthday present for Mother Pig, he learns that the world is not necessarily his oyster--in fact, the oyster might belong to someone else! He ambles around the farm, assuming its bounty is his for the taking. He encounters resistance. First, a bee implores him not to pick the flower that is his favorite. Pig decides, instead, to take some hay for his mother, but the hay is the cow's bed. Even the dirt Pig wants to use for a mud pie turns out to be needed by someone else; it's crucial to the success of the farmer's wife's garden. Is Little Pig out of luck? In a plot twist, Pig is rewarded for his selfless nonpiggishness: the farmer's wife gives him bread, the cow offers milk, and the bee provides honey. Little Pig has a fine glop of slop for his mother's birthday breakfast after all. Beck neatly and completely teaches a simple lesson with a straightforward story line and adds charm with paintings reminiscent of Crockett Johnson's pictures for Ruth Krauss' The Carrot Seed (1989). ^B Karin Snelson
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PreSchool-Grade 1-Little Pig is looking for the perfect present for his mother. He tries a flower, but discovers that it is the bee's favorite. He sees shiny seeds on the ground, but finds that the hen was going to eat them. Everything he comes upon belongs to someone else. Just when it appears that he will return home empty-handed, the others, appreciative of the respect he has shown for their needs, reward him. Now, he has a variety of foods to give to his mom for her birthday breakfast. The cartoon illustrations, mostly spreads, are dominated by bright green grass and the perky pink pig. Each picture is outlined in blue crayon, giving the illusion of having been drawn by a child. Youngsters will enjoy this simple, upbeat story that quietly demonstrates the virtue of respecting another's property and needs.
Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
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