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Once a year the pigs throw a big bash. This year turns out to be the greatest "pignic" of all. Each pig in this rhyming alphabet book brings a favorite dish, from Auntie Anne's apple pie to Zak's zucchini bread. Children have fun with the alphabet as the zany pigs gather for their annual feast.
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Anne Miranda is the author of Baby Walk and Baby Talk, both illustrated by Dorothy Stott. She lives in Madrid, Spain.
Rosekrans Hoffman is the illustrator of Jane Yolen's Mother Goose Songbook and Jane Yolen's Old MacDonald Song Book. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Twenty-six members of a hog family attend a potluck "pignic" in this alphabet book. There's no plot, just an alliterative parade of pigs bearing food, from "Aunt Annie made apple pie" to "Zak baked zucchini bread." Miranda (The Elephant at the Waldorf) selects vittles ordinary and odd ("Ivan churned the ice cream. / June brought jam in jars. / Karl made pickled kumquat mousse, / and the lemon tarts were Lars' "). Hoffman (Three Sisters) adeptly illustrates the edible fare, shown displayed in colorful blue and terra cotta crockery. Unfortunately, the illustrator's pencil-and-colored-ink hogs are singularly unappealing. Their drooping ears and slack, pinkish-gray skin lend them a disconcerting, geriatric look; a drab palette of beige, gray and pink adds to this impression. What might have been a festive occasion is dampened by the pigs' glum expressions-readers will RSVP regrets to this pig-out. Ages 4-6.
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Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX159078328X