Friday, May 29, 2015
Poetry Friday -- Probably Not Poetry, But a Darn Cute Rhyming Book
What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig
by Emma J. Virján
review copy provided by the publisher
So many rhyming animals (up to and including a panda in a blouse) join the pig on her boat that she finally sends them all away, which leaves her blissfully, and then forlornly, alone. Until...surprise ending!
A book with not too many words needs to have interesting pictures that help the reader and add to the story, like when the goat on the log performs a balancing act, or when the rat trades its top hat for a swimming cap when pig sends them all off the boat. And not only does this book have a pig in a wig, it has lots of hidden pig snout shapes to look for.
This book is kid-tested and kid-approved. With no prompting, kindergarteners began rhyming along with the book (although they did have to ask what a blouse was). And they loved the author's picture (she's wearing a drawn-on red wig and a pig nose).
Looking forward to more books in this fun series!
Margaret has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Reflections on the Teche. Next week we'll start building the July-December schedule!