Little Pig Saves the Ship

Little Pig Saves the Ship

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By: David Hyde Costello

When the sea-faring pigs go a-sailing!

Intrepid Little Pig—still the littlest pig in the family—is too little to go to summer camp with his older brothers and sisters. He is left behind with Grandpa and Poppy. Little Pig and Poppy make and sail a toy ship all week, but on Saturday a gusty wind takes the ship into the current, and Little Pig has to use his newfound knot-tying skills to save the day

A sweetly told intergenerational story about how even the littlest can make a big difference.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

David Hyde Costello, author/illustrator

David Hyde Costello has worked as a scenic designer for motion pictures and the stage. He is the author/illustrator of Here They Come! (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and I Can Help (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He is also the illustrator of the Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book, A Crow of His Own.

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Editorial Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Little Pig's still too small to do everything his brothers and sisters do…but it turns out that's not a problem. Little Pig's four older siblings are going to sailing camp, but Little Pig's not old enough. Eldest sibling Tiny gives him a rope to practice knots, but one whole day of tying knots is enough. Thankfully, Poppy and Grandpa come over, and Poppy brings a model ship he's carving. Little Pig helps Poppy finish the ship. They sail it on Monday and Tuesday and in the rain on Wednesday. They build a dock Thursday and sail it all the way across the river Friday. On Saturday it gets away from them and goes over a waterfall in a dramatic sequence that's perfectly gauged for the audience. Poppy can't catch it. Little Pig runs to the bridge, remembers the rope Tiny gave him, and makes use of those knots he practiced. He saves the day just in time to share sailing stories with all his siblings, home from camp. Costello's second title starring Little Pig's as charming as his earlier Little Pig Joins the Band (2011). The inviting watercolor-and-ink illustrations are a well-paced mix of full-bleed, spot, and cartoon panels dotted with speech bubbles that illuminate the close, intergenerational relationship between Little Pig and Poppy. Young listeners will identify with being too little but still quite capable. Here's hoping Little Pig will take his time growing up and gift readers with a few more tales of being smallest.

School Library Journal, starred review

The adorable protagonist of Little Pig Joins the Band returns as his brothers and sisters head off to sailing camp for the summer. Little Pig is too small to join his siblings, so his brother leaves him a book of sailors’ knots, and his grandfather carves him a miniature boat. Each day Little Pig and his grandfather sail the boat in a stream until one day it accidentally floats away. Little Pig uses his new knot-tying skills to rescue the vessel. Costello’s ink and watercolor images mixed with comic book–style word bubbles and some paneled page layouts are thoughtful and add energy and movement. The story will be a familiar one to any young reader who feels too small to join in with older siblings or peers, and offers an empowering message of learning to overcome one’s small stature. VERDICT Wholesome and cute, this fun new adventure with Little Pig is a satisfying addition to most collections. A great choice for storytime or small group sharing.


ISBN: 978-1-58089-715-0

ISBN: 978-1-60734-929-7 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-930-3 PDF
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Ages: 3-7
Page count: 32
81/2 x 91/2

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade K. Standards 1-7, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1, 3-7, 10

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