Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring
Coming March 7, 2017. Pre-order now!
By: Rebecca Bond
Spring blossoms with a new friendship.
In this early reader with five short chapters, emerging readers meet Pig and Goose. Pig is happy. She loves to dance. She loves to eat. But she cannot fly. And she cannot swim. Goose can fly like a bird. Goose can glide across the water beautifully. But he cannot tell stories or host a party like Pig can. Pig and Goose are very different. But what they do have in common is that they like each other. And they love springtime.
Simple text and charming illustrations guide beginning readers throughout the story and encourage independent reading.
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Author & Illustrator Bios:Rebecca Bond, author and illustrator
Rebecca Bond is a children's book author and illustrator. Some of her illustrated titles include The House That George Built and The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She is both the author and illustrator of Escape from Baxter's Barn (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event (Macmillan), and several others. Rebecca lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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An unlikely friendship between a portly pig and a graceful goose blooms in a springtime story infused with compassion and gentle humor. When Pig observes Goose's grace in flight, she asks the fowl to teach her. Pig's attempts at flying are laugh-out-loud funny, but it's a shared laugh, not at either character's expense. Despite their considerable differences, the two charmingly anthropomorphic animals become friends. "Goody gumdrops!" sums up Pig's perennially positive attitude, so her disappointment when she cannot learn to fly like Goose is palpable. Her amazement at Goose's ability to swim is equally believable, causing her to rue that she is not "elegant," "graceful," or "quiet," like Goose. Goose graciously points out that Pig is "other things." Goose is gratifyingly appreciative of Pig's delicious cooking, her skills as a hostess and raconteur, and her infectious enthusiasm for picnics and parties. Bond breaks the fairly extensive text into three chapters, making the story feel approachable while giving new readers a sense of accomplishment. Simple, repetitive vocabulary and no more than eight lines of text per page help make the story accessible. With 48 pages and an on-the-large-side 7-by-9-inch trim size, the book leaves plenty of space for Bond's expressive watercolor illustrations on every page. Find Pig and Goose a place on the friendship shelf with the likes of Frog and Toad, Elephant and Piggie, and Houndsley and Catina.
Limited vocabulary doesn't mean early readers can't be lyrical. Bond (Out of the Woods) demonstrates as much in a passage about spring: "They watched the wind play in the new leaves. Everything whispered and waved and danced." Three linked stories accompanied by fanciful pen-and-wash drawings explore the theme of identifying gifts. In the first, Pig tries to learn how to fly like her new friend Goose, but fails ("I have never seen a pig fly," Pig admits). Next, she admires Goose's ability to swim ("Swimming is so elegant. So graceful. So quiet. I am none of those things"). When Pig throws a marvelous party, though, it's Goose who's impressed: "'Pig,' whispered Goose, 'you are wonderful.'" Innocent exclamations abound ("Goody gumdrops!"), and so do sincere and generous sentiments. Pig is rosy cheeked and ample waisted, and wears rather dumpy clothing, while Goose is sleek and handsome. Yet it's Pig who keeps her guests enthralled and who pays attention to beauty. It's a quiet but effective reminder that an individual's appearance and skills are not the source of his or her worth.
ISBN: 978-1-60734-715-6 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-846-7 PDF
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Page count: 48
6 1/2 x 8 3/4
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 3. Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10