Monday, April 09, 2007
Goodnight, Sweet Pig
Before he had a child of his own, my brother-in-law was on to one of the most-oft used tricks in preschool and toddler literature. He asked, "Why do the kids in the books always get tired and go to sleep by the end of the book?" Oh, he didn't appreciate the power of suggestion in those books that were generally read before bedtime or naptime that reminds those kiddos that all good little children want to sleep.
Goodnight, Sweet Pig begins with the query, "To sleep, or not to sleep? That is the question?. Pig number one was trying to sleep, plumping her pillows and counting sheep." Unfortunately for this pig, nine other pigs (numbered two through ten), have different ideas in mind, including reading with a light, playing drums, eating cake, and dancing, which they do as they come into her room. After she weeps and asks them kindly to leave, they agree, and depart in the reverse order that they came, from number ten back down to number two, providing an introduction to counting backwards as well as forwards.
My almost-three-year-old son and I are enjoying counting books right now. This book does not lend itself to counting of items, because the pigs are numbered, but not associated with a coordinating number of items. However, the numbers in the text are large, and he likes to find the numbered pigs, and it provides great reenforcement of the numbers. This book is full of vibrantly painted, action-packed pictures that lend themselves to being discussed, especially as the room begins to fill: "Can you find the dancing pig? What's pig number three doing now?" The story, about how all the pigs enjoy doing different things, is one that will resonate with the older preschooler as well.
This book was sent on review from Kids Can Press. The website has a new Resource Room, free to registered members, which gives ideas for teaching, homeschooling, or supplemental activities at home.
I am participating one again in Children's Book Monday at A Path Made Straight.