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.

10 comments:

Beck said...

Sounds good!

Lauren S. said...

This sounds like a fun book. I enjoyed your review at DCR today as well. I have never read anything by Jane Austen. I have Pride and Prejudice on my SRT list, but I may have to check Northanger Abbey out as well. Thanks!

Jenny said...

I hope I can find this one at my library. My 4 year old loves pigs! Her stuffed pig Wilbur even came to Disney World with us :)

Granny said...

Thank you...I am SUCH a sucker for children's books!

Chris said...

I am so enjoying all these children's book reviews. So many great new books for me.
Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

Cari said...

This sounds like a fun book! Thanks for sharing. :)

Code Yellow Mom said...

ooooooohhh...I think I just might have to get this one. Thanks for the review - it soudns adorable!

Katrina said...

Sounds great. And you did a great review, too -- lots of pertinent info for all us potential buyers!

Elise said...

This looks so cute - thanks for reviewing it! I'm so up for anything that reminds children to be good and go to sleep! :)

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Hello! I come to you from the Carnival of Children's Literature. I had to laugh at your son's observations about sleepiness in books. When I worked at a daycare center, my favorite 5 year old asked me not to read One Half Moon and One Whole Star. I asked her why she didn't like the book. "The whole thing just says,
'Go to sleep! Go to sleep!'" she said. I'm surprised she didn't roll her eyes.