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The Resource Pig & Goose and the first day of spring, Rebecca Bond

Pig & Goose and the first day of spring, Rebecca Bond

Label
Pig & Goose and the first day of spring
Title
Pig & Goose and the first day of spring
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Bond
Title variation
Pig and Goose and the first day of spring
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On the first day of spring Pig sets out to have a picnic by the pond, meets Goose, and so discovers a new friend
Tone
Character
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—This delightful transitional reader, dedicated to Arnold Lobel, celebrates the joy of new friendship. In the first chapter, Pig fixes herself a picnic on a beautiful day. The small white dot she spies turns out to be Goose, who lands right beside her. When Pig admires her new acquaintance's flying skills, Goose offers to teach her. But try as Pig might—and she is quite determined—she cannot leave the ground. "Pig put her head back and laughed loudly. Goose held his belly and laughed, too. They rolled in the road and snorted and honked. They laughed until they cried." In the second chapter, the new friends share Pig's picnic by the pond. Afterward, they rest, and Pig dreams she is flying. When she awakens, Goose is gone. The porker again notices a dot—this time in the water—getting larger and larger. " Wow!' exclaimed Pig. You can swim, too!' Goose blushed. Gosh,' he said, it is nothing. All geese can swim.' " Pig asserts that swimming is elegant, graceful, and quiet but laments that she herself is none of these things. The modest bird assures his friend that she has other talents. Brightening, Pig invites Goose to a "First-Day-of-Spring Party." In the final chapter, Pig hosts her party, which features many friends, delicious food, stories, and dancing. "'Pig,' whispered Goose, 'you are wonderful'. 'Really?' Pig said, blushing. 'Me?' 'Yes,' said Goose, 'you.' " Late that night, they tell each other how happy they are to be friends and make plans for another outing. The delicate watercolor and ink illustrations are as pleasing as the heartwarming text, which will appeal to children and their grown-ups. VERDICT A lovely story to share with preschoolers and young independent readers. An excellent selection.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools --Barbara Auerbach (Reviewed 03/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 03, p100)
  • 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. Ages 5–8. Agency: Studio Goodwin Sturges. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/23/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 04, p)
  • 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. (Early reader. 5-8)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10558957
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bond, Rebecca
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.B63686
LC item number
Pi 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
2.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Swine
  • Geese
  • Friendship
  • Picnics
  • Spring
  • Pigs
  • Geese
  • Friendship
  • Picnics
  • Spring
  • Friendship
  • Geese
  • Picnics
  • Picture books
  • Spring
  • Swine
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Pig & Goose and the first day of spring, Rebecca Bond
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
A spring morning -- A picnic lunch -- The party
Control code
ocn946031655
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
48 pages
Isbn
9781580895941
Lccn
2016013778
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946031655
Label
Pig & Goose and the first day of spring, Rebecca Bond
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
A spring morning -- A picnic lunch -- The party
Control code
ocn946031655
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
48 pages
Isbn
9781580895941
Lccn
2016013778
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946031655

Library Locations

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