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PIGLET AND GRANNY by Margaret Wild


by Margaret Wild & illustrated by Stephen Michael King

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8109-4063-5
Publisher: Abrams

Though Granny Pig is soft and squishy (and wears glasses halfway down her snout), she’s still lively and playful. So whenever she comes to visit Piglet, they fill the day with lively activities. One day she’s late, but Piglet doesn’t run out of activities. She balances on a stone wall and talks to Cow, chases butterflies and talks to Horse, somersaults down the slope and talks to Duck, plays hide-and-seek in the grass and talks to Sheep. When Granny finally arrives, she promises a surprise, which turns out to be...a slithery mudslide! King’s soft, splashy watercolor vignettes, lightly outlined in black ink and set against generous white space, give the story a nice bucolic flavor. The text is rendered in a pleasingly large font, its positioning on the page subtly abetting the book’s gentle pacing. The action’s in the lack of action. For toddlers and preschoolers still learning to entertain themselves during moments of empty time, Piglet’s resourcefulness, even in her impatience, stands as a worthwhile lesson. (Picture book. 3-5)