Pig Has a Plan, actually makes learning to read fun. Having just returned from time with a 4 1/2 and 6 year-old at various stages of learning to read, I listened to both boring and quite clever beginning readers. In this tale, Pig approaches the mud puddle outside the barn, stretching his arms, and yawning to “Pig wants to nap.” We know just what he desires but his friends have plans of their own. Hen wants to saw, Cow wants to gab, Cat wants to pop (balloons) and so on as each animal joins the farm field busy making noise as they inflate balloons, construct a picnic table, mix a cake, sip the drinks, and bop to the music. Finally Pig has a plan for his nap, in spite of his surprise birthday party that has been assembled around him. Ethan Long’s delightful cartoons carry the clever story of few words to excite kids about reading books.
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