Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; "everyone" is curious to know what he wants After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall maybe he just wanted to make new friends But is it too late? Read more...
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A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: "RIBBIT " The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed "What did that little pig just say?," "Does he think he's a "frog"?," "Is he making fun of us?"
Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; "everyone" is curious to know what he wants After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall maybe he just wanted to make new friends But is it too late? This is a warm, funny, and beautifully illustrated story of friendship, with boisterous "RIBBIT "s throughout perfect for reading aloud."
- ISBN-13: 9780307981462
- ISBN-10: 0307981460
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: March 2013
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 2-5
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-02-11
- Reviewer: Staff
In a story from the duo behind Bob the Dog, a pink pig appears on a rock in a pond amid a large family of anxious frogs, confounding them all by enigmatically repeating “Ribbit,” like a cheerful cousin to Poe’s raven. What is the meaning of his call? Has he decided not to be a pig anymore? “This new relative of yours is a little pink!” says a raccoon, cocking his head skeptically. Bernatene’s animals, painted on paper whose grain can be seen underneath the washed strokes of color, have oversize snouts and eyes whose expressions range from puzzlement to consternation. A consultation with the local wise beetle produces an answer: “Maybe... he just wanted to make new friends.” But when they return, the pig has moved on. Silly animals that don’t know what to do are a perennial favorite, and Bernatene has an instinctive sense for visual comedy, as when the pig realizes that things aren’t going according to plan with the tiniest twitch of a porcine eyebrow. Sometimes, Folgueira reminds readers, the wisdom of the crowd is actually foolishness. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)