Cover image for Pigs on a blanket : fun with math and time
Pigs on a blanket : fun with math and time
Axelrod, Amy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1996]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm.
Because the Pig family has so many delays in getting to the beach, they are in for a big disappointment when they're finally ready to ride the waves.
Reading Level:
470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 17333.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 1 Quiz: 09112 Guided reading level: L.

Format :


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Material Type
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Mr. Pig, Mrs. Pig, and the piglets are hot, hot, hot and they really want to go to the beach. But time is running out for the Pigs! Will they be able to count the seconds, minutes, and hours and enjoy a swim in the ocean?

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Time, a difficult and abstract concept, is made delightful fun here as the Pig family races the clock to get to the beach. It's only 11:30 a.m. when Mr. Pig suggests they leave, but one thing after another delays them, and just as they are about to ride the waves, the beach closes. Older, patient readers should be able to keep track of the time slipping away; younger ones may lack the necessary reading and math skills to follow the time sequence. The illustrations provide visual cues, with clocks and watches appearing in most of the brightly colored, silly pictures, and a summary page at the end of the book will be helpful. A lively way to integrate math and language arts into a whole-language curriculum. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Axelrod and McGinley-Nally (Pigs Will Be Pigs) once again deliver a comical caper cum math lesson as the scatterbrained Pig family escapes to the beach to beat the heat‘or tries to. Although the cool ocean is ostensibly an hour's drive from their home, the journey takes a good deal longer, owing mostly to Mr. Pig's endless distractions and disruptions‘and his decidedly dawdling nature. The clock ticks away mercilessly as he takes 45 minutes to find his bathing suit and even longer to find the car keys (in his pocket). Railroad crossings, rest stops and speeding tickets further conspire to shorten the pigs' beach time. But by exactly how much? Cleverly, Axelrod leaves the addition to youngsters, who may anticipate the ironic ending: once at the beach, the famished family spends so much time buying, eating and digesting a pig-sized lunch that it's too late for a swim. Their stunned expressions on learning this news are particularly diverting, as are other scenes of the plump porkers in their outrageous beach garb. A rebus-style countdown at the end will help kids tally just how many story minutes have ticked by. But some may prefer to skip the math challenge and go along for the ride, which, greatly enhanced by McGinley-Nally's waggish ink, watercolor and acrylic art, is well worth their time. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-2‘Children who exercised their math skills with the effervescent porcine family in Axelrod's Pigs Will Be Pigs (S & S, 1994) can pick up more practice adding, subtracting, and telling time as the portly clan visits the beach. The piglets are ready to go in no time, but the minutes march past as Mr. Pig tries to find a swimsuit that still fits (45 minutes), hunts for car keys (1 hour), gets a speeding ticket (13 minutes), stands in line at the concession stand (60 minutes), and insists they wait for lunch to digest (30 minutes, plus 20 more for the lemonade and brownies). At last it's "Time to ride the waves!" But no, it's 5:30, and the beach is closing. Animal characters in colorful summer dress cavort cheerfully through simple cartoon illustrations. The Pigs' misadventure gets a recap in rebuses at the end, and an afterword poses a few word problems and a discussion of clock face features and digital equivalents. This painless lesson makes a good follow-up to books like Bruce McMillan's Time to... (Lothrop, 1989; o.p.).‘John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.