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Pig and Crow
Chorao, Kay.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Crow tricks Pig by trading him supposedly magic items for food, but in the process Pig discovers the value of hard work, patience, and an appreciation for beauty and joy.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 44045.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A magical tale about loneliness and friendship-with a happy ending. "Pig was lonely, but baking raised his spirits. He baked a lot." Crow loves Pig's baking, and in exchange for delicious desserts he gives Pig special gifts, such as seeds and a caterpillar. The gifts are supposed to take away Pig's loneliness, yet no matter how carefully Pig follows Crow's instructions, they never seem to work. But then one of Crow's gifts-an egg- hatches, and magic or not, Pig has a friend at last.Kay Chorao's gentle text and lovely illustrations create a warm, sweet story about loneliness, patience, and the magic of friendship.

Author Notes

Kay Chorao has illustrated and/or written more than fifty books, including Little Farm by the Sea , Jumpety-Bumpety-Hop , and the bestselling Baby's Bedtime Book , Baby's Christmas Treasury , and Baby's Good Morning Book . Ms. Chorao and her husband live in New York City and Jamesport, Long Island.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. A lonely pig learns the value of hard work and patience in this delightful modern-day fable. Sly Crow knows just what to say to Pig to convince him to trade his chocolate cake for Crow's magic seeds: "These seeds take away loneliness, especially from lonely pigs." Pig waters, weeds, and fertilizes the seeds, and is rewarded with bright orange pumpkins. But he's still lonely. Crow appears again, this time with a "magic worm" to trade for Pig's pumpkin pie. After Pig watches and waits for a long time, a beautiful butterfly emerges, but Pig's happiness is short-lived; the butterfly quickly flutters away. Chorao's gouache-and-ink illustrations are so wonderfully expressive that the joy on Pig's face when the butterfly hatches and the horror as it flies away tell the story as effectively as the words. Crow's final visit brings Pig a magic egg from which a baby goose eventually hatches. Pig has to call upon his considerable nurturing experience to care for the little creature, but Pig doesn't mind because he finally has the friend he's always longed for. Were Crow's trades magic? Kids will have fun debating the issues raised by this heartwarming, thought-provoking tale. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

"This quaint domestic drama centers on a lonely pig who bakes to lift his spirits and ultimately finds solace in nature," PW wrote. Ages 4-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Chorao's (Little Farm by the Sea) quaint domestic drama centers on a lonely pig who bakes to lift his spirits and ultimately finds solace in nature. Whenever crafty Crow smells one of Pig's freshly made desserts, he swoops down and offers to trade something "magic" for the confection, promising that it will cure Pig's loneliness. Each time, Pig is disappointed ("magic seeds" turn out to be "only pumpkins. They are not magic"; a "magic worm" metamorphoses into a butterfly that flies away). But with every disappointment, Pig also discovers something important (e.g., the value of hard work and patience) so that when Crow finally offers him a "magic egg," Pig knows how to care for it. The egg hatches into a Canada goose, who becomes his soulmate. Chorao's illustrations brim with activity and reveal a range of expressions (Pig's sadness as he watches his butterfly escape into the sky; his dedication when he awakens in the middle of the night to feed the hungry gosling, nestled in a miniature, straw-filled cradle). The lessons Pig learns about the wonder of nature are just as likely to rub off on youngsters. Ages 4-7. (May) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.