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A pig is moving in!
Fries, Claudia.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Dr. Fox, Henrietta Hen, and Nick Hare are worried when a pig moves into their building, but they are pleasantly surprised at what a good neighbor he turns out to be.
Reading Level:
AD 440 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 44248.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 29609 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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When Henrietta Hen, Nick Hare, and Doctor Fox learn that a pig is moving into their building, they are appalled. Everyone knows that pigs are dirty and messy, and this pig seems to be no exception. While neither Henrietta, Nick, nor Dr. Fox has had a chance to meet the pig in person, careful observation has confirmed their worst fears. But have they really been watching carefully enough? This delightful portrait of a neighborhood warmly illustrates the dangers of judging or misjudging -- from a distance.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Doctor Fox, Henrietta Hen, and Nick Hare take one look at the animal moving into their tidy apartment building and immediately jump to conclusions. They declare the pig will be a "messy and dirty and sloppy" neighbor and set out to fulfill their own prophecy. The three friends aren't "a bit surprised" when Theodore Pig drops firewood on the sidewalk, spills flour in the hallway, and tracks mud (actually, clay) up the staircase. They assume others are cleaning up for him; however, children witness the pig cheerfully sweeping, mopping, and scrubbing. Soon enough, the trio of neighbors must face their mistaken assumptions. Theodore politely invites them to share the products of his labor: a cozy fire in the fireplace, freshly-baked cinnamon cookies, and a new game complete with little clay figures resembling the fox, hen, and hare. Fries' sunny watercolors in an oversize format reinforce Theodore Pig's sense of spick-and-span and accent the humor. Pair with Janie Bynum's Otis [BKL My 15 00] and meet a new generation of particular pigs. --Amy Brandt

Publisher's Weekly Review

In German author/illustrator Fries's fable-like tale, three animals expect the worst when a pig moves into their apartment building. "Everyone knows that pigs are messy and dirty and sloppy," states Henrietta Hen. Seeing what they want to see, she and two neighbors eagerly report to one another on the transgressions of their new neighbor, whom they spy dropping pieces of firewood on the sidewalk, a bag of flour by the stairwell and what appears to be mud (but is actually clay) in the hall. What they don't see is Theodore the pig's subsequent diligence in cleaning up after himself. While they gossip, the ambitious pig busily builds a fire in his fireplace, bakes cookies and fashions clay game pieces in the likeness of each neighbor for a parlor game. When the neighbors call on Theodore to complain, they learn the embarrassing truth but become fast friends. Diverting details abound in Fries's cartoonish watercolors, which effectively reinforce this tale's warning about judging by appearances. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A fox, hare, and hen are disturbed to learn that a pig is moving into their apartment building. Before having met their new neighbor, they all agree that "-pigs are messy and dirty and sloppy." Then, confirming their fears, each animal sees Theodore spill something on the floor or stairs, without noticing his efforts to clean up. Convinced that the pig is a pig, they go upstairs to confront him about his behavior, only to find that he is a friendly and creative individual. The watercolor cartoons are warm and appealing, with plenty of action on each page. The text often describes what the neighbors think of Theodore while the illustrations show his true personality, making the contrast easily understandable to children. Fries's use of animal characters lightens the serious message about prejudice. The book will work well as a read-aloud, especially in elementary classrooms where the story can be discussed.-Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.