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Sing a song of piglets : a calendar in verse
Bunting, Eve, 1928-
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New York : Clarion Books, [2002]

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32 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
From skiing in January to surfing in July, two energetic piglets romp through the months of the years in this calendar in verse.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 65851.
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From skiing in January, to surfing in July, to giving in December, two energetic piglets romp through the months of the year in this delightful calendar in verse.

At year's end, the piglets sum up their experiences:

Sing a song of seasons, Lots of things to do.
They would be fun With only one But I'm so glad we're two!

Author Notes

Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969.

That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times.

Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. The sum of this sprightly book is more than its parts. Each month gets a ditty that might otherwise sound bland ("Sing a song of skiing, / skiing in the snow. Wax your skis / and bend your knees / and down the hill we go"). But put together 12 months' worth of rhyme and some delightful pictures that add to the fun and frolic, and there's a certain charm in following piggies through a year. McCully's delightful illustrations open up the rhymes by putting the piglets on display. Using ink and zesty watercolors that reflect the seasons, she introduces a brother and sister pig that like to have fun (and enjoy each other's company), even while sitting under an umbrella watching their garden grow. There's a delightful exuberance to the artwork, and children will enjoy looking at the pictures to catch more of the details. A charming choice, too, for beginning readers. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

A girl and boy piglet prove they are swine for all seasons as they savor the best that each of the 12 months has to offer. "Sing of a song of skiing,/ skiing in the snow./ Wax your skis/ and bend your knees/ and down the hill we go," writes Bunting (Smoky Night) for January, as McCully (Mirette on the High Wire) sends the bundled-up duo schussing through a crisp alpine landscape. In April, the pigs plant seeds ("Sing a song of gardening"); in July, they expertly hang 10 ("Sing a song of surfing") on a giant, cresting wave; and in November, they stuff themselves silly with a vegetarian repast of "Hash and mash,/ potato smash." Bunting's rhymes should fall gently on younger ears ("Pull the weeds/ and plant the seeds/ and watch the flowers grow"), and her writing picks up verve during the pigs' more energetic activities. McCully's watercolors are the real treat, however, especially those devoted to warmer months (never mind that she shows vegetables instead of flowers in that garden). Layers of delicate color capture sunlight dappling an emerald lawn, and the way a panoply of greens and blues seems to shimmer on the surface of a lake. Cheery, full-spread pictures alternate with beguiling sequences of vignettes, creating a perky visual rhythm not suggested by the relatively mild jacket art. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-It is difficult to keep from singing the words of Bunting's latest offering, so be prepared to give in and let those vocal chords reverberate. The book follows a porcine pair through a fun, activity-filled calendar year in simple, efficient verse. The characters sing seasonal odes to skiing, skating, and gift giving in the colder months, and to shamrock-hunting, gardening, and outdoor sports in the warmer ones. Librarians and book lovers will find "August" particularly inviting: "Sing a song of reading,/lying in the shade./Chapter Three,/you read to me!/And pass the lemonade." McCully ups the cheery disposition of each page with her typically charming watercolor illustrations. Cool blues and greens dominate, making for a calm and content year, comfortable, even in the heat of summer. An enjoyable cozy-time read-aloud (or sing-along).-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.