Sunday, December 2, 2007
Elephant and Piggie Books
by Mo Willems
Most enjoyed by preschool through 2nd grade
Mo Willems, of 'Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus' fame, has created a new series of beginner readers that can't be missed. There are four titles in the 'Elephant and Piggie' series that are perfect for beginner readers to read on their own. The vocabulary is simple. Words are used repetitively and are easy to sound out. And, most important of all, Elephant and Piggie are two characters to read about over and over.
In "There is a Bird on Your Head', Elephant discovers that a bird has landed on his head. Soon it's two birds. Actually, as Piggie kindly points out, they are two birds in love who soon start making a nest on Elephant's head. But Elephant does not want birds on his head or a nest either. Piggie, being his friend, helps him get the birds off of his head, but not quite with the results he expected!
Everyone knows pigs can't fly but not Piggie. He wants to fly despite Elepahnt's gentle reminders that pigs can't. In 'Today I Will Fly', Piggie gets the help of Elephant and another friend to learn that sometimes, maybe everyone can fly a bit.
Other titles in the series include 'My Friend is Sad' and 'I Am Invited to a Party!' and provide just as much entertainment as the two books described above. Parents, if you're looking for some fun books to help your child increase their reading skills, the Elephant and Piggie books will do the trick.