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The Pig in the Pond
by Martin Waddell (more about Martin Waddell) 219/140 illustrated by Jill Barton
first published 1992
Early Years for ages 2 to 6 published by Walker Books Ltd
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
7/10 This is quite a good piece of work.
What's it about?
On a hot sunny day, one pig decides to make a splash and cool down.
What happens?
Poor pig sits and watches the ducks and geese keeping lovely and cool in the pond. She gets hotter and hotter until suddenly, she jumps in! All the animals are amazed, a pig in the pond? Surely not! What will Farmer Neligan do when he gets back?
Anything else?
This story grows on you, I read it a couple of times and began to really like it. It's a simple tale told in such a way as to make it easily accessible to very young children. The repetition makes it a good choice for the new reader. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and are amusing.
Other books by Martin Waddell include A Kitten Called Moonlight, Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?, Mimi And The Blackberry Pies, Mimi And The Picnic, Once There Were Giants, Rosie's Babies, Snow Bears, The Big Big Sea, Tom Rabbit, What Use is a Moose?.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
This is an illustrated children's book based on an Irish story, about a pig who jumps into a pond on a hot summer day. The book was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1993. Martin Waddell's other books include "Farmer Duck", "Rosie's Babies" and "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear".
And what do you think?
Lisa Gee, Amazon.co.uk
This is the story of a Very Hot Day, and a pig who, despite the encouragement of ducks and geese (who later regret it), tries to resist the lure of the water. Pigs, you see, don't swim. But eventually--well--SPLASH! And then all the rest of the farm ani
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