Pig Pig Meets the Lion
written and illustrated by David McPhail
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
In a beginning series of wordless pages, a lion makes a late night escape over the zoo wall. He journeys out of town and climbs up a tree and into Pig Pig's bedroom. When Pig Pig wakes up, he has a rather large cat replacing a smaller cat on his bed. Instead of being the lion's breakfast, Pig Pig has found a running buddy. Down the steps, through the kitchen, and over the big chair go Pig Pig and the lion. Pig Pig's mother tells him about a lion escaping from the zoo, but is unaware that this lion is in her house. Pig Pig asks about keeping the lion that he has found, but his mother doesn't understand that this question is not hypothetical. When the family is eating breakfast, the lion snuggles under the table and munches on the house cat's food. A knock on the door brings a change of direction for the lion.
I love books that can be read in a short amount of time, but can be used in a variety of lessons. The obvious lesson with Pig Pig Meets the Lion is one featuring prepositions. David McPhail highlights the prepositions in bold print. Where was this book when I was in middle school? You could easily use this at several age levels to teach prepositions. I also plan on taking Pig Pig to school tomorrow to help me teach students how to use dialogue in their personal narratives. Lessons on friendship and sequence could also be taught. The open ending to this book begs for young students to write about what happens next to the lion. Pig Pig Meets the Lion is a delightful read, but as teachers, we also purchase books with an eye on how they can help us teach children and this book is a bargain.