Monday, November 14, 2011

Little Pig Joins the Band

Little Pig Joins the Band
written and illustrated by David Hyde Costello
2011 (Charlesbridge)
Source: Mebane Public Library

Little Pig is frustrated. He is never called by his real name, Jacob, and when his family gets out Grandpa's marching band instruments, Little Pig finds that he is too small to play them. With no piccolo, harmonica, or kazoo in sight, Little Pig is resigned to being a spectator. When his brothers and sisters start playing, it is a maelstrom of missed notes and steps. What this band needs is a leader, and there is no height requirement for that position. Little Pig steps in as drum major and harmony ensues.

A common theme in picture books is a young character who doesn't seem to fit in and has to find a way to belong.  This theme is popular among young readers because they have experienced similar feelings in their lives. Little Pig Joins the Band would be a good mentor text for making text to self connections and also for teaching a lesson on problem and solution. In conjunction with this book, I would ask students how they can be leaders in their classroom and home.

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