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The Old Woman and Her Pig by Eric A. Kimmel

Picture Book Critique #11

The Old Woman and Her Pig
Adapted by: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by: Giora Carmi

1. Picture Book Genre: Traditional Literature

2. Brief Summary: A traditional British folklore The Old Woman and Her Pig tells the story of a old woman who while cleaning finds a penny that she takes to the market to buy herself a plump pig. As she is leading the pig home they both come to a wall with stiles that the pig must walk over, refusing to climb the wall the pig stubbornly tells the old woman “no”. Not deterred by the pig’s obstinacy the woman goes on a long voyage and attempts to convince a dog, stick, fire, water, horse, rider, lasso and rat to try to get the one before them to play their part in getting the pig over the fence. Finally, it is with the help of hay, a cow and a cat that the long trail of characters assist in getting the pig over the wall in order to get them both home before dark. This traditional tale is both filled with vibrant alliteration and rhyme as well as coated in clever humor.

A. Area for comment: The author’s use of alliteration, repetition and rhyme assist in making this children’s book not only fun to listen to but a joy to read. There is no question as to why the text The Joy of Children’s Literature recommends this wonderful tale.
B. Professional Evaluation: There is no question that the adaptation of this traditional tale is one in which both the students and teachers have an opportunity to see the cause and effect that one’s actions has on another. The old woman goes through great lengths and asks a number of objects/animals/people for help to assist her in getting the pig over the wall while in the end setting off a chain reaction of one object to the next all in an effort to get home before dark. The fun of this book is that students are allowed to evaluate not only cause and effect but also can compare and contrast the reactions of the different characters features. Overall, I found this traditional tale to be both fun to read and filled with lessons that students could learn from.
C. Specific Example: One of the best pieces of this book is the author’s use of repetition and rhyme when adding the various elements to the old woman’s attempt to get the pig over the wall. Beginning with the dog and ending with a handful of hay the old woman implores a variety of characters in her attempts to get her new pig over the wall, for example, on page 20 the woman asks the cat: “Cat, cat, chase the rat. Rat won’t gnaw Rope. Rope won’t lasso Rider. Rider won’t spur horse. Horse won’t drink Water. Water won’t quench Fire. Fire won’t burn Stick. Stick won’t poke Dog. Dog won’t nip Pig. Piggy won’t go over stile.” Once the cat finally complies after a saucer of milk the entire chain reaction begins to unfold in order to get the pig over the wall. This elaborate example shows how the author uses repetition, alliteration and rhyme to highlight the fun of this book!

4. Curriculum Connection: The most amazing element of most traditional literature tales is their ability to connect to a variety of curriculum elements. For this book specifically a teacher could absolutely use the text to highlight cause and effect, chain reactions, as well as comparing and contrasting various elements. Students should have an opportunity to evaluate the text and use the different elements to discuss how one’s decisions impact other people or objects as well as delve further into understanding chain reactions once one element is activated. Overall, this book has a number of connections that can be made throughout the curriculum.
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The Old Woman and her Pig

The Old Woman and Her Pig: An Old English Tale

HarperCollins, [32p] Library ed. He was scared of the water. He was scared of the height. He just stood there and squealed. MacDonald's knack for toddler-friendly patterning and dialogue is evident in this simply told tale of troubleshooting [End Page ] in the face of necessity. The adapter's note describes the story's source and identifies the elements of the tale she's added, including the helpful cat and the "jogging song" the old woman sings as she heads to town.

Being told stories and being read to leads children to develop the rich storehouse of language, grammar and vocabulary they need to bring to texts when learning to read and write. Try our multilingual stories below or send us your own stories to share with others. One day an old woman was sweeping her home when she found some money that she had forgotten about. She was so happy that she danced around singing. I know!


Post a Comment. ISBN An old woman buys a pig and has to figure out a way to muster up some help to get the pig over a stile so she can get home. It was adapted by Mr. Kimmel to provide a less violent alternative to the original story.

An old woman was sweeping her house, and she found a little crooked sixpence. I will go to market, and buy a little pig. She went a little further, and she met a dog. She went a little further, and she met a stick. She went a little further, and she met a fire. She went a little further, and she met some water. She went a little further, and she met an ox.

This blog is being created as an assignment for a university children's literature class. Post a Comment. By Giora Carmi. New York:Holiday House. ISBN 2. These instances are replaced by lassoing of a cowboy and spurring of a horse.


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    A traditional English cumulative tale springs merrily to life in this retelling by the illustrator of Left & Right and The Biggest Birthday Cake in the World. An old.

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