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The Old Woman and Her Pig

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
She encounters most unusual problems in getting home.
Hardcover, 46 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Holiday House (first published September 1992)
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Samantha Penrose
Mar 14, 2008 Samantha Penrose rated it liked it
Shelves: folklore
The story is quite odd, I'll have to dig up the original version as the author calls this a "lighter alternative" to the original "bloodthirsty" tale....
The Illustrations were AWESOME! Each and every background is filled with personified inanimate objects who are staring intently at the characters in the story. Vegetables, bricks, trees and flowers. Rocks and leaves, clouds and haystacks are all watching with a great intensity as the events unfold.
Nicole Lamb
Oct 10, 2012 Nicole Lamb rated it liked it
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
In this old British folk tale, an old woman's new pig won't go over the stile, so she asks a dog to nip at him. The dog refuses, so she asks a stick to poke the dog so he'll nip the pig. The stick refuses, and the story goes on in this fashion until finally the woman manages to get her pig over the stile and home for the night.

Each of the characters the old woman speaks to replies with a "no" in the text and also in the illustrations--the dog's body and tail spell out "NO", the fire's flames an
Feb 21, 2014 Abigail rated it liked it
One day an old woman finds a lucky penny as she is cleaning her house. She decides to take that penny and go to the market to buy a pig. She then encounters a series of trials that make it difficult for her to get home. The storyline of the book itself was not my favorite but I can see how young readers would enjoy the repetition in the similarities of events. The illustrations topped the text by far. Each page had a certain code hidden in the illustrations. It even took me a second to figure th ...more
The illustrations are such fun! Watch for the faces!

A similar tale, featuring a rooster, is Bossy Gallito/El Gallo De Bodas

I have mixed feelings about this folktale. In a sense, this particular folktale puts a positive spin on bullying by having a friend in a high place force many others to do as she wants. Real life, true, but isn't a behavior I want to encourage.
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WRONG BOOK!! Please ignore! :)
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The noes (nos?) hiding in the background are great fun.
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Traditional-- Folk Tale, Cumulative Tale
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Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn’t want to go there. He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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