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The Dancing Pig

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Who says pigs don’t dance? They do if they’re determined to foil the plans of an evil witch who wants to cook two little girls and eat them for dinner. Bestselling author Judy Sierra turns this Balinese Hansel and Gretel story into a boisterous adventure complete with a graceful dancing pig, an ingenious talking mouse, a melodious frog band--and a frightful witch who gets ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 2nd 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jan 11, 2015 Doria rated it it was amazing
Yet another fabulous offering by Judy Sierra. I can't say enough good things about Sierra's books, including this one. I especially love her notes at the beginning, where she explains the cultural context of this particular folktale, including a pronunciation guide for the Balinese words that she uses. And of course, she cites her sources! The book itself is beautifully illustrated, terrific use of color and design, particularly the Rangsasa. This would be a great book to read aloud to a slightl ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
Judy Sierra’s The Dancing Pig is a folktale from Bali in which twin sisters Klodan and Klonching are left at home alone while their mother goes into town. An evil witch called Rangsasa plots to catch the two girls and stew them up for dinner, so the mother has left careful instructions that they are to answer the door for no one but her. With use of a magic potion, the Rangsasa is able to make her voice sound exactly like the mother’s and the twins are carried away and locked in a trunk to await ...more
Mary Borgese
Oct 29, 2013 Mary Borgese rated it liked it
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The Dancing Pig by Judy Sierra is a creative, cultural spin on the classic short tale, Hansel and Gretel. With Indonesian culture at the heart of the story, Sierra writes about a mother and her two twin daughters (Klodan and Klonching)who are captured by an Ogress while their mother was out at the market. The girls are saved by the pig who dances the traditional dance as a distraction to get Ragsasa (the ogress) out of the house so the girls could escape.
Although the storyline is a great one, I
Jan 25, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
This book has the potential to make future arsonists - beware! Ok, that's a little over dramatic. I still wouldn't read it around younger ones because I'd hate to be blamed for any crimes my students commit in the future. Maybe I'm being a baby, a paranoid teacher, but it seemed like they were unsure how to end the book. Or maybe I've been so sensitized I am horrified that the main characters burn down the villain's house and are not reprimanded for it. The Dancing Pig is an interesting story wi ...more
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Sep 11, 2012 Jacqueline Erickson rated it really liked it
This book is about two girls who gets lured into a house and a dancing pig saves them. This book is another one I loved, it is like Hansel and Gretel, a classic book that teaches a lesson. It is entertaining with its illustrations and a great book for children in elementary school!
Oct 11, 2012 Lea rated it it was amazing
My almost 5 year old really is really enjoying this book in which animals that two young Balinese girls have been feeding use music and dance to save them from an ogress who tricked them into opening the door when their mother was away from home.
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Jul 03, 2012 Thomas Andrikus rated it liked it
A Balinese tale I never even heard of until I picked up this book. The story is not so bad, but sounds a tad too similar too The Red Riding Hood
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I took the long-cut to being an author. Out of college I did temporary work in offices and libraries, while at night, I wrote poetry and made strange life forms from cloth. When I teamed up with a puppeteer, Bob Kaminski (my husband), I was able to bring my cloth creations to life. We began performing on the streets of San Francisco, at Renaissance fairs, and at schools. After attending a workshop ...more
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