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Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  420 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Meet Mr. Pig, Mrs. Pig, and the piglets. Here's a family that must add, subtract, multiply, and divide, and think about the way money works in order to satisfy their big pig appetites. Join the fun! Come pig out on math and money concepts with the Pigs!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Mar 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book was a personal favorite when I was young!!! It was great running across it again and utilizing it now as a teacher! The book does a great job of reeling its readers in with the colorful and humorous characters as well as the plot. I can relate to rummaging through the most RANDOM places in search of some money all for one purpose: FOOD! As a read aloud, students can keep count with the pigs as they gather money page by page. I really appreciate the menu layout in the book which serves ...more
May 11, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
It is fun to watch the pig family run around the house in search of money so they can go out to dinner. It is also nice to utilize our money counting skills for those who are just learning how to do that. For me, that's where the fun ends. I guess I'm glad that this family is call Pigs and that's exactly what they are because they eat everything in the refrigerator only to discover there's nothing left just after Mom Pig has gone shopping. Now they have to raid the house to find money so they ca ...more
Aryana Ahmad
1. Personal Reaction: I think this book was really good and interesting to use in a classroom. It will be very beneficial to teach students about math and how to count money. In the end it shows exactly how much money they found and adds it up for children to see. I thought this book was a good book and I think that it would be a good book to use in a classroom.
2. Purpose/Use in the Classroom: The genre of this book is nonfiction but fiction in a way. For example, the pigs talking is obviously t
Haley Hardwick
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this book. Although I hate math, this book represented the idea of decimals and money to the reader in a fun and creative manner. It was entertaining and fun way to introduce addition of decimals, money, and problem solving

Purpose/Use in the Classroom: This book would be used for 3rd and 4th graders to help them understand the idea of money, addition, and problem solving. This book could be used in a lesson on Math, and a fun activity would be to have each st
Kandice Buck
Oct 06, 2015 Kandice Buck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
This is a great book to read to children when teaching about math and money. It is about a family of pigs who are very hungry but do not have anymore food in the house to eat. They decide to go to a restaurant for dinner but the pigs did not have any money. They decide to look for as much money as they can around the house. They look all over the house. They look in their rooms, in the couches, in their beds, and anywhere else they can think of. When they come together they count how much money ...more
Courtney Gayle
This book is about a house of pigs that run out of money for food. In search for money for food they turn the house upside down. Like Pigs the house quickly becomes a mess. This book would be great to use inside the classroom as you teach the students about responsibility but also as you teach the students how to count money in a math lesson. This book has a nice chart at the end to display for the students as you talk about money and add up how much the pigs found throughout the book. Realistic ...more
Samantha Hagler
Jan 30, 2013 Samantha Hagler rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Wonderful book to use as a math unit! This is a colorful and humorous story about a family of pigs who are very hungry, but have no money! In their attempt to find money to be able to go out to eat, they begin searching all over the house and pick up loose change here and there. After finding enough money, they are able to go to a restaurant for dinner. I love how the author includes the full menu in the book. Most young elementary school students are familiar with menus, but do not necessarily ...more
Kristanne Duncan
Pigs Will Be Pigs is a cute story about a family of pigs who go rummaging through their house in order to find enough money to go out to dinner. I enjoyed this story because how many of us haven't done something similar?! Looking through our purses and pockets, and under couch cushions. I liked that once the Pigs make it to their favorite restaurant we are provided with a full page illustration of a menu. This adds a little bit of real life experiences for students. The pictures are colorful and ...more
Whitney Bailey
This book can be read during math lessons to introduce ways to add and subtract and also involves the use of money.

Great book for actually teaching students methods because it is not just a read a loud, it is intended to teach students about actual ways of solving.

Teaches could use this to teach students the concept of "main idea". They could use this book and compile different types of addition and subtraction problems. The students could pull out the problems and have the story read aloud to
Ashlee Curtis
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This is more of a fun book that has a more non realistic but fun vibe to it about pigs and how they are. Overall a fun read for maybe a second grade class.
Sep 29, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
We set out money to match what they found then we counted the money then completed a bar graph to demonstrate what money we has laying out.
Garrett Ellis
Oct 07, 2014 Garrett Ellis rated it really liked it
This book could be a great read to use along side a math lesson! The students could count the money during the story as the pigs find it!
Leiera Monae
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Brittany Balunas
This book is good for introducing the concept of money. I would use this book to initiate a lesson that may last weeks to expand. I would have an activity where I would give students a certain amount of money and let them spend it by shopping from a teacher created list of food items. I would then have follow up questions such as "How much money, if any do you have left over?" and "after you bought your first item how much money did you have left to spend?" In this way the book can also be used ...more
Kelsey Yates
Cute math story following a family of pigs hunting through their house for money.
Kaylee Bostick
A pig family ran out of food and did not have any money to go to the grocery store. The whole family went on a hunt to find money for food. They found money and went out to eat instead of going grocery shopping. I might use this in a classroom to integrate math practices because of the equations involved.
Christian Houseworth
Feb 21, 2013 Christian Houseworth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
This is a wonderful book to help integrate literature and math together. This is an excellent book to use to help students make sense of money. I think that this books great way to help students learn the value of money and how to calculate money, but also it teaches students life skills. With this book, a teacher could create their own class restaurant as an extension to this book. I actually used this book with my second graders and they absolutely loved it! There are Word problems at the end ...more
Megan Willis
money, counting and adding money, restaurant menu with prices in book
Amber Lewis
Apr 13, 2013 Amber Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-books
Pigs Will Be Pigs is such a great book to use with students when teaching a math lesson on money. It is about a family of pigs who must search their entire house for enough money so that everyone will be able to go out to eat for dinner. Once the family found enough money, they were able to go the restaurant and have a meal together. As the pigs go from room to room searching for any loose change, students can add up the various coins and bills to practice calculating money. This book was great ...more
Lynette Wells
Apr 25, 2011 Lynette Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute picture book to teach children math concepts. The pigs have human like characteristics. Also they go on a scavenger hunt to find money. The cool part of this book is it shows the money in a picture as well as spells it out in words. This book can be used for ELL students as well as students who are first learning how to put words with pictures. The illustrator used very bright colors. The font on the pages are very small. The pictures over power the text. I like that concept because it ma ...more
Jasmin Garcia
Apr 08, 2013 Jasmin Garcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
"Pigs Will be Pigs" is the first installment in the "Pigs Will be Pigs" books. It's a great book to teach students about money and how it could be found anywhere! The pigs set out on a money hunt in order to find money to eat out. As the pigs find money, the students can write down the amounts found and at the end can sun up the total individually or as a whole. This book is great for teaching students about addition and problem solving. We can also re-read the book multiple times and ask the st ...more
This is a wonderful math book! You can make the students figure out all the money that the pigs are collecting throughout the story.
Kelly Powell
Great to use as a read aloud dealing with money!
Katie Williams
A family of four very hungry pigs have no food left in the house and no money in their wallets. They wish to go out to eat for dinner, but must find loose change around the house first. As the story is read, students can have their own money manipulatives as each pig finds different counts and bills. They will have to know the names of each coin and their value in order to pick out the right ones and add them up correctly. At the end of the story, the teacher could make up new money math problem ...more
Aaron Alexander
Fun book for students in grades K through two to learn about counting and recognizing money. There're many different activities that you could use along with the story in this book. For example, you could ask your students to go on a money hunt throughout the room just like in the book. You would hide pretend dollar bills and coins in various places throughout the room and ask students to go around and find them. After all the students have found some play money, you would count up your total an ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book would be great to use when teaching 3-5 grade students about money. While keeping you focused and engaged in the books money hunt, you get so excited by the end when they were finally able to find enough so they could go to the restaurant. When teaching your students about money with this book you will also be able to incorporate addition,subtraction, multiplication and division. I bet your students would love it if you allowed them to participate in their own money/number ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
I loved this book! I used this book in my first grade classroom to help students better understand the concept of money. At the point in time that I used this book, they had already been introduced to money, but quite a few were struggling with it. So we reviewed the coins, and then I read them this book. They really enjoyed it. After the reading, I sent the students on a scavenger hunt to find the coins that I had hidden around the room so that they could get enough to buy food from Enchanted E ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Brandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math, ece-3601
This is a silly story about the Pig family who must search their house for money to get enough to go out to eat for dinner. Its silly nature is sure to keep children engaged while they learn about concepts such as counting money and how to use a menu. The book does a good job of showing the importance of money knowledge and how it can be applied in real life. This book could lead into a lesson on money where the kids get to use pretend menus and money and practice their spending skills!
Ashley Williams
Jan 25, 2012 Ashley Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math, ece-3601
I liked this book. It is about pigs that need to go to the grocery store because there is no food in the refrigerator. They search under all kinds of things in the house...the bed, couch, rug, etc. They find money. I would use this in math for students in gradeskidergarten-2nd. If they found 2 nickels under the bed and five pennies and one quarter, how much money do hey have. As more money is found I could have the students add more money to the amount they already have.
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Amy Axelrod is the author of many picture books, including The Pigs Will Be Pigs Math Series (Simon & Schuster).
Her debut novel, Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro (Holiday House 2011) was based on her childhood growing up in the 60's.
"Funny, lively, sensitive- a real winner! (Kirkus)
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