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Dumpy La Rue

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  28 reviews
"He's a porker with passion,
a dancing fool, a pig with rhythm-
this breaks every rule,"
said the normally reticent mule.

Now in paperback, Dumpy La Rue, a story of a pig who knew what he wanted to do.

Elizabeth Winthrop's romping, rhyming story and Betsy Lewin's exuberant illustrations will have readers tapping their toes, jumping for joy, and dancing a jig with this passiona
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Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2001)
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Madison
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: This is a fun story to ready about a pig who follows it's dreams regardless of what others around him have to say! It rhymes and is an easy read with rhythm. Most importantly, I think that this book is so great because it shares the message in a fun way. It almost is sneaky in how it shares its message since its so lyrical and fun!

Purposes: This story would be useful to encourage the students they can do something if they want it! It shows that they don't have the follow the s
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Katrina
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Kids 4-8
Shelves: picture-books
This is a spry story starring a piglet determined to dance. Though his parents insist that "Pigs don't dance./ They grunt, they grovel,/ they snuffle for truffles," Dumpy La Rue kicks up his hooves in front of an audience of barnyard animals. When the sheep announce that they, too, want to dance, Dumpy offers some advice to his pals: "If you want to dance,/ if you want to glide,/ just close your eyes/ and listen inside." Artist Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo) portrays the closed-eyed assemblage of cri ...more
Olivia Lavelle
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book Dumpy La Rue by Elizabeth Winthrop was a great book to read. I really enjoyed this fantasy book because it had a clear message that stood out to me. Well first this book was about a big named Dumpy who had a passion for dancing and it later becomes contagious. Dumpy tells his parents and sister about his passion for dancing and they all disagree and tell him the reasons why he is unable to like dance. "You're a pig and pigs don't dance! Boys don't dance they fight, march, play sports, ...more
Kathryn Hogan
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute story about a pig who wanted to dance. Everyone told him that he was not supposed to dance and his family did not support it; they were embarised about his dancing passion. Dumpy did not care he wanted to do what he loved; he wanted to dance! So, Dumpy danced! This book has lots of rhyming and proves that if you believe in yourself you can accomplish anything, and everyone will follow along and support what you do. Even if they don't it does not matter! All that matters is i ...more
Ariel Cummins
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Dumpy La Rue isn't supposed to want to dance for lots of reasons -- he's a pig, he's a boy, he's supposed to be busy wallowing... but all he wants to do is dance! And despite his family's objections, he has to follow his dream. Once he embraces it, all the other barnyard animals realize they want to dance, too.

Bold lines with lots of movement and bright watercolors make this text very vivid.

Lots of rhyming text, a strong theme, and a definitely story arc would make this a great read aloud.
Vanessa Easley
This book is about believing in yourself and not caring what others think. It really is a great lesson for kids to learn and made me smile a lot. It's so silly but has a lot of really great points to it. I love the concept of using a pig for the main character who wanted to dance because pigs are associated with filth and being gross but this makes him into a star. I just think its a great read for kids that can give them hope to be who they want to be!
Christy
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
"He's a porker with passion,
a dancing fool, a pig with rhythm-
this breaks every rule,"
said the normally reticent mule.

Now in paperback, Dumpy La Rue, a story of a pig who knew what he wanted to do.

Elizabeth Winthrop's romping, rhyming story and Betsy Lewin's exuberant illustrations will have readers tapping their toes, jumping for joy, and dancing a jig with this passiona...more
Janet
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a hoot about a dancing pig who stirs all the other animals of the barnyard to dance as well as his pig family who were at first embarassed by his dancing dreams. Loved the lines of "he's a porker with passion" and "just close your eyes and listen inside" words for everyone who wants to follow their passion/dreams.
Megan Dorcas
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book teaches kids to be their own person. When everybody was telling Dumpy La Rue that he couldn't dance, he stuck to what he was passionate about and ended up because famous among his friends for it. By the end of the book, every animal is dancing and couldn't be happier. They all owe it to Dumpy La Rue, the pig who they were originally putting down for him being himself.
Christina
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb-favorites
This would make a great read aloud! Not only is it a story told in rhyme, but it also contains rich language to enhance vocabulary. Many different types of dances are also mentioned, which could spur on a unit about music!
Ashlyn Barker
Funny book with a lot of rhyming! The star of the show is about a pig who knew what he wanted to do...even if others discouraged him. This would be a cute read aloud for intermediate grades; it would provide ample opportunity to learn new vocabulary as well.
Lisa
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book could help students realize to never give up on their dream no matter what others say. The book is a fun going book for students to read with a partner and they could discuss what they want to do that seems odd to others!
oplkids
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dumpy, a young pig who wants to dance, runs up against his family, who think pigs just should not dance. But soon, all the animals are dancing, including his mother, his father, and his sister. This story is told in rhyme.
Bree
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: priya-s-books
Maybe I'm cheesy, but I really loved reading this book with my daughter. Really cute - I just loved it
Ky
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cute, cute, cute! Dumpy La Rue just wants to dance and her mother and father are worried she will not be a proper pig. Funny book with determination. Award for illustrations.
Rachel
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great pictures and fun text about a dancing pig. The moral of the story - never be afraid of what others think, do what makes you happy.
Brandi
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A cute rhyming picture book about following your own path no matter what the naysayers say, in this case a pig who wants to dance. The illustrations are full of movement and heart. A lovely book.
Angie
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Great message, but not great illustrations.
Debbie
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A story in rhyme, of a little pig who wants to dance.
Naomi
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Great lesson for kids to learn to follow their inner voice and not be afraid what others think or say.
Emily Augustus --Louisville KY
This was a cute book. My students would like the illustrations. It would be good to talk about farm animals, as well as rhyming words. It also would introduce good vocabulary words.
Erin Banet
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a cute book! It's a great book to show that you should just be yourself!
Abby Fischer
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Keeps the reader engaged at all times because of the rhyming pattern. The message is good for elementary aged students; you can do anything you set your mind too!
Seth Kaplan
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite kids book!
Ashley Travers
Portrays to children that you can do anything you set your mind to.
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ELIZABETH WINTHROP is the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages.

Her most recent picture book, LUCY AND HENRY ARE TWINS, a picture book for toddlers with illustrations by Jane Massey, was published by Two Lions in 2015. Publishers Weekly called MAIA AND THE MONSTER BABY, published by Holiday House, a story of "two winning female characters with a message about friendship and girl power
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