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*Playful Pigs from A to Z* by Anita Lobel
 
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Playful Pigs from A to Z
by Anita Lobel
Ages 3-6 40 pages Knopf July 2015 Hardcover    

When 26 little pigs leave their pen in the countryside, they happen upon on all the letters of the alphabet standing upright in a field of flowers.

As the pigs interact with a letter, they suddenly transform. Each pig is given a first name to match the letter they are with, and they perform an action that begins with that same letter: Billy Pig balanced on a B.

Billy can be seen wearing a black acrobat outfit, and heís standing on the capital B (which is not blue). Below his feet are bluebells.

Clara Pig cleans a letter C while wearing clear shoes. She has a collar on her charcoal grey dress, and a carrot can be seen in the grass.

There are no labels in the illustrations, but each full-page illustration is framed by the alphabet. The capital letters are on the top of the frame; the small letters are on the bottom.

The letters give the pigs a unique personality, but itís only temporary. When the pigs head back home to the farm, they are excited that they have learned all the letters of the alphabet, but they transform back into the same identical looking little pink pigs once again.

My favorite gouache and watercolor illustration is on the last page: the pigs sleep with their big round bums stuck up in the air. It mirrors the full moon that can be seen in the sky above them.
 


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