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How Big Is a Pig? (A Barefoot Board Book) [Illustrated] [Board book]

Stella Blackstone , Clare Beaton
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15 Aug 2002 A Barefoot Board Book
How big is a pig? To find out, follow in the footsteps of a cheerful piglet as he takes you on a trail around the farmyard. You will meet animals, birds, and insects of all shapes and sizes, until at last you come to a big surprise in the pigsty. With a clever, repetitive text, How Big is a Pig? offers a gentle and humorous way of introducing pre-school children to all kinds of opposites.

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  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd; New Ed edition (15 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841489581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841489582
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 15.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For Beaton, it really is a material world: she whips up bold, bright tableaux out of meticulously sewn felt... and embellishes the fuzzy fabric with judicious use of beads and sequins. Here, a smiling pink piggy coaxes the audiences through a rhyming series about different kinds of opposites, ending each vignette with the title question. The answer is revealed in the final spread, when the pig happily reunites with a sow whose girth spills off the pages: 'This pig is my mom and she's the biggest of all!' It's a sassy, unexpected wrap-up; Beaton will have her audience's attention all sewn up.' --Publishers Weekly

'Lovely illustrations with a gentle story in rhyme suitable for the very young.' --Irish Post

About the Author

On good days, Stella Blackstone lives east of the sun and west of the moon. On less good days, she lives at the bottom of a well. She finds ideas in all of these places and turns them into songs, poems and rhymes. She has read and written poetry for as long as she can remember, and her favourite books include Louis Untermeyer?s A Child's Treasury of Poetry, which was a constant companion throughout her childhood, Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist, everything by T.S. Eliot, and William Buck's translation of The Ramayana. She lives in southwest England, and enjoys walking and working in her garden as well as doing nothing whenever she has the chance. Clare Beaton worked at the BBC for eight years, illustrating on many children's television programmes. She is now highly sought-after creator of handcrafted children's picture books. Clare has had nearly fifty books published, including One Moose, Twenty Mice (Barefoot Books, 1998) and Mother Goose Remembers (Barefoot Books, 2000), both of which have attracted considerable praise.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 5 year old still loves this book! 25 Mar 2010
Format:Board book
This has been a real favourite with my kids from about the age of 18 months. It has lovely rhymes, it asks the children questions, and it helps develops knowledge of opposites.

A beautifully made and illustrated book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 28 Nov 2012
By RootieB
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Pretty pictures and a nice story. Bought this after seeing my nephews copy- it's just a good book with oodles to talk about in the illustrations
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 30 April 2011
By mummy74
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We first got this book from the libray and after renewing it 4 times realised we needed a copy of our own!!! The pictures are lovely and my 18 mth old loves to read it again and again doing all his own animal impressions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it! 10 Jun 2009
this is a great book, i also have how loud is a lion? my son (17 months) loves both and has done for a while - think i know them off by heart!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, colorful book 21 Dec 2001
By S. A. Farley - Published on
This is beautifully illustrated with felt, thread and beads. The pictures are simple, brightly colored and just so cute! The story is a rhyming one and easy to read, easy for the child to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - the best I've found 20 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on
This book is great to read, to look at, and to recite. Just a superb children's book - the best I've found. Our one-year-old loves it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cute as a button!!! 9 Mar 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This book is so fantastic! Not only does it teach farm animals and opposites but you can count flowers or bugs, learn colors, tell stories about what the animals are doing, and so much more. My two-year-old *loves* this book and always laughs when we get to the end. I love the cute pictures (the illustrator uses felt cutouts instead of drawings) and how much fun we have following the pig around. You won't be sorry if you buy it--it's a great book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, imaginative board book 21 July 2010
By BostonMama - Published on
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This unique board book features vibrant colors and imaginative, creative scenes made from felt and beads that come to life on the page. It's simply adorable to look at, and brings you back memories early elementary school-- the felt boards with animals or holiday items on them. It's a rhyming book that actually rhymes and has a nice, easy-to-read cadence, which is more than I can say for a LOT of children's books out there that are written by people who either cannot write and/or have never read their own books aloud to children. It's a pleasure to read books that flow and rhyme to my daughter, and this one does.

I give it four stars instead of five for two reasons: First, the pictures are a bit backwards from the words on a few pages. For example, the book will read, "Some dogs are quick, some dogs are slow"-- but the pictures show the slow dog on the left, and the quick dog on the right. It would make more sense in the reverse. I have to point out the quick dog on the right hand page and then go back over the left hand page to show the slow dog when reading to my daughter. No biggie, but a minor editorial thing that someone perhaps should have thought about up front, given that it is a book to be read aloud to small children. Second, despite the beauty of these pages, this book doesn't captivate my 13 month old quite as much as some of her other farm books or other board books. It's not a "favorite." But, she does sit quietly through it, which is a big plus sign. (If my daughter gets bored, I can't give a children's book more than a 3 star rating!) This book was gifted to her and, while I wouldn't put it in the "huge hit" category, it's a solid bedtime reading book that she does like.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, but not big like a pig. 27 Jan 2012
By james castle - Published on
Fantastic book. I find that many children, especially once they reach Junior High are confronted with questions of just how big pigs are. And not only pigs but other things that are not pigs but in reference to a pig. Like, maybe someone might talk/rap about their head; pointing out that it is big but not or maybe just as big as a pig. Obviously that makes no sense unless you actually know how big a pig is. Teach kids early. Again, fantastic book.
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