If You Give a Pig a Party

Last updated Monday, October 27, 2008

Author: Laura Numeroff
Illustrator: Felicia Bond
Date of Publication: 2006
ISBN: 0060283262
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2008

Synopsis: If you give a pig a party,she's going to ask for someballoons. When you give her the balloons, she'll want to decorate the house. When she's finished, she'll put on her favorite dress. Then she'll call all her friends -- Mouse, Moose, and more. The little pig from If You Give a Pig a Pancake is back, and this time she wants to throw a great big party! Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have created another winning story for this beloved character in the tradition of the best-selling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. -Amazon Books

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  When is your birthday?
•  Do you do anything special for your birthday?
•  Do you have birthday parties? What is your favorite thing to have at the party?
•  Do you pigs come to your parties? Do they have their own? Suggestion: Picture walk before reading to talk about parties and what the pig is doing.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Where did the pig get the dress? (From the doll under the chair)
•  Have you ever been to the fair?
•  What do you like to do at the fair?
•  Hide & Seek: Have the children find the animals in the picture.
•  Do animals usually wear pajamas?
•  Do animals eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? What do your pets eat?
•  Do you think these animals would all be friends?
•  Have you ever had a pillow fight with your friends?
•  Have you ever made a fort out of blankets and pillows?

Craft ideas:
•  Party hats: Make construction paper into a cone shape. Then, cut out shapes or draw to decorate party hat. Lastly, poke holes onto the bottom sides of the hat and string yarn through it.
•  Pig mask: Use template and trace the pig mask onto a piece of construction paper. On a separate piece of paper, draw the ears and pig snout. Cut all of the pieces out and do not forget to cut holes for the eyes. Then, glue ears and pig snout onto mask. Draw nostrils onto pig snout and draw a mouth onto the pig mask. Cut out a strip of paper to use as a band for the mask.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!