Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by Mo Willems

Paperback, 2015



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Scholastic, Inc (2015)


Elephant and Piggie learn to play catch with their new friend Snake.

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LibraryThing member conuly
Elephant and Piggie is one of THE best early-reader series out there.

It's simple. The pictures are helpful, but not TOO helpful. Most importantly - it's not boring! The books are short, containing few words, but the repetition is FUNNY and not too intrusive. ("You do not have arms." "I DO NOT HAVE
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ARMS?!?!?") It's got to be HARD to write funny books for kids this young. Honestly, I don't think I could do it! And to write one that the kid will want to read over and over again - well! I don't know how Mo Willems does it, frankly.

My favorite part of this book? Hm. Has to be either Snake's (pretend) freakout upon being told that he has no arms OR Piggie's idea, after Snake fails to catch the ball several times, that maaaaaybe what they really need is MORE BALLS! (This works exactly as well as you'd expect.)

Please - check out a copy of this, and other Elephant and Piggie books at your local library. Your resident early reader will thank you for it later :)
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LibraryThing member shookrl
Elephant and Pig start a game of catch but aren’t sure what to do when snake, who has no arms, wants to play too. This beginning reader uses color and speech bubbles to delineate between characters and the copious amounts of white-space will help the learning reader follow the flow of the story.
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Using commonly known sight words also lends itself to the beginning reader. The illustrations help show the emotions of the characters as elephant, pig and snake problem solve so everyone can play together. The illustrations also help the reader understand elements of storytelling - such as showing a bright light bulb to show that a character has an idea. If you enjoyed Mo Willems pigeon books or previous elephant and pig books, you will enjoy this.
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LibraryThing member adh016
In this book Elephant and Piggie decide to go play catch. Another character comes along named Snake, and although they are not sure if a "snake can play catch", they accept him as a new friend of theirs. This book teaches about acceptance and being open to making new friends. This book is very easy
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to read and includes pictures that tell the story to the tee. It would be good for very young children, to teach them about playing nicely with others in and out of the classroom.
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LibraryThing member Jpeshke
"Can I play too?" is a great story of two friends accepting another friend into their group. This story of acceptance and friendship is wonderful for all readers but the writing is great for early readers. The dialogue is simple and in the fun to read format of speech bubbles. a really great,
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interactive read!
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LibraryThing member sarah-prebble
Piggie and Gerald decide that they are going to play catch and their new friend snake wants to join them. However there is one little problem, snake does not have any arms. After trying to play catch all three of them have to get creative so that everyone can have fun.

I thought this book was very
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entertaining. I also love the action in the illustrations they bring the story to life. I think that children will enjoy the fun that this book has to offer them.

This book could be used in the classroom to discuss diversity and what makes each of them unique. Also, this book could be used as an example of how, if you think really hard, you can overcome obstacles.
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LibraryThing member kristenpittenger
Hahahaha. I thought this book was pretty funny. I will admit it, I laughed out loud. Story line is simple, yet great for young readers. Characters are priceless! I will definitely be looking for more Elephant and Piggie books to add to my kindergarten classroom.
LibraryThing member scmunoz
This is an interesting children's book--I like that it addresses a physical characteristic of another animal. On a larger sense, this lesson can pertain to real life. often times children come into contact with other children who are different, and may not have the same capabilities as others.
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Obviously, children cannot being throwing other children around. This story also helps show children that making new friends can be as easy as playing a game together.
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LibraryThing member missbrandysue
One of the funniest Elephant and Piggie books, most definitely! Elephant and Piggie are going to play catch until Snake comes up and wants to play. So Elephant keeps throwing him the ball and it keeps hitting him and making him dizzy. The illustrations are HILARIOUS!
LibraryThing member marissakb
Elephant and Piggie and great books for young readers. They are humorous and the story is not very complex, but still often the unexpected happens. This story is humorous because the snake has no arms to catch with! The simple word structure makes it a fast read great for new readers.
LibraryThing member AlisonsBookMarks
I am always delighted to introduce Mo Willems to a new parent!

In Can I Play Too? Elephant and Piggie set off to play catch, when a new friend comes along...snake. But, can snake play catch? The seemingly simple illustrations beautifully capture Elephant and Piggie's concern over snake's feelings,
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and their determination in including him in their fun. After all, they don't want ANYONE to feel left out!

Not only is this a fun book to read aloud, but my son is at an age where he pretty much has this one memorized after only a few readings and asks me to read it over and over again. This truly is one of the best of the best picture books! You can never go wrong with Mo Willems!

We love Mo Willems in our house, and I'm always amazed when I meet parents who haven't yet discovered his books. If you haven't read Mo Willems to your little ones yet, go forth and introduce your family to Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and the rest of the gang - you won't be disappointed!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting, albeit briefly, Mo Willems at The Book Expo (BEA). He was signing a few of his newer books, including Can I Play Too? He was kind and gracious, even with hundreds of people on line. He personalized a book to my younger son, who is an even bigger fan of Willems's work than my older son was at his age. What a special keepsake to have in our library - many thanks to Mo Willems and Hyperion!
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LibraryThing member bblender
This excellent Elephant and Piggie book would be extremely useful to use to teach children to accept all students at all times. The elephant and piggie want to play catch together when they hear a voice asking whether they could join them. This new character is a snake. Immediately the elephant and
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piggie are uncomfortable because they do not know how to tell the snake that he does not have any arms, therefore he cannot play catch. However, the snake says that he wants to give it a try, so elephant and piggie allow him to play. When it doesn't work, the snake wants to quit, but piggie wants to come up with a way for their new friend to be included. Piggie comes up with a great idea that allows them all to enjoy playing catch together, and shows children how important it is to include everyone, regardless of whether or not they are different than you, and also that it is important to be open to having new friends.
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LibraryThing member ashoemak
What do you do when a snake wants to play catch? This story deals with differences and shows the reader: we can still be friends even if we are different. An excellent addition to any young childhood classroom.
LibraryThing member cseiger
This adorable book is a great way to teach children to be inclusive. Elephant and Piggie are playing catch when their friend snake asks to join. They initially struggle to find a way to include snake because he has no arms, but eventually find a way. This would be a great book to have on hand in
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the classroom. I would consider reading it at the beginning of every year and having a discussion with students about not excluding children.
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LibraryThing member Mirandalg14
I thought this was the best one yet! Definitely a must-read for Mo Willems fans.
LibraryThing member pussreboots
In Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems, Gerald and Piggie make a new friend who wants to play with them. They want to play ball. The problem, though, is that their new friend is a snake.

Snake ends up enduring the brunt of this book's slap stick comedy. There's a lot of physical humor which will either
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make you and your children giggle, or it won't. There's not much else keeping it going beyond the physicality.

I've read negative reviews of the book because of the humor directed at Snake who is physically in capable of playing ball. I have to admit I didn't see that potential reaction when my children read the book to me. We were too drawn up in the Warner Bros, Tex Avery, style violent humor.

I think though, that this book can be used in a positive way. After reading the book, discuss with the child (or class) better ways that Gerald and Piggie could have approached Snake's request to play with them. What are some games Snake could play with them that didn't involve either being hit in the head with a ball or actually being thrown instead of the ball?
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LibraryThing member melodyreads
how do you play catch with a snake? :-)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Oh my goodness. Anyone who was ever a child has got to appreciate Elephant and Piggie. Look at the facial expressions and body language, especially on the pp 16-22.
LibraryThing member lissabeth21
We laughed a lot at this one... including everyone is not always what you think it will be, but it is always possible.
LibraryThing member Tessa.Johnson
This is a very cute Elephant and Piggie book that address inclusion and making your friends feel welcome.
LibraryThing member airdnaxela
Another book that could stimulate self reflection, through the way the acquaintances persevere through their problem of trying to include everyone in their game. The main characters are optimistic to change and open to meeting and sharing with new characters.


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