Happy Pig Day! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by Mo Willems

Other authorsMo Willems (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2011



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Hyperion Books for Children (2011), Edition: Illustrated, 64 pages


Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year, but Gerald the elephant is sad, thinking that he cannot join the fun.

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LibraryThing member kayceel
Though cute, this Elephant and Piggie book in which Gerald feels left out of the pig day celebrations because he isn't a pig doesn't match up to some of the other fantastic titles. However, it would be good for teaching about inclusion/feeling left out, etc.
LibraryThing member hmischke
I would read this book to my class as a part of a general curriculum but especially if my class was having issues with cliques or students getting along with each other. So that hopefully within discussing the book the students would be able to recognize some of the issues that were present in the
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class already.
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LibraryThing member cassielanzas
Piggie is very happy to celebrate Happy Pig Day. Gerald is sad because he thinks he cannot participate- he is an elephant not a pig. Then, Gerald discovers that Happy Pig Day is for "Anyone who loves Pigs!" Gerald is happy to celebrate with piggy and exclaim, "Oinky, Oinky, Oink!" (Happy Pig Day in
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This is a cute book by Mo Williams. This would be an excellent book to use in an early childhood education setting as a read around during a unit on emotions, friendship, and culture. Celebrating traditions with cultures that are different than ours should be welcome.

I loved this book. It is sweet, engaging, and models good behavior without being preachy. I love how Gerald and Piggie always manage to solve their problems using words.
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LibraryThing member alyson
Pig Day should be a national holiday!
LibraryThing member EmNakanishi
Piggie is so excited to celebrate Pig Day. His best friend, Gerald, is an elephant, and thinks he can't celebrate Pig Day because he's not a pig.

Fun and cute, something I would recommend for early childhood as well as an early reader book. The illustrations are adorable, and the way every line is
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dialogue is something very unique, almost like an early childhood comic book. Sweet and interesting, though not as engaging as other Elephant and Piggie books. Still, the moral of inclusion is a good one, and this is an interesting way to learn it!
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LibraryThing member hcurrey
Elephant and Piggie teach us about inclusion and celebration.
LibraryThing member ashoemak
An Elephant and Pig book that shows you can still be friends despite your differences. These stories are very engaging.
LibraryThing member Ms.Kunz
In very simple language and simple yet very emotionally expressive drawings, Willems rejoices in self-love (i.e. piggie love) and friendship. This book is a delightful way to introduce how fun it is to celebrate oneself—and also to make sure that others are not excluded from that celebration.
LibraryThing member Kristinewaind
Happy Pig Day! is a great read for beginning readers as the vocabulary is perfect for readers who are just learning. The book is about a elephant who is upset he is not a pig on pig day and wishes he could be a pig. The pig tells the elephant that he can be a part of big day regardless of his
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species. This book is a great book about inclusion and acceptance. The text bubbles are color coded for easy reading. The writing is one that not only can be read alone by a child but is fun to read as well. Through simple vocabulary a very complex lesson on inclusion is shown which is hard to do with limited vocabulary but Mo Willems does a great job.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I'm a bit surprised Gerald was slow to catch on, but that's ok, sometimes we all feel a little left out, even defensive. And besides, w/out his confusion, we'd not have had the big reveal. Of course, now I want to celebrate Pig Day! If I had kids, we'd definitely find a blank spot on the calendar
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and add that on.
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LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
Yeah, this is the madcap energy I want from Elephant and Piggie! It's a pig party, woo, we're almost in Go, Dog, Go territory here (always a good thing).
LibraryThing member melodyreads
fun, A level reader


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