”Pig was a Pug and I’m sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way.”
I’m a sucker for a good dog story, particularly a hilarious one like Pig the Pug by award-winning author / illustrator, Aaron Blabey. With a front cover that creates a lasting impression; a bulgy eyed, flat nosed pug that is so ugly that it’s really quite adorable, you just can’t resist!
In true toddler tantrum-style behaviour, Pig the Pug blatantly refuses to share his food and toys with friendly sausage dog, Trevor. And it is the mere suggestion that really sets Pig off.
”Well, Pig flipped his wig.”
The crazed expression on his face, and the name calling, with toys being tossed in the air… this behaviour would never be condoned, but, I’m sorry to say, it’s so ashamedly funny.
So Pig gathers all his belongings with a huff and a puff, and stands tall on the top of his tower like a spoilt brat, until… he endures an utter misfortune. With a distinguishable reference to the phrase, ‘When pigs can fly’, Pig the Pug cannot and receives his just deserts, which only turns out to be sweet for one… Trevor! With no choice in the matter, Pig is forced to play with his canine friend. And although not totally deserved, we can’t help but feel some compassion towards Pig, but we still sneak in a final little giggle nevertheless.
Pig the Pug is delightfully told in fun, exuberant rhyme, with vivid, amusing illustrations. Aaron Blabey has brilliantly depicted cleverness, humour, a touch of darkness, and a clear lesson in learning to share. A wildly funny read for all ages.
Title: Pig the Pug
Author/Illustrator: Aaron Blabey
Publisher: Scholastic, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 July 2014
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 3 – 10
Type: Picture Book
Also see the review for Creative Kids Tales here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1056057748
Pig the Pug
Available for purchase from Boomerang Books ($13.59 + $6.95 shipping per order)
My Little Question Time!
Why do you think this dog’s name is Pig? What does it mean to be greedy and selfish?
Role play / puppet play a situation where one character does not want to share. How might the other character feel?
Why do you think Pig wants all the toys to himself? What does ‘Pig flipped his wig’ mean? What do you think will happen to Pig on top of the pile?
Why do you think Trevor wanted to play with Pig when he wasn’t being nice? Why was Pig the Pug forced to share with Trevor? What happened to him? Do you think he learned his lesson? Will he share with Trevor when he’s better?
Make a list of Pig’s characteristics. Are any of these ones that you would like to have?
Make a list of Trevor’s characteristics. Would you like to be like him? How?
My Little Learning Time!
– Write about a time when you didn’t want to share something. What was the other person’s response? What were the consequences of not sharing? What did you learn from that experience?
– Write a story with a strong moral. For example, write a story around learning the lesson that greediness ends in unfortunate circumstances.
– Research different kinds of dogs and write a list of characteristics about them. Illustrate.
– Brainstorm different kinds of phrases / idioms. For example, When Pigs Can Fly, or Cat Got Your Tongue. Draw a picture to match the phrase. Collaborate with others to make a book of funny phrases.
Peppa Pig / www.sketchedout.wordpress.com
– Beginners – Finish the sentence: ‘I like to share my…..’, ‘My favourite toy is…..’, ‘I don’t like it when….’
– Letter Study: Pp. P is for Pig, Pug, play, puppy, pile, etc. Brainstorm or walk around the room searching for things that begin with Pp. Write on a sheet of paper.
Make a paper construction of one of the words on the chart. Eg. Paper bag puppy.
Arts / Crafts.
– Choose your favourite part of the book and paint a picture of it, using a mixture of watercolour paints and pencils.
– Bobble Head Pug.
Materials: Egg carton, scissors, pen, brown pencil, glue, white and coloured paper, needle and cotton, straw (cut in half).
1. Cut out three egg cups from the carton.
2. Cut out the paper shapes in proportion; small circles for eyes, paws, feet and tail, two ears and a mouth. Draw nose and mouth on mouth piece, eyeballs on eyes.
3. With needle and cotton, make a knot at the end and pierce through middle of one egg cup.
4. Glue and fit another egg cup inside the threaded one (this forms the body).
5. Make a knot about 3-4cm up the cotton, and pierce needle through the third egg cup.
6. Cut the cotton to the desired length, and tie onto half a straw.
7. Decorate your pug with the paper shapes.
8. Make your pug wobble and jiggle!
– Paper Bag Puppy
– Toilet Roll Dogs
– Felt Dogs
– Concertina Sausage Dog
– Footprint Puppy
– Measurement: Height.
Materials: Metre ruler, 30cm ruler, tape measure, blocks (plastic, wooden), various sized boxes, books, pencils, etc.
Have several work stations with different materials to build and measure the height of a tower.
Eg. Station 1 – Build a tower with boxes, estimate and measure the height with a tape measure. Record.
Station 2 – Build a tower with small blocks, estimate and measure with pencils. Record.
Then children can compare and discuss measurements using terms like greater than, less than, longer, and shorter.
– Measurement: Weight.
Materials: balancing scales, various containers, blocks, counters, coins, matchsticks, other small objects.
Have several work stations with different materials to weigh different objects on the balancing scales.
Eg. Station 1 – Estimate and measure the weight of five blocks and the weight of five counters. Record.
Station 2 – Estimate and measure the weight of a container full of coins and a container full of matchsticks. Record.
Then children can compare and discuss measurements using terms like greater than, less than, heavier, and lighter.
Science / Technology.
– Flying Machines. Help Pig the Pug to fly!
Design and construct a machine that can be propelled through the air.
– Straw Rocket. http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/easy-paper-rockets/
– Balloon Rocket. http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/volume-air-far-balloon-rocket-travels/
– Catapult. http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/28871/catapult-for-kids-to-make
– Hoop Air Glider. http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/straw_hoop_plane.php
Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp 2014.
All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal and classroom use only, not permitted for commercial use.