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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pigs Make Me Sneeze, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Hyperion, H B Fenn. 2009. $11.50 ages 3 and up

"Waht do you want to do today?
I want -- a a a
a a a a
A what?
a a a a a!!
A ball?
A swim?
A hat?"

Poor Gerald! He's having a visit with Piggie, but he cannot stop sneezing. Because of his propensity for worry, he becomes very concerned that the reason for the sneezing might be an allergy to pigs. And Piggie, his best friend, is a PIG! What will he do now? How will he live without his best friend? Will he have to say goodbye and not see her again? He is so disheartened by this assumption that he goes away with despair in his heart and sadness written all over his face.

When he meets Doctor Cat and shares his concern, he continues sneezing and becomes convinced that he also has an allergy to cats. The doctor does not feel the same about his condition and suggests that his sneezing is not due to allergies; rather than that, Gerald is sick. He has a cold. A cold!?! What good luck that is! Gerald is thrilled. He is immediately off to tell Piggie his good news, only to find her surrounded by tissues and blowing her runny nose. I think she knew the diagnosis before Elephant did!

I have not yet suggested that you should keep your eye on the endpapers as you share these stories. I think you might recognize a familiar face if you do! Be sure to check it out. Your listeners will be intrigued.

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