What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fun, easy-to-read book is entertaining enough that adults will want to read it aloud, but has enough emotional action that beginning readers will be satisfied that this is no book for babies.
What's the story?
Piggie wants to fly but Elephant is discouraging. With the help of a couple of friends, Piggie tries hard to make her dreams come true.
Is it any good?
It won't surprise parents to hear that author/illustrator Mo Willems got his start writing for Sesame Street. The same smart but developmentally appropriate attitude is all over his picture books. This Elephant and Piggie book will remind readers of vintage Dr. Seuss series regular P.D. Eastman, who wrote classics like Go, Dog. Go! A similar sensibility drives this book: simple pictures, likable characters, and snappy dialogue in an easy-to-read, kid-friendly format.
Willems' scratchy, casual illustrations convey the action and character emotion. The lack of background keeps the focus on language and makes the punctuation -- somewhat sophisticated for this level -- less daunting. TODAY I WILL FLY is entertaining enough that adults will want to read it aloud, but has enough emotional action that beginning readers will be satisfied that this is no book for babies. For such a tight vocabulary, an awful lot happens in this well-presented book.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Elephant. Does he remind you of Eeyore? Why doesn't he think Piggie can fly? Even though Piggie's being silly, do you think Elephant should be encouraging anyway?