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What is big? Join Douglas Florian and a decidedly big pink pig as they travel around town, across a continent, and through the universe, taking a look at things that are big bigger biggest! Bulletin Blue Ribbon Best of 2000 Award


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What is big? Join Douglas Florian and a decidedly big pink pig as they travel around town, across a continent, and through the universe, taking a look at things that are big bigger biggest! Bulletin Blue Ribbon Best of 2000 Award

30 review for A Pig Is Big

  1. 5 out of 5

    Almira

    Interesting way to describe to young children the concept of BIG.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    This was a nicely done poetic text, just right for my kindergartners and first graders as they explore the concept of poetic rhyme. The text is simple, comparative, and varied enough in structure that the students are able to accurately describe and emulate what they observe.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Very cute, nice end of story time book. My preschool crowd thought it was hilarious for such a simple book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Perfect for babies and toddlers

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sami Snow

    This was an unnecessarily dramatic book. The illustrations were a bit creepy. Trait: Voice AR: 1.6 DRA: 10

  6. 5 out of 5

    Read with Rose and Bear

    Awesome for putting context to “a country is bigger than a city than a neighborhood”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian is a poetic read-aloud book that provides a great opportunity for students to learn about rhyming. The rhyming throughout the text not only makes the book more engaging, but it also helps familiarize students with the phonological skill of rhyming. It provides an opportunity to emphasize for students that words that rhyme may have different beginning sounds, but they have the same ending sounds. Students may also be asked to make up their own rhymes that fir the s A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian is a poetic read-aloud book that provides a great opportunity for students to learn about rhyming. The rhyming throughout the text not only makes the book more engaging, but it also helps familiarize students with the phonological skill of rhyming. It provides an opportunity to emphasize for students that words that rhyme may have different beginning sounds, but they have the same ending sounds. Students may also be asked to make up their own rhymes that fir the story. Although in many ways this is a fairly simple text, some of the vocabulary seems to be particularly challenging for young students. I believe this is a result of the author attempting to preserve the rhyme scheme throughout the story. The book is also highly engaging for students because of its playful illustrations and because it teaches students about comparing sizes. The read-aloud could be made particularly engaging if students were asked to make predictions or inferences about the object that is "bigger" on the next page. Every page ends with the questions "What's bigger than a________?". Overall, A Pig is Big provides an engaging opportunity for students to be exposed to rhyming.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    Genre: Concept Picture Book Summary: This book uses wonderful illustrations and a gradual progression from smaller to larger using familiar things in our environment to present the concept of things that are larger than others. Critique: a.) The author uses real life objects to accurately depict smaller and larger objects and their relationship to each other. The pictures also provide a wonderful and accurate representation of objects and their size in relation to each other. b.) This book has mult Genre: Concept Picture Book Summary: This book uses wonderful illustrations and a gradual progression from smaller to larger using familiar things in our environment to present the concept of things that are larger than others. Critique: a.) The author uses real life objects to accurately depict smaller and larger objects and their relationship to each other. The pictures also provide a wonderful and accurate representation of objects and their size in relation to each other. b.) This book has multiple strengths, the most important of which is the use of everyday objects and animals in order to present the concept. The illustrations also lend a powerful hand to the concept by visually showing “bigger” in order to aid in understanding for the reader. I loved this book and saw no weaknesses in it at all. c.) On pages 7 and 8, the story attempts to show the size relationship between a pig, cow, and car from smallest to largest. The illustration of the cow driving the car with the pig as a passenger does a wonderful job of showing this size relationship. Curriculum Connection: This book would be a valuable tool in a preschool setting or early elementary setting to introduce a unit about size relation or small, bigger, and biggest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Gastelum

    Florian, D. (2000). A pig is big. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books. A Pig is Big is a wonderful concept picture book that includes a comparison of sizes between objects. The author begins the story by introducing a big pink pig as he travels around town, across a continent, and even universe taking a look at things that are big. Eventually, he comes to the conclusion that the universe is in fact the biggest. This book is recommended for beginning young readers anywhere from pre-kindergarten to ele Florian, D. (2000). A pig is big. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books. A Pig is Big is a wonderful concept picture book that includes a comparison of sizes between objects. The author begins the story by introducing a big pink pig as he travels around town, across a continent, and even universe taking a look at things that are big. Eventually, he comes to the conclusion that the universe is in fact the biggest. This book is recommended for beginning young readers anywhere from pre-kindergarten to elementary as it I structured to help children understand the basics of how big things are. Florian’s book explores the themes of shapes and sizes as it focuses on the mass of different objects. I could incorporate this book into my classroom by reading the book aloud to my students and then having them compare each object to one another. I could also have each student choose an object in the classroom and have them compare it to their peers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abriana Chamberlain

    Douglas Florian does a pretty good job with A Pig Is Big. I honestly didn't think that it was going to be about anything but a pig. I like how he sort of fooled the audience by his title and cover. As you continue with the book you read to see what bigger than a pig, a cow, what is bigger than a cow, a car, bigger than a car, a truck, bigger than a truck, a neighborhood, bigger than a neighborhood, a city, bigger than a city, the earth, bigger than the earth, the universe. He then ends you with Douglas Florian does a pretty good job with A Pig Is Big. I honestly didn't think that it was going to be about anything but a pig. I like how he sort of fooled the audience by his title and cover. As you continue with the book you read to see what bigger than a pig, a cow, what is bigger than a cow, a car, bigger than a car, a truck, bigger than a truck, a neighborhood, bigger than a neighborhood, a city, bigger than a city, the earth, bigger than the earth, the universe. He then ends you with " Compared to it all things seem small." I liked how this text at the end the text becomes smaller and smaller, trying to make his point valid. I like the illustrations for each of the subjects talked about in the book. I would read this to kids who were older than 10 years old, because I feel like they should be at least that age to understand and see the meaning behind his story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Hall

    I thought this would be a great pick for a science lesson for younger grades (K-1). The author takes realistic things and compares their size. Starting with a pig and ending with the universe. I thought it would be a great way to explain size and space to children. They can connect well with the examples given in the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steve_sonderman

    Quick and easy read. Appropriate for younger children. If I used this in my classroom, I would use it to get students to make inferences, as each page ends with a hook. The illustrations are playful and childish. Overall, it is a good basic poetry book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Summary: Objects are described by their relative size and are compared to other things. Reflections: Uses a creative yet almost awkward rhyme scheme. Illustrations do the job. Children will defnitely enjoy this book. Themes: rhyming, size comparisons

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Munk

    This book wasn't the best or the worst. The illustrations were okay. I liked how it rhymed. I also really enjoyed the ending when it was talking about the universe and the words got smaller. I think this would be a good book for a beginning level reader. This book wasn't the best or the worst. The illustrations were okay. I liked how it rhymed. I also really enjoyed the ending when it was talking about the universe and the words got smaller. I think this would be a good book for a beginning level reader.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Very cute book about pigs and all things that are bigger than them. This book is very similar to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Dog a Donut. It is a great book for very young readers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Burr

    I love this book the way that they demonstrate measurement with things in real life is amazing, it will really get kids involved in measuring and measuring things in their everyday life. Content. The concept of measuring Connection to measurement in everyday life The vocabulary

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    An excellent exercise in comparative sizes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Lee

    This book uses poetry to describe the difference of sizes between objects. A great book to use while teaching students about size difference.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    good for talking about small to large in relationship to cities, within states, within the continent, and then world. better for 5K

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda Atkinson

    Preschool themes: size, pigs

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lee

    This is a good book to read to younger students. Contains a lot of rhyming words and questions to get the kids thinking.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vandy

    concpt og relative sizes....good for 3-8 yrs

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendi

    The words did not flow as easily in this book. It was ok to read but not the best. If they would compare it all to animals it might be better to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A good book to teach what big means. Different examples from a pig all the way to the size of the universe. I wish they started at atom, but that doesn't rhyme with big. A good book to teach what big means. Different examples from a pig all the way to the size of the universe. I wish they started at atom, but that doesn't rhyme with big.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    Read at Baby/Toddler Story Time on 3/29/11. http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/... Read at Baby/Toddler Story Time on 3/29/11. http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Similar in concept to Big and Small, Room for All by Bogart, but simpler for younger children. They will enjoy guessing what bigger thing will come next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenya

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barbie Korper McConnell

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Salisbury

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