Are You Ready to Play Outside? (Elephant & Piggie)

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

Are You Ready to Play Outside? (Elephant & Piggie)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can't wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2In a refreshing reversal of their usual roles, the often-despondent Gerald proves to be a valuable friend to exuberant Piggie when her own naturally sunny disposition fails her. Fretful about the sudden rain that threatens to ruin an afternoon of running, skipping, and jumping, Piggie declares emphatically that she is "not a happy pig." Poor Gerald patiently weathers the rain and her brief tantrum and, as readers might expect, the pair soon make the most of the situation. Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words themselves are manageable for young readers, and these endearing and distinctly developed characters have great child appeal. With a cameo appearance by the Pigeon on the final endpaper, this is a winning addition to the author's canon."Neala Arnold, St. Francis Elementary School, MN" Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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In a refreshing reversal of their usual roles, the often-despondent Gerald proves to be a valuable friend to exuberant Piggie when her own naturally sunny disposition fails her. Fretful about the sudden rain that threatens to ruin an afternoon of running, skipping, and jumping, Piggie declares emphatically that she is "not a happy pig." Poor Gerald patiently weathers the rain and her brief tantrum and, as readers might expect, the pair soon make the most of the situation. Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words themselves are manageable for young readers, and these endearing and distinctly developed characters have great child appeal. With a cameo appearance by the Pigeon on the final endpaper, this is a winning addition to the author's canon. SLJ"
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781423113478
Lexile Measure
140L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date
October 20, 2008
Series
Elephant & Piggie
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002200 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV002080 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
Library of Congress categories
Pigs
Swine
Friendship
Elephants
Rain and rainfall
Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss)
Winner 2009 - 2009
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2009 - 2009
Young Hoosier Book Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012

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