Pigs Can Fly!: The Adventures of Harriet Pig and Friends
Pigs Can Fly!: The Adventures of Harriet Pig and Friends
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Annotation: In four stories, Harriet Pig realizes her dream to fly, helps a friend overcome a fear of heights, trains for a swim race against a boastful goose, and more than repays the mouse who saved her life.
Catalog Number: #3575553
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Cricket
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: Tryon, Leslie,
Pages: 49 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8126-2706-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-8126-2706-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2003016504
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
for reading aloud. A spunky potbellied pig is the star of four separate but related stories. In the title episode, Harriet, who has always wanted to fly, gets her chance when she's awarded the part of the fairy in the school play. With the help of special stage wires, she finds herself living her dream as she soars across the stage, sprinkling sparkling fairy dust on the cheering crowd. In other adventures, Harriet helps her friend Penny Porcupine overcome her fear of heights; accepts a challenge from champion swimmer Lucy Goosey to compete in a swim contest; and drives Homer Mouse crazy with her helpfulness after he saves her life. In every story, Harriet refuses to give up, even when the odds are stacked against her. Tryon brings the whole cast of likable characters to life with warm, expressive, black-and-white illustrations. With a more difficult vocabulary than is usual in a beginning chapter book, this will be a good choice for new readers ready for more challenge.
Horn Book
This chapter book features an ebullient potbellied pig named Harriet. In each episode, Harriet faces challenges, such as helping a friend overcome her fear of heights and winning a swim race. This is familiar, perhaps mundane, territory, but the writing is lively and characters are full of personality. Amusing black-and-white illustrations are included.
Kirkus Reviews
Harriet Pig and her friends team up for four sweetie-pie adventures. First Harriet proves pigs can fly as she triumphs as the fairy in the school play. Then Harriet is the friend who helps her pal Penny Porcupine overcome her fear of heights. Braggart swimmer Lucy Goosey is forced to eat her own words after eating too much of her own sweets. Homer Mouse learns how to assert himself in the face of Harriet's overwhelming gratitude at having her life saved. Tryon's delightful pen-and-ink illustrations bring life to the predictable text. Ample white space, generous font, and predictable plot, all hallmarks of an early chapter book, appear on these pages. However, awkward word choice makes this average fare for new chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 6-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In these four episodes, winsome and spirited Harriet learns to fly with the help of wires during the school play, helps Penny Porcupine overcome her fear of heights, competes in a swimming race, and almost wears out her welcome when repaying Homer Mouse for saving her life. Each vignette is told with an economy of smoothly flowing words and concludes with a happy resolution. Harriet is a likable, outgoing character whose antics are sure to evoke giggles from readers. Charming black-and-white illustrations are generously placed throughout the book and enhance the humor of the text. A fine choice for reading aloud, this entertaining offering will also appeal to new chapter-book readers.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 4,485
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 84218 / grade: Lower Grades

Harriet Pig is an unstoppable, unflappable force, out to right the world. In this collection of four stories, she realizes her dream to fly, helps a friend overcome a fear of heights, trains for a swim race against a boastful goose, and repays in the extreme a mouse that saves her life. This transitional book is more challenging than an early chapter book, but still accessible to beginning readers who want to laugh as they follow Harriet's adventures. Leslie Tryon's charming black-and-white illustrations perfectly capture the lively spirit of adventure found throughout the book. Harriet's barge-ahead personality provides the laughs, as she does whatever it takes to accomplish her ends.

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