Finally a book about manners in Being a Pig is Nice: a Child’s-Eye View of Manners. A little girl is reminded of her manners by her mother. She begins thinking about a pig. Clean is not necessary for a pig. As the little girl day dreams of being muddy, she also is reminded of an opposite point of view – pigs smell!
Sally Lloyd-Jones uses the imagination of a little girl to teach manners. The little girl then thinks of other animals and the way they eat. Do they have good manners? animals like an elephant, a snail, a monkey, or owl. In the end, a monster appears and has the worst manners of them all. Dan Krall’s illustrations are just as fun as the young lady’s imagination.
The book is a delight and will tickle your students’ funny bones. The book will teach children manners in a psychological backward way.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Being a Pig is Nice:
- Speech bubbles
- Point of View
- Question/Answer structure
- Vocabulary – inconsiderate, dawdle, atrocious
- Voice – “Ooooh… you’re in trouble…“
- Descriptive of the animals