Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Story About Greed

“Mine” is one of the first words most toddlers learn. There is a meme written by the parent of a 3 year-old called A Toddler’s Rules of Possession (you can find it on Pinterest) which outlines all the ways in which, for a toddler, everything is eventually identified as “mine”.  In his picture book, Pig the Pug, Aaron Blabey hilariously brings a toddler’s avarice to life in canine form.

Pig is a Pug who is “greedy and selfish”. He categorically refuses to share with his weiner dog housemate, Trevor. When Trevor suggests it might be fun to share and play together, Pig responds by gathering his things in a big pile and sitting on top of it. Unfortunately for Pig, this action leads directly to a pretty painful consequence that forces him to share for an unforeseen and definitely humbling reason.

I love the ending of this book. Pig’s lesson is harsh, but I think kids will relate both to his greediness and the manner in which he learns his lesson. My students had a great time discussing Pig's name and why it is appropriate.

Pug and Trevor’s faces are very expressive throughout the picture book. In the beginning, Trevor looks friendly and enthusiastic and Pig looks rather uptight. On the last page of the book  Trevor looks victorious and Pig looks resigned to his fate.

This is a great book to illustrate the dangers of greediness and the camaraderie in sharing.

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