Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Is That Wise, Pig?

Thomas, Jan (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 36 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781416985822 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Mouse is making soup, and Cow and Pig want to help. They add one onion, two cabbages and three umbrellas! “Is that wise Pig?” his friends ask, as he tries to mix objects rather than vegetables into the giant pot. He concedes that it probably is not and puts them aside. The counting game goes on as the animals continue to stock the pot with delicious ingredients. Pig tries to introduce six galoshes, but is encouraged to rethink his choices. When ten piggy friends come parading along to share the soup, they literally jump into the pot. Suddenly the galoshes and umbrellas come in handy, protecting the three animals from getting splashed. It is clear they are not eating soup for dinner, so Mouse calls for pizza.

Zany illustrations in double-spread layouts use bright primary colours to depict the soup-making friends. Delightfully exaggerated facial expressions and gestures depict Mouse and Cow, dismayed at Pig’s odd choices. Exuberant images use full bleed, with parts of the animal characters and the soup pot itself falling off the edge of the pages.

Text is simple and fun, using speech bubbles to convey the story that is packed with questions and exclamatory statements. “‘Now here are FOUR tomatoes’ ‘And here are FIVE potatoes.’ ‘And here are … SIX galoshes.’ ‘Six galoshes?’ ‘In the soup?’ ‘Is that wise pig?’” A counting game, repetition and anticipation make for an engaging read-aloud.

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    Discuss the book title. What does it mean to be wise?

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    After reading the part when the pig wants to put 6 galoshes in the soup, turn and talk with a partner. Predict together what will happen for 7, 8, 9 and10.

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    Join together to choral read the response, “Is that wise pig?”

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    Friends help friends realize that they are going to make a mistake. In small groups, create skits in which one of you is going to do something unwise and the others ask if it is wise to do that.

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    Learn the teacher-chosen words that will be useful to understand the book (wise, pig, cow, Brussels sprouts, galoshes, etc.).

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    As a group, look at the first few pictures, identify the characters and the objects. Make predictions about what else can go in the soup.

  •  Join in to choral read the story with the teacher. Use the appropriate intonation and pronunciation.
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    In Grade 2, create a personalized version of a new soup. Use a story plan to think of your wise and not-so-wise ideas for the soup. Illustrate it in the same style.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Ethics and Religious Culture