“Pug is happy here at home.” Me too, Pug! This book made me delightfully happy. As a pug owner myself, I am of course biased, but I think this book by Sue Gallion with art by Joyce Wan is an absolute gem. Pug’s story begins with his enjoyment of routine and solitude, then everything changes when Pig arrives. Pug must adapt to this newcomer in his life, which he eventually does with grace and generosity. The simple words and clean, friendly illustrations make this an excellent choice for beginning readers, and little ones who aren’t quite there yet can try telling the story back to you after they’ve heard it once or twice. The theme of accepting changes and making new friends is one that will resonate especially with preschoolers and those facing new experiences.
After reading this book, extend the fun with a pig tails color sorting activity!
Here’s the supplies you’ll need:
- Chenille stems (various colors)
- Dried black beans or brown rice
- Colored paper to match chenille stem colors
- Tray or bin
First, make some pig bottoms! Using your colored paper, cut out a pig bottom shape. You’ll want a circle with two square legs. Next, cut your chenille stems into four equal sections. Twirl the pieces around your finger or a pencil to make a curly pig tail! Fill your tray with dried black beans or brown rice to make the “mud” the pigs were playing in, and place the pig tails in the “mud.” Now it’s time for your little ones to help the piggies out! Give each child a pair of tweezers, and let them pick the tails out of the “mud” and put them on the same color pig bottom. This is a silly and fun activity that’s easy for you and helps kids practice colors and fine motor skills! Thanks to Modern Preschool for the idea.
Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.