Author: Su Lowell Gallion
Illustrator: Joyce Wan
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: September 27th, 2016
GoodReads Summary: An unlikely pair—a pug and a pig!—realize that it’s better to be together.
Pug is a very happy pup. He has his own yard, his own bowl, and even his own cozy bed! That is, until Pig moves in and starts eating from Pug’s bowl, interrupting Pug’s routine, and, worst of all, sleeping in Pug’s bed. Will Pug and Pig ever learn to live together as friends?
This sweet and silly story about a darling duo celebrates the timeless themes of embracing change, being kind to others, and finding friends in unlikely places.
What I Think: I'm loving this book as a mentor text for primary writers! First of all, how cute are these illustrations? I mean, a pug and a pig? So cute. This book starts out simple and sweet...maybe similar to how some of our young writers' stories start out. But then it takes a twist! And this is the exciting part, it's an opportunity to talk to our young readers about how their stories might take a twist. Because isn't the twisty part of a story the best part? It's the exciting part, it's the oh no! part, it's the now-what's-going-to-happen? part. Reading Pug Meets Pig and asking students to look for the twist, will help them first to recognize it in a story and then they can think about a twist in the stories they write. Even if they're writing personal narrative, they can think about a story that happened to them with a twist.
Snatch of Text:
"Pug is happy here at home,
with his bowl, his yard, and his bed.
But one day when the door opens..."Writing Prompt: Write about a time in your life when something unexpected happened to you.
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