TOO MANY PIGS IN THE POOL
By: Wendy Hinote Lanier
Illustrated by: Iris Amaya
Published: April 15, 2022
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Former elementary teacher turned author of numerous nonfiction books for kids has now written her first fiction picture book. Think of a good old-fashioned math story problem and turn it into a story. Then you can imagine the chaos that happens as a growing number of pigs are added to a pool.
Mr. Jenkins loves relaxing in his pool but at times, he wishes he could enjoy it with someone else. He decides to invite his neighbor Ms. Peal, who also brings her pet pig, Percy. They had such a wonderful day at the pool. The next day, Mr. Jenkins finds Percy in the pool along with a pig friend. Each day, more pigs join the fun in the pool until there may just be too many pigs in the pool.
Each day when more pigs are added to the pool, a math equation appears at the bottom of the page to help kids add all the pigs together. Even with all the pigs added to the story, they each appear to have their own personalities. The illustrations show such great expressions every time Mr. Jenkins finds more pigs in the pool as well as the joy of a day laying in the pool. If your child is looking for more math fun, the end of the book includes more math activities.
This book would make a great read-aloud for a classroom. If your child is struggling with math, make it fun by reading this book with them.
Click HERE for activity sheets to do with the book.
Wendy Hinote Lanier is a former educator and author of more than 40 children’s books. An experienced speaker at schools and conferences and a native Texan, she loves telling a good story chock-full of Texas Humor. Wendy lives in Lindale, Texas. For more about her, visit her website, HERE.
Iris Amaya is a children’s illustrator based in Spain. Her joy is creating parallel stories to a book’s plot through details in her artwork. She loves creating expressive, nuanced characters. She currently lives in Valencia, Spain.
Awwww! Thank you, Stacie, for such a great review! I hope all your readers go hog wild for Too Many Pigs in the Pool! New studies show that reading and math tasks done together improve both skills. And there’s no rule that says you can’t have fun doing it!