Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

newPoppleton
by Cynthia Rylant
Blue Sky 1997 (56p)
In this first book of a new series, the reader meets Poppleton, a big-city pig who moves to a small town and makes friends with his new neighbors.
Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud
by Lynn Plourde
Blue Sky 1997 (32p)
Pigs and other animals lie down in the mud, preventing Grandma from driving through in her Model T Ford, in this humorous, cumulative tale.
Gruntle Piggle Takes Off
by Jean Little
Viking 1997 (32p)
When Gruntle, a city pig, visits her Grampa Bacon in the country, she discovers that she does not like living in the country and learns that Grampa is not impressed with city life.
Goldilocks and the Three Hares
by Heide Petach
Putnam 1995 (32p)
Puns abound in this rollicking retelling in which a family of mice offer running commentary on Goldilocks' misadventures.
The Truth About the Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Steven Otfinoski
Troll 1994 (32p)
In this fractured fairy tale, the reader learns what really happened on that day three goats named Gruff encountered an innocent troll guarding his bridge.
Suddenly!
by Colin McNaughton
Harcourt 1995 (32p)
Unaware that he is being stalked by a wolf, Preston the Pig continues to change course suddenly, eluding and frustrating the wolf.
Piggie Pie
by Margie Palatini
Clarion 1995 (32p)
When Gritch the Witch goes to Old MacDonald's Farm in search of eight piggies to make Piggie Pie for lunch, the clever pigs impersonate other farm animals and Old MacDonald himself to fool her.

EASY

newLittle Red Cowboy Hat
by Susan Lowell
Holt 1997 (32p)
The traditional Little Red Riding Hood tale is retold here in a lively, southwestern version.
newDinorella: A Prehistoric Fairytale
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Hyperion 1997 (32p)
In this Cinderella tale, Cinderella is Dinorella, a dinosaur who must await the arrival of her Fairy-dactyl before she can go to the ball.
The Irish Cinderlad
by Shirley Climo
Harper 1996 (32p)
Becan, mistreated by his stepmother and stepsisters, has a magical bull for a fairy godfather, who helps him slay a dragon and rescue a princess, but he leaves one of his boots behind.
Sleepless Beauty
by Frances Minters
Viking 1996 (32p)
In a contemporary version of the sleeping beauty story told in rhyme and set in New York, Sleeping Beauty finds a clever way to outwit the Wicked Witch.
Pigs Ahoy
by David McPhail
Dutton 1995 (32p)
The author's ocean cruise is disrupted by the amusing but outrageous antics of several pigs who are finally banished from the ship.

AVERAGE

newCinderella's Rat
by Susan Meddaugh
Houghton 1997 (32p)
One of the rats that was turned into a coachman by Cinderella's fairy godmother tells his story.
newBubba, The Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale
by HelenKetteman
Scholastic 1997 (32p)
In this western versions of the Cinderella tale, when Bubba wants to attend the hoedown Miz Lurleen is giving, his wicked stepdaddy and nasty stepbrothers say no, but his fairy godcow comes to his rescue.
newAmanda Pig, Schoolgirl
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Dial 1997 (48p)
Amanda, delighted that the first day of school has finally arrived, helps out a new friend who is not so delighted.
newSmoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella
by Alan Schroeder
Dial 1997 (32p)
The author's retelling of the Cinderella story has a decidedly Southern flavor.
In Flight with David McPhail
by David McPhail
Heinemann 1996 (48p)
The author/illustrator of the Pig Pig series and several other pig books explains why he prefers to draw pigs. Illustrations in various stages of completion are included.
Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter
by Diane Stanley
Morrow 1997 (32p)
In this humorous spin on the classic fairy tale, the miller's daughter and Rumpelstiltskin marry and have a daughter who, sixteen years later, outwits a greedy king who wants her to spin straw into gold.
Those Can-Do Pigs
by David McPhail
Dutton 1996 (32p)
In humorous verse, McPhail relates all the things these pigs can do by working together, from playing the piano to riding rodeo bulls to traveling in space.
The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story
by Penny Pollock
(Multicultural)
Little 1996 (32p)
Turkeys make a beautiful dress for the poor girl who tends them so she can go to a dance, but they desert her when she does not return before sundown as promised.
The Three Blind Mice Mystery
by Stephen Krensky
Delacorte 1995 (48p)
When two of the three blind mice disappear, Detective Simple Simon suspects that the wolf who is trying to catch the three little pigs might be involved
Hog-Eye
by Susan Meddaugh
Houghton 1995 (32p)
When a young pig gets lost and is captured by a wolf, she uses her ability to read to outwit him and foils his attempts to make soup out of her.
Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Dial 1995 (48p)
In four stories, Oliver and his sister Amanda enjoy making a snow fort, sledding, and playing with magic icicles following a big snow storm.
Little Red Riding Hood: A New-fangled Prairie Tale
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Simon 1995 (40p)
Bike-riding Little Red Riding Hood outwits the wolf when they both head for Granny's for some of her famous wheat-berry muffins. Muffin recipe included.
Three Cool Kids
by Rebecca Emberley
Little 1995 (32p)
In a new slant on the Three Billy Goats Gruff, three Cool Kids live in the city, where a huge rat that lives in a sewer tries to prevent them from crossing the street.

Book for Teacher Read Aloud

Snuffles and Snouts
selected by Laura Robb
Dial 1995 (32p)
With delightful illustrations by Steven Kellogg, this humorous collection contains pig poems by John Ciardi, James Reeves, J. Patrick Lewis, Myra Cohn Livingston, and others.

Now Out of Print

Piggybook
by Anthony Browne

Now Available in Paperback

newPiggie Pie
by Margie Palatini
Clarion
newPoppleton
by Cynthia Rylant
Scholastic/Blue Sky
The Great Pig Escape
by Eileen Christelow
Clarion
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!
by David McPhail
Puffin
Pigs Might Fly
by Dick King-Smith
Puffin
Pigs from A to Z
by Arthur Geisert
Houghton
All Pigs Are Beautiful
by Dick King-Smith
Candlewick
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka
Viking
Hooray for the Golly Sisters
by Betsy Byars
HarperTrophy
Mrs. Pig Gets Cross
by Mary Rayner
Puffin

Now Available in Spanish

The Three Little Javelinas (Los tres pequeños jabalíes)
by Susan Lowell
Northland
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! (¡Cerdos a montones, cerdos a granel!)
by David McPhail
Puffin