There are some days that call for a 48-page of pig poems after dinner. Days when a little revival, a second wind, or some humor is needed before the nighttime routine begins its inevitable march toward
arguing about bedtime slumber.
Here I make a case for The Book of Pigericks, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, of Frog and Toad fame. I wish to quote from the 1983 picture book, but to do so and avoid copyright infringement, I must make use of an unwanted device: literary criticism. To wit,
There was a fat pig from Savannah
Savannah is in Georgia; this pig is Southern.
Who set foot on a peel of banana.
Note the felicitous phrase "peel of banana" to describe a fruit skin.
As he came crashing down,
Lobel's Savannah-dwelling pig presents as a top-hatted, three-piece-suit-wearing dandy who walks on two feet. Comeuppance is nigh.
Every person in town
Actually they're pigs.
Thought an earthquake was shaking Savannah.
A comment on the alarmed and yet unhelpful reaction of the dandy pig's fellow villagers. Surely an exaggeration.
Parsing this text, an astute reader may have concluded that these "original limericks about all manner of pigs" (as the card catalogue description characterizes the book's contents) are mighty silly. That would be correct. Look for The Book of Pigericks at the library since it is out of print.
The Book of Pigericks
by Arnold Lobel
Harper & Row, 1983
for ages 4-8 (and anyone else who likes pig poems and limericks)
For more rhymes, check the Poetry Friday roundup at the blog Mentor Texts, Readalouds & More.