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Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – Mar 17 2009
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"The masterful combination of early-reader convention and sly wit make this pair of pals one to celebrate."
"These books will easily take their place alongside Seuss and Eastman as classics in the beginning-reader genre."
About the Author
#1 New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children's literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Mo has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
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Students in my school are wild to have them read aloud and younger students can access them on their own for personal reading. The humour and simple illustrations allow children to savour the humour and at the same time appreciate the simple and important message, "Have fun with sports" or have fun with daily situations. The little pig's simple belief in himself is charming and easily recognized by Kindergarten children and even younger.
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Gerald has a ball, and as usual once Piggie wants to join in he happily lets her do so but not before he attempts to make a huge fuss out of nothing. Throwing a ball is hard work! One must study for years! But Piggie is impatient and ends up throwing the ball before he's done explaining and unfortunately it doesn't go as far as when Gerald threw it. Even more bewildering is the fact that Piggie doesn't seem to care that her ball didn't even go three feet. The reason? Because the most important part of throwing the ball was just to have fun of course! Zipping off she leaves Gerald to contemplate these words of wisdom which ultimately inspire him to break his own, incredibly serious and overly complicated rules and follow in her footsteps much to his delight.
In kindergarten, my son picked up reading with ease. By the end he was freakishly excellent at reading and testing four grades ahead of his own. Enter next in line, sister. In kindergarten, she is a regular kid and reading comes to her at the usual speed. This would be fine if she hadn't already been reading with brother super-reader, setting her expectations unreasonably high for herself. My kids and I have been reading before bed every night since they were born, and since becoming old enough, the three of us together, every night. My daughter was keenly aware of her brother's reading development as he had taken over the duties from me. As my daughter began to read, the requirement from school was for her to read at home. Her experience was quickly becoming a very negative one as she would struggle with every word, and her brother would become impatient and want to help, further frustrating her... and on it went every night. She was exhausted and frustrated by the end of 10min. I feared she would end up like me - never reading a book unless assigned in school, until her brother was born, because I read so slow and couldn't keep up with my own attn. span. I also recognized that the books for her reading level contained many words that were above her abilities, not real words (further confusing things) and frankly, above the reading level of the target audience. I remember thinking, "... if I could just find a book that had almost only words she had already learned in school..."
Enter Elephant & Piggie to our rescue! The simplicity of the words, plus their repetition meant that she could read a whole book *herself*, just like her brother, and not feel dumb, or exhausted and frustrated by the end. Whew! THAT was a close one. I'm convinced that if we didn't find the Elephant & Piggie books, to this day it would be like pulling teeth to get my daughter to read. Today she is in 4th grade and reading at her grade level and improving every day! I feel like I owe so much to Elephant & Piggie! AND - Elephant & Piggie are just plain FUNNY and sweet! THANK YOU Mo Willems, for saving us and the magic of reading together as a family! I am forever in your debt.
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