Well, kind of... He actually is kind of a toot! But, can I just say how much I love him anyways?!
I use him all the time to solve conflicts between my kids and teach desired character traits. I have five kids! Needless to say, there is always conflict at some point! Enter Pig! This last summer I struggled to find a way to teach my ten and seven year old that it is not okay to quit games just because you are losing.
On the flip side, I had to teach the nine year old, it is not nice to rub it in when you win. In Pig the Winner, Pig and Trevor face this very problem! After we all set down and read the book together, we had a family meeting about how we wanted others to treat us during games. It worked! Yay!
What else does Pig teach? We all know that one on one time with your kids is a commodity. They want attention and will try anything to get it sometimes! Enter Pig! In Pig the Star, Pig and Trevor are looking fabulous at a photo shoot until Pig feels the need to hog the spotlight.
After we giggled our way through the hilarious illustrations (and put the Corgi in a tutu), we had a lot of good feedback on Pig’s behavior and positive ways to get attention at home and school.
So even though Pig is selfish and self centered, he always learns a valuable lesson by the end of the book! Use him in your classroom or home to teach desired traits or do a character study in the classroom. Have your kids evaluate his actions to determine his character traits. And as always ask your kids what he learned! Chances are they will recognize their actions in Pig without you having to say a word!
Do you have a favorite book where the characters learn a lesson? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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