When he learns from a mixed-up fairy godmother that his true love’s kiss will transform him from dirty hog to pampered prince, Eldon smooches anyone in sight. But what if true love has been waiting under his snout all along? Kids will crack up at the disgusted reactions of their favorite fairy-tale princesses when Eldon gives them a juicy smack.
Teacher’s guide now available for HOG PRINCE! Click here for fun, cross-curricular activities that address the following learning standards:
√ Activate prior knowledge to anticipate what will be read or heard.
√ Use prior knowledge to make sense of text.
√ Identify and describe main characters, setting, and important events in a story.
√ Draw conclusions and inferences from texts.
√ Communicate personal response to literature through drawing, telling, or writing. √ Sequence information learned from text into a logical order to retell facts.
Phonological Awareness, Decoding and Word Recognition
√ Demonstrate phonemic awareness by rhyming and substituting sounds.
√ Given a spoken word, produce another word that rhymes with it.
√ Add, delete, or change sounds to change words (e.g., cow to how, cat to can).
√ Look for known chunks or small words to attempt to decode an unknown word.
√ Generate ideas for writing through talking, sharing, drawing, listening to stories, reading, brainstorming, and discussion.
√ Put ideas into writing using pictures, developmental spelling, or conventional text.
√ Organize paragraphs using topic sentences.
√ Revisit pictures and writings to add detail.
√ Show and talk about work samples containing pictures, developmental spelling, or conventional text.
Map Skills and Geometry
√ Explain the spatial concepts of location, distance and direction.
√ Use a scale to find a distance on a map or a length on a scale drawing.
(Teacher’s Guide Created By: Cassandra Reigel Whetstone; standards compiled from the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards by Natalie Dias Lorenzi)
From KIRKUS “Bardhan-Quallen’s latest shows the amusing results of a fairy’s poor memory on a pig with big dreams. Eldon and Petunia watch the carriages drive by each morning, Eldon always wishing he were royalty and Petunia never understanding how he misses what is right in front of him. So when Fairy Miranda shows up offering a way to break the spell placed on the “Hog Prince,” Eldon scours the kingdom for girls to kiss while Petunia scoffs. After three kisses gone awry (great fodder for animated storytime readers), Petunia loses her patience and kisses Eldon herself, but he remains clueless. Only when he is forced to carriage-watch alone does he understand that it is Petunia who is his true love. Wolff’s acrylic illustrations fit the fairy-tale mold, with bright colors and simple details. His characters leave even the youngest readers without a doubt as to their thoughts and feelings. In a market filled with fairy-tale remakes, this one stands out for its read-aloud potential, references to other beloved characters and timeless message—be happy with who you are.”
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Eldon and Petunia live in a sty on the castle grounds. As they watch the royal carriage pass by, he dreams of living the princely life because “…princes live in luxury, and they always get the girl. What’s not to like about that?” Fairy Miranda appears and says she can break Eldon’s spell. All he has to do is kiss his true love. He is thrilled; Petunia is skeptical. As the porker sets off to find his true love, she follows behind. He tries to sneak a kiss from cinder girl Ella, Lady Aurora at the spinning wheel, and Mother Goose herself. In all cases, his advances are badly received. As he’s looking at his reflection in the lake and bemoaning his fate, he doesn’t see Petunia sneaking up behind him. Her kiss startles him and he falls into the mud hole. When he asks what that was for, she responds, “You just don’t get it, do you?” It takes him a while, but he does get it and ventures back to the sty where Petunia is waiting. Fairy Miranda, it turns out, was looking for a frog, not a hog. The large acrylic illustrations are perfect for the story. The animal faces are expressive and the backgrounds are lush. This is a great read-aloud that cheerfully fractures many fairy tales all at once.”