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Pig Has a Plan
An I Like to Read® Book Level B
by Ethan Long
Ethan Long, Illustrator

Reinforced | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823424283 | 09-01-2012

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Humor, Friendship, Farming & Farm Life, Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: A, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RL.K.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10
L.K.1, 1b, 1d, 1f, 2, 2a, 2b, 2d, 4, 4b
L.K.5, 5a, 5c, 5d, 6
RF.K.1, 2, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4
SL.K.1, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.K.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

About the Book

Poor Pig! He just wants to take a nap, but his barnyard pals are making a terrible racket. Cow gabs on his cell phone, Cat pops balloons, and Hen saws. Pig hatches a plan to block all the noise. In a surprise ending, Pigs learns that his friends have been planning a birthday party just for him. So much for napping!

Hilarious illustrations, a fun story line, and decodable text make for a real treat for new readers.

Ethan Long is a renowned illustrator and animator. He is the creator of Tasty Time with Ze Fronk, a TV show that airs on Disney Playhouse. Ethan grew up in Central Pennsylvania and now lives in Orlando, Florida.


"Children will easily guess what the animals are up to in this fun picture book/easy reader. A solid addition to the [I Like to Read®:] series."—School Library Journal

"Pig Has a Plan is simple enough to let your beginning reader succeed. But it also has a twist ending and humor that will make your reader happy that he actually managed to the reach the end and that he did it himself."—Bookshelf blog

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Discuss Pig's plan. How do the words and illustrations help you understand the main idea of the story? RL.K-1.7

2. What is Pig's problem in the story? How does he solve his problem? Explain why Pig's plan does not work. RL.K-1.1, 3

3. Find all the action words/verbs from the book. Make a list. (saw, gab, pop, tap, mix, hum, bop, sip) Find all the animal words/proper nouns and make a list. (Pig, Hen, Cow, Cat, Dog, Rat, Hog, Pup, Fly) Try and match the correct animal name to the action from the story. Go back to the story to check your answers. L.K-1.1, 1b, 5a

4. Write a sentence telling how Pig feels at the end of the story. Draw a picture. RL.K-1.1/W.K-1.3