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Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories

by Barbara Gregorich
Illustrated by Kristin Sorra

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2006
56 pages
ISBN: 0-618-47306-8

Ages 5-8

Waltur is a very literal bear. When he sets out to buy a pet pig, his friend Matilda warns him not to buy a pig in a “poke,” another name for a bag. She explains that he shouldn’t buy what he cannot see. Enlightened, Waltur carefully steers clear of a skunk’s offer to sell him a pig in a bag, but doesn’t see any problem when a fox advertises a pig in a box -- after all, a box is not a bag. Waltur’s new pet pig is a handful, and Waltur learns his consumer lesson the hard way. In the following two chapters Waltur counts his chickens before they are hatched and leads a horse to water (but can’t make it drink!) A final note titled “Funny English Sayings” explains more about the origin of these three idioms. The author packs a humorous punch into carefully structured short sentences on well-designed pages scattered with colorful illustrations. (MVL) ©2006 Cooperative Children’s Book Center


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