Nov. 20: “Pigs Will Be Pigs”

I found the ultimate books for That Math Lady. Anyone who knows me well understands (i.e. tolerates) my love for pigs, especially tea cup pigs and micro mini pigs. Well, I found a great picture book about pigs and math! I can’t think of a better combination!

In Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money by Amy Axelrod, the Pig family needs to find money to go out to dinner.  So they start off on a hunt around the Pig home to find any spare change possible. Mr. Pig searches his wallet and toolbox while Mrs. Pig looks for loose change in the laundry room. The piglets were also successful in finding a few coins in their closets, too. How much did they find and will it be enough to buy food? That is for the young reader to determine as they help the Pig family count their money!

Young readers can probably relate to the pig family. You can begin a lesson asking students if they have ever searched for – or unexpectedly found – money around their home. If so, where?  What did they do with their new fortune? And how much money would they need to find to eat out at their favorite restaurant?

If you love this book, you’ll love Axelrod’s other Pigs and Math series: Pigs On a Blanket: Fun with Math and TimePigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking, and Pigs Go to Market: Fun with Math and Shopping!

Axelrod, Amy. Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money. Illustrated by Sharon McGinley-Nally. Aladdin. 1997.


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