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 I am going! (Elephant & Piggie book)
 Author: Willems, Mo

 Publisher:  Hyperion Books for Children (2010)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 57 p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 949575 ISBN: 9781423119906
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Elephants -- Fiction
 Pigs -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $16.29

Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald the elephant that she is going, sending him into a panic.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: .60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 155524
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 77566

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade K → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → K.RF Fluency
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/09)
   School Library Journal (06/01/10)
   Booklist (12/15/09)
 The Hornbook (03/10)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/15/2009 The mercurial friendship of Elephant and Piggie survives another minor (but seemingly life-ending!) tiff. The two are basking in shared bliss when Piggie announces, “Well, I am going.” Elephant proceeds to get histrionic, clawing at his ears and wailing, “Who will I skip with? Who will I play Ping-Pong with? Who will I wear a silly hat with? WHO WILL I SKIP AND PLAY PING-PONG IN A SILLY HAT WITH?!?!” Though it falls short of the high-water marks of I Love My New Toy! (2008) and I Will Surprise My Friend! (2008), Willems again distills the abrupt melodrama summoned by the commonest of childhood disagreements. As always, the key is the offhandedness of the presentation—the pencil art, the simple font, and the generous white space create a mid-tempo visual rhythm that is somehow intrinsically funny. This austerity is broken when Elephant reaches the mad heights of his tantrum. For both adult and child readers, it’s a moment as pleasurably predictable as the making-up that quickly follows. - Copyright 2009 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2010 PreS-Gr 1— Once again, Willems shows his talent for distilling the most profound human emotions to just a few words. Gerald the elephant is exhibiting anxiety, and his issue is the fact that Piggie says, "I am going!" For young children, this fear of abandonment can surface even when a friend or caretaker leaves for a brief time. It turns out that Piggie is just planning to go get lunch, and in his typical, reassuring way, Willems shows a picnic spread at the end with the two friends enjoying the meal together, Gerald's worries having been assuaged. Fans of the series will recognize that sometimes Gerald is the in-charge character and sometimes it is Piggie; as in real life, different people show their vulnerabilities in different situations. Once again, Willems uses just two colors, showing pink Piggie marching on the front endpapers and gray Gerald hopping on the back. He uses text bubbles to indicate who is speaking and includes plenty of white space. The illustrations are hilarious while at the same time capturing the truest of feelings. Be sure to add this easy reader to your collection as an addition to the series or even as a stand-alone.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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