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The Pig in the Spigot by Richard Wilbur

The Pig in the Spigot (edition 2004)

by Richard Wilbur, J.otto Seibold (Illustrator)

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Title:The Pig in the Spigot
Authors:Richard Wilbur
Other authors:J.otto Seibold (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 56 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:nonfiction, easy book, 400s, 46p, K - 4th grade

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The Pig in the Spigot by Richard Wilbur



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Weird. Verses that are so lame they spoil clever wordplay, by a 'real' poet? And Jotto's illustrative style only appeals to some - I appreciate that it's creative, but I, personally, can't stand it.

The wordplay is fun. Of course there's an *ant* in the *pantry*! And of course it's not right there's an *elf* in the *belfry*! If I were sharing this with children I'd pull out the key words and let the kids make up their own sentences or riddles to make sense of the pairing themselves. Maybe we'd come up with more, too. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
These poems use words inside of other words. For example neigh, the sound a horse makes, inside of the word neighborhood. The poem gives a crazy answer as to why the smaller word is in the bigger word. The author calls them hidden meanings in the word. Beautiful pictures are provided to fit every poem. The poems tend to get a little confusing and not really make sense though. ( )
  marabie | Oct 29, 2014 |
This playful book explores the fascinating world of words. Wilbur's poetry combined with Seibold's illustrations allow the reader to look at words in an entirely new way. Some combinations, like bug in bugle, are humorous; others, like the Devil in Mandeville are helpful spelling tools. This can be a way to help students look at words differently, and learn how they work with each other in interesting ways. Students can be encouraged to find their own "pigs in spigots." This would be a great mentor text for a poetry unit - especially for a student who may struggle to enter into this more abstract world. Also, the illustrations provide humorous and helpful depictions of the poetry, which can be especially useful to visual learners. ( )
  econnick | Nov 23, 2012 |
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Smaller words hide out in bigger words. It's a fact you may not have considered, or at least would never have fully explored without the kind help of Richard Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States. Once you've found the gnat in indignation, however, there's no turning back. You will simply have to dissect word after word to see how the sum is affected by its parts. Is it an accident that the modest, nonflying emu fits inside the word demure? Or that mustn't contains the letters TNT? Wilbur thinks not.

When there's a pig inside your spigot, you
Must not cry out, "There's nothing I can do!"
Be sensible, and take the obvious course,
Which is to turn the spigot on full force.
Sufficient water pressure will, I think,
Oblige the pig to flow into the sink.

J. Otto Seibold, cocreator of the Mr. Lunch books and Olive, the Other Reindeer, has just as good a time as Wilbur in this playful, poetic picture book. His depiction of a moth devouring a cream-of-tomato-soup-colored sweater (making "Anga Anga" sounds as it practically flosses with the yarn) is hilarious, as is the joey shouting "ouch" from inside the mother kangaroo's pouch. Punsters, poetry teachers, and people in general will adore this quirky celebration of the joy of words. And for the record, beware the bug in bugle and the elf in your belfry. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Rhyming text gives many examples of short words found within longer ones such as "pig" in "spigot" and "ant" in "pantry".

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