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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Do you know what alliteration means? Sally Lee Baker is an illustrator, storyteller and author of Pudgy Porky, which is an alliterative story. Alliteration is the repetition of the initial sounds of words. In Pudgy Porky by Sally Lee Baker, the alliteration is - you guessed it - full of P's. Children will love reading Pudgy Porky as they learn that it's okay being who you are and in being different. Peggy Porcupine and Peppy Puppy were being cruel to Perry Pig because he was different. They called him Pudgy Porky which made Perry Pig see himself differently, but with the help of Paula Panda, Perry Pig was able to embrace that difference. Instead of being cruel and mean in return to Peggy Porcupine and Peppy Puppy, he turned things around and they all became friends. Children will giggle and laugh as they read through the pages of Pudgy Porky by Sally Lee Baker and be challenged by the P tongue twisters.
I truly enjoyed reading Pudgy Porky by Sally Lee Baker, and the alliteration added such a great touch in teaching about social issues. In reading Pudgy Porky, children will learn that being themselves and expressing their uniqueness is part of the road to self-discovery. Being cruel is not nice and people should apologize for their behavior, but if they do not, then brush the dust off and move on. Also in reading, children will learn that even though someone else is being mean to them that maybe they too are having issues with their uniqueness and need help with their self-worth as well. Enjoy!