Maccarone cleverly retells a well-know fairy tale and embeds basic mathematics concepts in the narrative and in the illustrations. The tale begins with Mother Pig, and simple fractions, as she halves 2 apples in order to have enough to feed herself and her three children before she sends them off to build their houses. Mathematical shapes appear when one piglet builds a house that is a cylinder, another a cone, and the third a cube made of bricks grouped as base ten blocks…how many make 100?
Children will delight in closely examining Pistacchio’s cartoon-like illustration to discover additional fairy tale characters – Pinnocchio with sticks to sell, a leprechaun peddling straw, a girl with sheep’s wool, Humpty Dumpty and Puss’N’Boots flogging additional building materials, and in the end the third pig makes a deal for brick from the Gingerbread Man.
End pages review the concepts with simple sentences and illustrations, and illustrate counting to 100 by ones or tens. A useful picture book to introduce mathematical thinking and early numeracy concepts in the primary grades.