Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories

By Kristin Sorra (Illustrator); Barbara Gregorich
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618473069, 64pp.)

Publication Date: July 2006

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“Be careful,” said Matilda. “Do not buy a pig in a poke.” “What’s a poke?” asked Darwin.

Yes, what is a poke? And why would Waltur, a bear, buy a pig, anyway?
Together with the help of his best friends, Matilda and Darwin, Waltur is about to find out the wisdom of Matilda’s words. Through trial and error, he will also learn the truths behind two other funny old sayings: “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” (why not?) and “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” (wanna bet?).

About the Author

Barbara Gregorich loves proverbs and folk wisdom, particularly about animals and especially about horses. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Praise For Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories

"Gregorich's . . . prose tickles nascent readers while building their confidence. Sorra's . . . chipper spot watercolors add just the right touch of comic visual stimuli." --PW, starred Publishers Weekly, Starred

"In an entertaining early-reader chapter book, Gregorich tells three funny animal stories that dramatize idioms and play with words in a cozy domestic setting. . . . The wordplay will appeal to kids as much as the wry outcomes." ––Booklist Booklist, ALA

"The author makes excellent use of repetition, sight words, and engaging dialogue...These clever and accessible tales will capture the interest of young readers." School Library Journal

"An amusing way to introduce the idea of metaphor - or wordplay in general." Kirkus Reviews

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