The Amazing Bone

  • Title: The Amazing Bone
  • Author: William Steig
  • Illustrator: William Steig
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication year: 1976
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“A lonely pig named Pearl dawdles long enough in a field of dandelions to meet a bone who speaks to her.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found this teacher guide from Novel Units that could be used in conjunction with this book. And I think this book could be used in multiple grades because the text is lyrical and involves higher vocabulary words.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I will say there are some illustrations that I am not sure would go over as well with younger children. One page has two illustrations: one is of the robbers pointing guns at the cowering at Pearl the Pig and the other one is of one of the robbers pointing a gun at Pearl the Pig’s head. These illustrations are a little extreme for smaller children but maybe older children would be able to process these images.

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