Friday, October 19, 2018

READ-4-LUCK: Porcupine's Pie

By Laura Renauld

READ-4-LUCK includes a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers.

  1 Clover: Not bad. Might read twice.

  2 Clovers: Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.

  3 Clovers: Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.

  4 Clovers: Multiple readings please! May just have to buy it.

Summary of Porcupine's Pie

Author: Laura Renauld
Illustrator: Jennie Poh
Publisher: Beaming Books
Year: 2018
Word Count: About 428
Age: 4-8
Topic: fall, pie, forest animals
Theme: friendship, gratitude, teamwork, sharing
Resources: See the Teachers Section Below

Porcupine can't wait to share Fall Feast with her woodland friends, so when everyone she greets is unable to bake their specialty due to a missing ingredient, Porcupine generously offers staples from her pantry. When Porcupine discovers that she, too, is missing a key ingredient, the friends all work together to create a new Fall Feast tradition.


Children will likely want this read to them again and again. After the first reading, they will delight in looking at the illustrations to discover all the times Porcupine dropped his cranberries.


Parents of 4-8 year olds may want to buy a copy for a fun Thanksgiving time activity. There's even a recipe in the back for Friendship Pie!


Teachers could use Porcupine's Pie to introduce a unit on fall, friendship, teamwork, sharing, or Thanksgiving. There are plenty of patterns with words and repetition. It would be fun to teach a math lesson or a language lesson with this book. And bake a pie together as a class.


There is plenty to study in this book, as a picture book writer. Plot arc, patterns, and language make Porcupine's Pie a great mentor text.

Got a book you'd like to recommend? Or one you want me to review? Share in the comments!

You might also like: Preschool, Passion, and Prickly Porcupines, an Interview with Picture Book Author, Laura Renauld

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  1. I love this book! Can't wait to read it!

    1. I'm glad you're excited about it. I think you can pre-order now.


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