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  • Published: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780061123252 (trade bdg.)
  • 0061123250 (trade bdg.)
  • 9780061123269 (lib. bdg.)
  • 0061123269 (lib. bdg.)


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Not a stick

by Portis, Antoinette.

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Call number: E POR

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An imaginative young pig shows some of the many things that a stick can be.

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Love this book

We love "Not a Box" and this was just as good!

Great book - brought back great memories!

This book is wonderful. It shows how the child's imagination is creating something completely different out of a seemingly ordinary object like a "stick". Each scene first has the adult telling the piglet to "be careful" or "watch what you're doing" with that stick. And then the second part of the scene shows us what the piglet is pretending the stick to be whether it be a sword or a conductor's baton.

For me, this book brought back a lot of wonderful memories because my brother had such a stick (and still has it in his "childhood memories" box). On any given day it was a sword, a conductor's baton, a horse, a gun/bazooka (he was hooked on G.I. Joe), a fishing pole, or anything else his imagination could come up with. So reading this book brought memories of all those fun times flooding back.

If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out the other book by this author with a similar theme, "Not a Box" (which I tried to link to but can't).

Imagination Required

Great picture book that shows two versions of the same scene. First is the adult version, admonishing and cautioning the protagonist about his stick. The second version shows the little pigs imagination of what he's doing with his non-stick. My son, who is 4 1/2, loved the book, especially the second to last scene. He gave the book an enthusiastic 5 stars.

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