The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs
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Annotation: A retelling of the classic story of the three little pigs who build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks, and the big, bad wolf who tries to blow their houses down and eat them.
Genre: Fairy tales
Catalog Number: #5152531
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: North-South Books
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 32
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: 0-7358-4058-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-7358-4058-4
Dewey: 398.24
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Subject Heading:
Pigs. Folklore.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this telling of the classic story, a mother pig sends her three sons out into the world to seek their fortunes. The first little pig makes a house of straw, the second builds a house of sticks, and the third constructs a brick house. The wolf blows down the first two homes but, foiled by smoke pouring from the third pig's chimney, he runs into the forest and is never seen again. The third pig brings his mother and brothers to stay in the sturdy brick house. The text reads aloud well and, though some will miss the rough justice of the traditional version, many parents will appreciate that the pigs and even the wolf escape in the end. There is plenty of dramatic action in the line-and-watercolor artwork, which depicts the countryside in autumn as warmly lit and full of small animals observing and reacting to events and living their own intriguing lives. A fine picture-book version of a favorite nursery tale.
Horn Book
The first two pigs easily escape the wolf, who, unable to blow down the third pig's house, runs off, never to be seen again, while the three pigs and their mother settle down to "live happily in the little brick house." Soft, bucolic, detailed pencil art illustrates this kinder, gentler retelling that is definitely not for purists.
Kirkus Reviews
A candy-colored version of the classic tale completely lacks teeth and claws. The three little pigs' widowed mother sends them out into the world to make their way. The first, carrying his guitar on his back, begs a kind man for the straw he carries and builds himself a nice little house. The wolf comes by, the predictable conversation ensues and the piggy escapes. The second pig carries his brushes and papers, asks a kind man for some sticks and builds a place with an easel en plein air. The house has a convenient back door, so he too escapes when the wolf does his thing. The third pig, carrying his tools, is clearly into construction; his carefully built brick house (bricks a gift of a third kind man) is gorgeous. The wolf tries the chimney, is smoked out and runs away, the third pig collects his mom and siblings and they live happily ever after. Sunny colors and lots of cute details make for pleasant page-turning: Pig number two sits reading a version of Little Red Riding Hood in the last scene, possibly trying to track down the latest venue of the wolf. Devoid of energy, but greeting-card pretty. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3&12; With any retelling of a well-known tale, success is often in the details. Here, Watts's illustrations incorporate bright reds and yellows to liven up this old favorite while adding humor and personality to the forest minutiae. Each pig's accessories and animal companions give clues to his personality and common sense (or lack thereof). The first brother carries a guitar, the flock of songbirds at his straw house hinting at his free spirit, whereas the second brother's paintbrushes and stick house attract squirrels preparing for winter. The third brother's brick house and sensible chicken coop were no doubt painstakingly constructed with his trusty shovel and tools. After the pesky wolf has done his huffing and puffing and is sent running for the forest, the reunion between mother pig and her sons is as warm and satisfying as her freshly baked pie looks. While not extraordinary in the retelling, the art earns this adaptation a place in the good company of other pig trio tales.&12; Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
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Word Count: 631
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 151378 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD650L
Guided Reading Level: Y

Bernadette Watts' stunning and richly detailed illustrations make this a retelling of The Three Little Pigs a keeper!  In addition to the adorable pigs and expressive big bad wolf, Watt's adds a bevy of endearing animals that befriend the little pigs and add interest to this classic story time favorite.

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