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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989)

by Jon Scieszka

Other authors: Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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Summary: One of the oldest stories retold from the viewpoint of the villain, this story covers that even villains have their own story to tell. Followed with a great storyline, and beautiful illustrations to help tie the storyline together, this story gives the Wolf his due, and shows his true colors!

Personal Reaction: This is such a timeless tale, with a twist! I absolutely loved this storyline and think it gave the Wolf a totally different angle than what is traditionally known.

Classroom extensions: I think a really great idea would be to have students design a house that would withstand the wolf. I also think it would be great for students to decorate a cake for grandma since the wolf never got to finish making one! ( )
  CelesteJoy | Aug 23, 2015 |
This is a great book to use when teaching point of view. Read the "The Three Little Pigs" where the protagonist is the pig and then read this one where the protagonist is suddenly the wolf. ( )
  kkaspy | Jul 25, 2015 |

This book is about what actually happened in the story of the big bad wolf and the three little pigs. It is told by the wolf himself, it is his side of the story. Throughout the whole book the wolf had a nasty cold, that’s why he kept huffing, and puffing the whole time. The only reason he went to each of the three little pig’s house was because, he needed a cup of sugar to bake his grandmother a birthday cake. The “Big Bad Wolf” was actually not bad at all, the news just framed him that way to make the story more interesting.


I do not have a personal connection with this book, but I love the original story of the Three Little Pigs. I have never read this book until the other day for this project, but I thought it was really cool to hear the wolf’s side of the story. It was a really cute twist to the story of the Three Little Pigs.


I could pair the students up into groups of 3 or 4 and have them build a house using only tooth picks and glue. They could build the house however they wanted. They could make it big or small, skinny or fat, it would be completely up to them.

Since the wolf never got the cup of sugar to make his grandmother a birthday cake, each student could draw and color the wolf’s grandmother a birthday cake.

At the end of the story the poor wolf ended up in jail. Each student could write him a letter to try and help cheer him up a little.
  A_Kolinski | Jul 15, 2015 |
Alexander T. Wolf is now in jail for crimes against the three little pigs. Wolf told his side of the story, he only wanted to borrow a cup of sugar to bake his granny a cake. He had a bad head cold that day and the sneezing fits he was having were mistake for the "huffing and puffing." The first two pigs died because when the house caved in it crushed them. HE didn't want to let "food" go to waste so he ate them. When he got to the third pigs house the cops who are also pigs were there to arrest him

Personal: This book is much deeper than most children would understand. This book discusses accidental crimes and how he shouldn't be blamed for something that he didn't mean to do. Anther thing this story brings up is the treatment of minorities in society. Looking at the pictures we can see that Wolf is the minority among pigs. Instead of getting his story they scapegoated him and stereotypes that just because he was a wolf he must be guilty.

Extension: This book could really be used in a variety of scenarios. This book can be especially great in areas with a lot of minorities to teach them how the media can and will change news stories t make them worse than they actually are.
  M_Graham | Jul 3, 2015 |
Illustrations: Oil and Acrylic Painting chemical reaction
Age Group: 4-8
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  a.coote | Jun 5, 2015 |
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This is a great resource when talking about fractured fairy tales.
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Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs. Or at least they think they do. But I'll let you in on a little secret. Nobody knows the real story, because nobody has ever heard my side of the story.
To Jeri and Molly
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Everyone knows the story of the Three Little Pigs.
Hey, it's not my fault wolves eat cute little animals like bunnies and sheep and pigs...If cheeseburgers were cute, folks would probably think you were Big and Bad, too.
The real story is about a sneeze and a cup of sugar.
I don't know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it's all wrong
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This story has a great lead, so good for teaching how to make a lead.
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"There has obviously been some kind of mistake," writes Alexander T. Wolf from the pig penitentiary where he's doing time for his alleged crimes of 10 years ago. Here is the "real" story of the three little pigs whose houses are huffed and puffed to smithereens... from the wolf's perspective. This poor, much maligned wolf has gotten a bad rap. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a sneezy cold, innocently trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make his granny a cake. Is it his fault those ham dinners--rather, pigs--build such flimsy homes? Sheesh.

This 10th-anniversary edition of Jon Scieszka's New York Times Best Book of the Year, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, includes a special, impassioned letter from prisoner A. Wolf himself and a snappy new jacket by Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith, whose quirky perspectives still color the illustrations throughout. As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, the collaborators take a classic story and send it through the wisecracker machine, much to the glee of kids young and old. (Ages 4 to 8 or much, much older) --Emilie Coulter

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