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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (original 1989; edition 1996)

by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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Title:The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Authors:Jon Scieszka
Other authors:Lane Smith (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (1996), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:traditional literature, fiction, Picture Books
Tags:animals, funny, fairy tale, point of view

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (1989)



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I really liked that this book told the story from the wolf's point of view. This allows students to see and hear how there can be many different versions of a story. I also like that this book gave a clear conflict, which students struggle with sometimes. The problem isn't about the wolf being mean, rather then him needing sugar. I also like the pictures. The pictures were very colorful and clearly showed what each house looked like due to their different materials.
  bmille16 | Mar 25, 2015 |
I loved this book for many reasons. The plot is a twist on the traditional story "The Three Little Pigs." The illustrations are humorous. The character of the wolf can show children that their version of a story may be different from other's. The big idea is to show that one story can have many different versions. ( )
  mzellh1 | Mar 24, 2015 |
This book is about the wolf's perspective of how the three little [igs story happened. Its a fun and interesting story and could get kids thinking about other's perspectives and alternate viewpoints.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
The fractured fairy tale version of the Three Little Pigs. Kids love to compare and contrast this story with other versions of the Three Little Pigs. They also like to rewrite the ending.
  kamijake | Mar 11, 2015 |
This children’s traditional literature book was very entertaining in my opinion. The simplistic, yet silly illustrations really enhanced the humor in this parody. For example, the one page shows the “big bad” wolf with glasses and a suit on thinking about where to get sugar from. I don’t remember the last time I read about a wolf that is kind enough to bake a cake! I also liked that the plot of the story was not what most people expected, and it had a clear conflict- that the wolf was looking for sugar for his granny’s cake, and kept sneezing, which caused the pigs’ houses to fall down. The original version of the story made it seem like the wolf was out to kill the pigs and eat them. It was also funny to read this story told from the wolf’s point of view as well, as it gave a different twist to the plot as the wolf was the protagonist, and makes you feel sympathy for the wolf, because he was simply trying to do a nice thing for his granny by making her a cake. Overall, I really liked this book, and the message it sent across to the reader that there is always two sides to every story. ( )
  akoches | Mar 10, 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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140544518, Paperback)

"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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The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

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