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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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In my opinion this is an excellent book. The writing is similar to a story we are all familiar with—the three little pigs. However, the author adds an exciting twist by having the book told from the point of view of the wolf. Hey its not my fault wolfs eat cute little animals like bunnies and sheep and pig. That’s just the way we are. If cheeseburgers were cute folks would probably think you were big and bad too”. This descriptive writing makes the old tale come to life. Also by including the reader in the comparison on what we eat and what they eat, the author engages the reader. Additionally like I stated before, the point of view on this story makes it very interesting to the reader. For example, “I’m the wolf, Alexander T. Wolf, but you can call me Al”. This first person point of view from the wolf adds a new twist on an old and dull story. Overall, I think the big idea is perspective. I think this book challenges the readers view on tales, and how the story might change depending on the perspective of who tells it. In the past, everyone has always thought of the wolf as a villain in this story; however, his perspective is that he wasn’t being wasteful. ( )
  eyork1 | Oct 7, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. First of all, the plot was hilarious. The story is based off of the original Three Little Pigs, but this one is told from the perspective of the wolf. His perspective is a lot different from the pigs. In this version, the wolf is the good guy/hero. I also enjoyed the illustrations in this book. They were visually appealing. I like how the "true story" is illustrated in a newspaper format, like it's breaking news. I think the main message of this story is to recognize that there are (at least) two sides to every story. People must keep in mind who is telling them something and understand that it may be bias. ( )
  jwrigh28 | Sep 30, 2015 |
I liked this book because of how creative and funny it is. First, Scieszka takes a popular story that everyone knows ("The Three Little Pigs") and spins it around from the wolf's perspective. It is unique because we don't usually read the point of view of the "bad guy" in stories. The writing remained organized and consistent as it told the same story of "The Three Little Pigs" just in a different perspective. Having the plot revolve around the wolf going to the pig's house asking for sugar as the plot is a creative way to tell the story because in the original story, we don't have that piece of information. I found it funny when the wolf mentioned how the pigs weren't that bright for building houses out of straws and sticks because I know myself and many readers probably wonder think the same thing when reading the original story. I also love how the illustrations made the pigs look like the "bad guys" of the story by giving them an evil look on their face. As enjoyable as this book was to read, one could take away a purpose of not jumping to conclusions and judgement of a person without knowing their perspective. ( )
  blim3 | Sep 24, 2015 |
This version of the story is a little different from the classic three little pigs it tells the "true" story from the wolfs view of what really happened with the three little pigs. This book is very enjoyable and something different to read. In the classroom you can talk to the students about who has the power in the book and if you think the wolf is really telling the truth. The illustrations are a little different in this book but still portrays the story well. ( )
  cajensen | Sep 24, 2015 |
"The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," is a spin off of the classic Three Little Pigs story. This book is the wolfs side of the story. The wolf goes about his story telling exaggerating lies to make him sound creditable. This book would be an okay book to use in the classroom; you could discuss how there are always two sides of a story. This book would be best used in a 2-3rd grade room because they are at the age where they are very familiar with the classic tale. The illustrations go in an AB order. The first picture with show the pigs side of the story and how horrible the wolf is, the B set is the wolf explaining that yes it may look bad but it wasn't the case. ( )
  JTansom | Sep 23, 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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