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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
Rating:****
Tags:animals, funny, fairy tale, point of view

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs tells the story for the point of view of the wolf and how the original story is wrong. It's a great story for upper elementary students because although there is a little violence, student learn about different points of view. ( )
  MollyMcConaughey | Mar 17, 2017 |
A wonderful take on the classic tale of the three little pigs. Author Jon Scieszka, made an old story better by giving the wolf's side of the story. A funny, exciting tale that will have your child laughing the whole time! Homewards may be difficult for younger readers, however. Overall one of my personal favorites, and a classic in my eyes. ( )
  Christopher_279 | Mar 15, 2017 |
It is a good fantasy book in watercolors. The setting of the story is believable and the plot is logically consistent through the criteria of the of the story world. As A. Wolf puts it, the whole thing of the story Three Little Pig was just a big misunderstanding. One of those events that get blown way out of proportion. The wolf was just looking to borrow a cup of sugar for his poor bed-ridden granny. He wanted to make a cake for her, but finding himself lacking the necessary ingredients he went to his nearest neighbor to borrow some. Now here’s where it all went higgledy-piggledy. The pig (living in a straw home) didn’t answer the door and the wolf had a bad cold. By pure bad luck he accidentally sneezed the home down and, in effect, killed the pig. Thinking it a bad idea to waste pork, the wolf ate the pig and decided to try another neighbor. And so it went until he got to the brick house and was shortly, thereafter, arrested. And all for the want of a cup of sugar. ( )
  SSilvia | Mar 6, 2017 |
This story is great for story sequencing and text-to-text comparisons. Students can relate this to the typical story and infer what happens in the end, who they believe, etc. ( )
  rri002 | Mar 3, 2017 |
This book was creative, funny, and had amazing visuals. The illustrations in the book were amazing and very funny; on one of the first pages there was a picture of his grandma hanging on the wall and the grandma looked like him. The author added creativity with making the book say that it was written by A. Wolf, which I thought was very clever. The artist, Lane Smith, Also used straw, bricks, and wood to make the first letter of the story, which I thought was very creative. The plot of the story was funny and coincided with the real three little pigs story perfectly. Instead of the wolf being the bad guy in this story, Jon Scieska created him as a noble man who was just asking his neighbors (the three pigs) for some sugar. Since in the original story, the wolf blows down the pigs houses, in this one, he has a sneeze and he accidentally sneezes and blows their houses down. Jon Scieszka took a traditional story and transformed it into something funny and extremely creative. ( )
  aedwar14 | Feb 23, 2017 |
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A wonderful take on the classic tale of the three little pigs. Author Jon Scieszka, made an old story better by giving the wolf's side of the story. A funny, exciting tale that will have your child laughing the whole time! Homewards may be difficult for younger readers, however. Overall one of my personal favorites, and a classic in my eyes.
 

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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.
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To Jeri and Molly
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Everyone knows the story of the Three Little Pigs.
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:07 -0400)

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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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