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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 enjoyed this book because the illustrations added a lot of character to the story line. This book took an interesting twist on the traditional story of the "Three Little Pigs" by having the wolf be the narrator. On one page in particular, the wolf was trying to defend his diet of eating pigs by comparing it to eating cheeseburgers. The wolf states, "Hey, it's not my fault wolves eat cute little animals like bunnies and sheep and pigs. That's just the way we are. If cheeseburgers were cute, folks would probably think you were Big and Bad, too." The illustration showed a giant cheeseburger with the typical meat, cheese, and lettuce, but as you look closely it also had bunny ears, a rat's tail, and a turtle's head sticking out.. The big idea behind this book is that a traditional story can be modernized to create a new perspective for the readers. ( )
  breannaamos | Sep 26, 2016 |
“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” is a spinoff of the classic tale, The Three Little Pigs. In this story, the author describes the plot from the Wolf's point of view. The author's storytelling is comical and creative as he describes the wolf’s side of the story in great detail. “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” is a classic story for both adults and children who know the original tale. It features sarcastic humor and the story gives you the opportunity to hear the villain’s side of the story, even though in this version, the Wolf doesn't seem like much of a villain after all. I would highly recommend this book for parents and teachers to read to their children to discuss the different types of view points, and also to just have a nice laugh! ( )
  hannahlowe | Sep 25, 2016 |
This is such a funny take on The Three Little Pigs. We never hear the wolf's side of the story, so it is fun to look at a classical tale through a different lens. Highly recommend!
  Katie_Manna | Sep 25, 2016 |
Alexander T. Wolf (Al) tells the real story of the 3 little pigs. He tries to explain his side of the story about what happened when he met the three little pigs. Al begins by saying that the whole Big Bad Wolf thing is all wrong. He says, "the real story is about a sneeze and a cup of sugar." Al was making a birthday cake for his grandmother. He was suffering from a terrible sneezing cold. Al ran out of sugar and went to his neighbors house to ask for a cup of sugar. He went to the first two pigs and blew down their houses because of his sneezing cold. When he went to the third pig, the pig refused to open the door and insulted his grandmother. The police came and arrested the wolf and the media made a huge story of the whole thing. At the end of the story, you see Al in jail asking for a cup of sugar.
I enjoyed reading Al's real story of what happened when he met the three little pigs. We all know the story of the big bad wolf and It was fun reading the story of the three little pigs from the wolf's point of view. I will definitely be using this book in my future classroom.
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This is a great book to use when teaching compare and contrast. I would read both books to the students and have them talk about the similarities and differences in the stories. A venn diagram can be used so that the students can write down what they talked about.
I would also use "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" when teaching point of view. After reading both books to the students I would ask them to write their own version of a fairy tale using a different point of view.
  janetfuentes | Sep 20, 2016 |
This is the story of The Three Little Pigs, but retold from the wolf's perspective. Through this story we get insight on what "really" happened when the houses were destroyed and the intentions behind the wolf. This is a good book for teaching irony and perspectives. ( )
  adb067 | Sep 19, 2016 |
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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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