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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

The Three Pigs (original 2001; edition 2001)

by David Wiesner

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Title:The Three Pigs
Authors:David Wiesner
Info:Clarion Books (2001), Hardcover, 40 pages
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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)


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I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are amazing and enhance the story. The plot is the same but is altered in a way. The author uses the story itself to help the pigs escape from the wolf. The writing is paced well and organized. The big idea of this book is to always try again if you fail because one day you will succeed. ( )
  Tee_Barnett | Sep 30, 2015 |
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner is a captivating book for children. The author begins the story much like the original version of the three little pigs; however, as the story progresses, the reader finds this is an updated spin on the familiar classic. Midway through the book, the author gives the pigs more control of the story and lets a side story line develop. The pigs end up in different stories and make friends with others before returning to their own story to finish their version. He creates an image of wonder and engages the imagination through his illustrations that make the story really fly off the page for a young reader. David Wiesner sets the story up for the pigs to decide their own fate not the wolf. This book allows children to view the traditional story of the Three Little Pigs from a different point of view such as the pigs themselves.
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I first thought this book was going to be the same as the other Three Little Pig books but to my surprise it was different. I was even a little excited to find out what each little pig would do on throughout the book and was very curious as to how the story would end. I think this book will really allow children to be very creative with their imagination and build off of a familiar tale.
Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. A teacher could use this book to teach a lesson over point of view. As an expansion activity, the teacher could also read the original Three Little Pigs and compare the two texts.
2. Also as a fun classroom Extension the teacher could have his or her students creative the three pig’s story with their own ideas on how the book should end.
3. To follow up the creative writing idea the class can then illustrate their own ending.
  KayleeClaunch | Sep 21, 2015 |
This book was very imaginative and transcended the typical boundaries for children's literature. Clever and silly.
  kali.joy | Sep 16, 2015 |
The Three Pigs is an interesting story that puts a spin on the traditional story of the three little pigs. It begins with the same way as the traditional version, but ends with the three pigs getting outside of the pages of the story and finding their way into other classic stories. When they return to their story, they are in the third pig's brick house and the wolf knocks on the door. A new friend from another story they discovered, a very large dragon, answers the door and gets rid of the big bad wolf. The story ends with the three pigs, the dragon, and the cat and the fiddle enjoying soup together.
This is a nice alternative to the traditional story. The plot, though similar, is definitely not the same. The theme is much like the traditional counter-part, but the tone is more comical, cheerful, and creative. Even though everyone has heard the story of the three little pigs, this story is interesting because it entertains while providing an alternate story-line.
The most obvious way this book could be used as a classroom extension, in my opinion, is to show children that there are many different ways to accomplish something. Traditional methods are usually good because they have been tested, but sometimes thinking outside of the box can be just as efficient, or even better. Another option is to teach them to accept help with open arms. Everyone need help sometimes, and instead of following a path to failure, we can look for assistance with our obstacles. Another obvious reason to use this book in the classroom, is to develop reading skill. The largest portions of text come from the classic story of the three pigs that everyone knows. The rest of the text is shorter and very easy to read. For children who are new to reading this book would be good because they can get through largest section of text with their memory of the story, if they need to, and practice their reading through the end of the story. I imagine most classrooms use a version of this story at some point in the school year, and this one would be a good option for children of all ages.
  22antone | Sep 12, 2015 |
Through the exceptional use of different painting styles and typefaces, Wiesner is able to make metafiction easily accessible and engaging to young readers. When Wiesner’s three pigs begin to question the narrative they are a part of, they are literally transformed by this reflective act, poking their more realistic and three-dimensional piggy heads out of the flat storybook world they used to inhabit. His concept, a metafiction version of a classic and moralistic folktale, is incredibly novel and works to further the theme of questioning the path one is expected to take in life and instead making one’s life one’s own through meaningful experiences and connections with others.
  amandahnorman | Jul 20, 2015 |
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The book will intrigue, delight, and puzzle children. (Where did the pig go? What is he standing on? How did the wolf really eat the pig if he goes away? Why does it say so?). Wiesner’s tale turns back on itself to reveal its form, and to show that a story can be protean, metamorphic, and infinitely malleable. We have to co-construct it... But has something been lost? Fear, after all, has been drained completely away.
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Once upon a time there were three pigs who went out into the world to seek their fortune.
The king was determined to own this treasure. So he sent his eldest son to slay the dragon and bring back the golden rose.
Many thanks for rescuing me, O brave and noble swine.
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This book has amazing illustrations and will gets students to see how things do not always have to go as planned.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0618007016, Hardcover)

Once upon a time three pigs built three houses, out of straw, sticks, and bricks. Along came a wolf, who huffed and puffed... So, you think you know the rest? Think again. With David Wiesner at the helm, it's never safe to assume too much. When the wolf approaches the first house, for example, and blows it in, he somehow manages to blow the pig right out of the story frame. The text continues on schedule--"...and ate the pig up"--but the perplexed expression on the wolf's face as he looks in vain for his ham dinner is priceless. One by one, the pigs exit the fairy tale's border and set off on an adventure of their own. Folding a page of their own story into a paper airplane, the pigs fly off to visit other storybooks, rescuing about-to-be-slain dragons and luring the cat and the fiddle out of their nursery rhyme.

Wiesner, Caldecott Medal recipient for Tuesday, and Caldecott Honor winner for both Sector 7 and Free Fall, prefers not to wait around until pigs fly. He gives them wings (or paper airplanes) and sets them on their way! In his latest flight of fancy, Wiesner uses shifting illustration styles and fonts to startle complacent readers into an imaginary world even as they ponder the conventional structure of story. His trademark crafty humor and skewed perspectives will tickle readers pink (even the nonporcine variety)! (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.

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