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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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Tags:Children's picture book

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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)


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The traditional story of the three pigs takes an interesting twist. I loved the way the pictures really jump out of the page and almost interact with the reader. ( )
  chelseaandrews | Feb 2, 2016 |
The story starts it as the typical faith tale about the 3 little pigs and the wolf who tried to blow their houses down. Although we realize as the story lines are saying one thing, the illustrations are showing another. The pigs escape the fox and get out of their fairy tale by "jumping" into other fairy tales and fables. The pigs go on an adventure to other places and tales and meet other characters along the way. The illustration in this book is so important because without it, the story would not make sense. The lines of the story and the actual illustrations have to coincide and blend in order to make sense to the reader. It is interesting how the art starts out a particular way for the pig story and then changes when we jump into a bedtime story for children into more soft, colors with muted lines and shapes, and changes yet again when we jump to a story of a dragon to more detailed, black and white illustrations. These details make it actually seem as if the reader is "jumping into" another book or story. ( )
  NoelAbadie | Jan 27, 2016 |
Everyone knows the story of the The Three Pigs and the Big bad Wolf. This story however takes the Three Little Pigs and throws them into the world of imagination and allows them to explore and discover nee friends and experiences.

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I have always been creative as a child and this story is one that I loved because it branched off into a new and exciting direction.

Classroom Extensions:
1. The students will take a classic fairytale and add their own creative twist and flair to the story.
2. The students will practice critical thinking exercises while learning to thing outside the box of what is considered "normal".
3. Students will discuss their own unique talents and ideas and this will help to diversify the classroom and allow for the students to become better associated with one another. ( )
  nataliegent | Jan 20, 2016 |
Wiesner revolutionized this tale of the three little pigs with his narration and amazing illustrations. It would be very interesting to see a text-set collection on just the three little pigs to see how the different versions compare and contrast.
  sierragriggs | Dec 18, 2015 |
I love this book for multiple reason the writing and the illustrations are the main two though. When it comes to the writing it is so engaging and a great twist on a well know book. The Three Pigs is the new version of The Three Little Pigs and takes the characters into other stories. This twist is also noticeable in the illustration because the illustrations change between artistic styles multiple times. It makes the story really interesting look at as well as read. ( )
  cbucci1 | Dec 6, 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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