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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:easy, imagination, p-up

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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)


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This book has always been one of my favorite books. The Three Pigs is about three pigs that go and collect items to build them a house. One pig collects straw to build his house. Another pig collects sticks to build his house. The last pig collects bricks to build his house with. But, the big bad wolf comes and blows down the first pigs house, then the pig runs to the other pigs house. The wolf then shows up at that house and blows it down. Both pigs run to the pig that built his house out of bricks. The wolf shows up and tries to blow that house down but, he cannot blow the brick house down. This book has been read to me since I was a little kid and will never get over how much I love this book.
  aensley | Feb 9, 2016 |
This book takes a clever twist on the old, traditional fairy tale, "The Three Little Pigs". Instead of traditional ending that everyone knows, the pigs escape the pages of the book, leaving the hungry wolf confused. The pigs run around in a realm outside of the storybook pages and enter into various other stories. They bring along a dragon and a cat from other stories and enter back into their original story to defeat the wolf once and for all. I can see why this book won a Caldecott Medal for its illustrations. The illustrations, with are done with watercolor, gouache, colored inks, pencil, and colored pencil, are engaging, as readers read/listen to the text and then follow along their journey with the pictures. As the pigs, dragon, and cat "jump out" of their own story frame, the illustrations and design change depending on the style of the story they are in. The illustrations also use speech bubbles emerging from the pigs and other animals to represent their casual conversations outside of the actual story of "The Three Little Pigs".

Fantasy Fiction, Fairytale (Folklore)
This book belongs to the folklore genre because it is a type of fairytale. The original story, "The Three Little Pigs" has no original author, and was passed down orally, which is why it is classified as folklore. It is further classified as a fairytale because it has a fantasy/magical appeal; the animals talk to one another.

(1) Since this story differs from the traditional "Three Little Pigs" fairytale, I could have students compare this to the traditional fairytale. What is different? How is it similar?
(2) Students could pick various well-known fairytales and rewrite the ending. ( )
  akgingerich | Feb 7, 2016 |
This starts out as the story of the three pigs, but the pigs quickly escape their story and find their way into other stories. Along the way, the cat with the fiddle and a dragon with a golden rose escape their stories and follow the pigs. The cat and dragon decide to return to the pigs' story with the pigs. The pigs, dragon, and cat are happy to be living together. The wolf was quite surprised, however.

Personal Reaction:
I loved the twist on this story. It took an old tale and made it into a new and enjoyable story all over again. It was very funny and had me carefully looking at each page to make sure I wasn't missing anything.

Classroom Extension:
Let the students pick one of their favorite stories and let them retell it with a twist like this story did.
Or let the students make up their completely new tale and let their imaginations run wild. Let them illustrate their story too.
  robinkluth1980 | Feb 7, 2016 |
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 |
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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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