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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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A fun take of the the traditional three little pigs. The pigs get blown out of the story, and the third wall is broken. The pigs go traveling through other stories, collecting friends along the way.
  rachel.mcconville | Jul 24, 2016 |
This Caldecott Medal-winning picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jul 10, 2016 |
24 copies 4/24/15
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book! First, the illustrations enhanced the text. For example, the pages include traditional illustrations, but also have a pig at the bottom on the pages with a quote bubble. This extra illustration enhances the text. Second, the plot is at a good pace, and adds twists to the normal three little pigs story. For example, this version includes comics, and adds a pig narrating the story. The main message of this story is not to bully. ( )
  lducke3 | Apr 15, 2016 |
Overall the main idea of this book is to go against the traditional model of telling a story. The Three Pigs was one of my favorite stories back in elementary school. One of those reasons was because this rendition of “The Three Little Pigs” takes a drastic turn from its source material. For example, when the wolf blows the pig’s straw house in, the pig is blown out of the fairy tale completely. From there, the traditional tale ends and the three pigs instead go on adventures to other fables and nursery rhymes such as “Hey Diddle Diddle” and a tale of a knight who is slaying a dragon. Additionally, I also enjoyed how the illustrator drew all of the different kinds of stories. For example, while the pigs look in their own story, they look like a real pig when they are outside of the story, with much more attention to minor details such as shading and texture. Then when they go to the nursery rhyme book the pig’s designs change to more simple, bright, pastel colors like the books that are read to younger children. This change in illustration and cross between multiple fantasy stories was very entertaining. Lastly, I enjoyed the interaction between the illustrations and the text. The best example is when the first pig is blown out of their fairy tale. While the text says that the wolf at the pig up, the wolf shrugs as he is unable to find the pig. All together, these characteristics made the book into an enjoyable read. ( )
  adeite2 | Mar 21, 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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