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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
Rating:****
Tags:easy, imagination, p-up

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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)

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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 |
Summary: The three pigs starts out like the story of the three pigs everyone has heard about, but then it takes an interesting turn as you turn each page. The pigs come out of the story and goes into other children stories that everyone has read before. The pigs play around and have fun with their stories and other characters from other stories.

Personal Reaction: When I saw the title, I expected to hear the same old story like I have heard before. I was surprised with the way the story was going, and I could not guess what was going to happen next.

Extension Ideas:
1. You could have the kids make their own version of the three pigs.
2. You could have the kids make their own pigs mask and act out their oown story of the three pigs.
  Alicia917934 | Jul 17, 2015 |
Caldecott Medal (2002), Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (2001). Unique retelling of the original classic.
  CindyMcClain | Jul 15, 2015 |
Weisner creates another bizarre & wonderful story that takes you someplace unexpected. The pigs discover they can avoid the wolf by leaving the pages of the book. Together they discover other picture books, like "Hey, Diddle Diddle" and a story about a knight come to slay a dragon. After adding the cat & the fiddle and the dragon join the 3 pigs, they all go back to the 3rd pig's house, evade the wolf in a new way & settle down together, leaving a puzzled wolf on the hillside out the window. This would be a fun book to use with older students before a retold tale writing assignment or to explore the idea of a book within a book. The artwork is amazing & shows a difference visually between the characters inside the images & outside the book. How do authors manipulate text in similar ways?
  TeachrBkMom | Jul 8, 2015 |
Summary: This story starts out the traditional way with pigs and a wolf, and then something interesting happens. The pigs escape between the panels of their story and begin to travel through the panels of other traditional stories. As they travel through the other stories they bring their characters with them along the way, including a cat and a dragon. When they finally make their way back to their own story the wolf is still there waiting, but is scared away by the dragon.

Personal Reactions: This book was really cool. It was interesting to see something so original and unique. The art in this story is definitely an enhancing interaction. Without the art, the words would mean absolutely nothing. The only downside to this book is that it would be extremely confusing for kids, and it would be very hard to explain.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Read the original three little pigs story.
2. Build houses like the pigs did in their story.
  hwheeler13 | Jul 8, 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.
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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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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:32 -0400)

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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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