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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:easy, imagination, p-up

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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)

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Wiesner creates beautiful illustrations that pull the reader into the story. In Three Pigs it’s the characters that are pulled out of the story instead. It’s an retelling of the three little pigs but instead of running to one another’s houses, they run out of the story. They pick up a cat and a dragon along the way. This is not a personal favorite since the story doesn’t flow particularly well when read aloud. It’s not quite the caliber of his other books like Tuesday which is essentially wordless. It relies heavily on the images but the use of words and images is still a little choppy. That said I would absolutely recommend this to Wiesner lovers and readers looking for retold tales. ( )
  Anna.Nash | Mar 17, 2014 |
I did not like this book because of two main reasons. The first is that it was very hard to read. Most of the text was in speech bubbles coming from the pigs’ mouths. It was hard to follow along with who was talking first and what they were talking about. Also this book was a mix of many different traditional fairy tales, one of them being the three little pigs. This book mixed them all up and some of the fairytales I did not even know. The main message of this book was that there was no violence in the end and by working together the pigs were able to create their own future and they lived happily ever after. ( )
  tsmith44 | Feb 27, 2014 |

The Three Little Pigs by David Wiesner was a new version of an old classic. It really provided a unexpected twist. The pictures are really well illustrated and about halfway through the book the story changes and the pigs break out and the story takes an unexpected twist.

Personal Reaction to the book:

I personally enjoyed the book, but found the part where the pigs break out to be a bit confusing. The pictures were twisted and it added an element of confusion. I prefer the original version but I am partial to classics. I did however, enjoy the illustrations.

Extension Ideas:

1. This is the perfect book to teach the class about unexpected events because they would be expecting the classic version. I would read the book and occasionally have them predict what will happen next and have a short discussion after the book is finished.

2. This story is also a good story to teach the kids about building things and quality. I would have them build houses out of the same materials used in the book and then we would test them to see which was the strongest and best quality. ( )
  AngelaBates | Feb 12, 2014 |
Different version, made us go back to look at the details of the illustrations. ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
Ok, this may be a children's book, but who cares. Picture books are for anyone. If you're someone who likes re-tellings of fairy tales, then this is the book for you. Most everyone knows the story of the three little pigs. But what would happen if the three little pigs decided to switch things around and rewrite their own story?
This story not only has the story of the three little pigs, but also a couple other stories. This book is full of fun and humor. It is fun to read not only the storyline, but to also look at the pictures. By reading this story, you can see the different styles of art that can be used in stories. This story is one that you should pick up to either read with a younger group, or to just enjoy for yourself. ( )
  adventures | Feb 1, 2014 |
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:58:56 -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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