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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 story is about three pigs that build their own homes and a wolf is trying to blow them each down and eat them. The pigs each escape the wolf by jumping off the page. They wander through different classic stories and help other characters jump off their pages too. In the end the wolf tries to eat them one more time but does not succeed. They all just become friends.

Personal Reaction:
I enjoyed this book because it was not your normal Three little pigs story you heard growing up. The author did a great job making it new and exciting.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1.In the classroom the children can make up their own version of Three Little Pigs like this author did.
2.We could also draw our own picture of how our Three Little Pigs story would have went. ( )
  christyb2020 | Sep 17, 2014 |

A twist of the traditional telling of The Three Little Pigs, this story opts to give the reader a chance to explore what might have happened if the Three Little Pigs had been able to escape out of the story away from the wolf.

My Reaction:

This story was a clever twist on the traditional telling of the Three Little Pigs. I believe young children will especially enjoy breaking with tradition to follow the pigs as they leap from their own story to visit other story lines. The addition of different types and styles of illustration that include different color pallettes and black and white pictures, provide an open opportunity for young readers to allow their imagination to explore the possibilities of "what if."

Classroom Extension Ideas:

1. After reading this book, encourage the students to create their own Twisted Fairy Tale that begins with a traditional story and subverts the ending.

2. Divide the students into groups of four, with each group of four assigned a traditional story book. After they read their assigned story, rearrange the students with one member of each group creating a new group. Each new group will rebuild a new story, using input from each of the new group members and the story they read in the first group. This exercise will encourage teamwork and create some very interesting mixed up stories. ( )
  MaryMK | Sep 12, 2014 |
Summary of the Book
This Caldecott Medal book is a different take of the classical story, of the three little pigs. In the beginning of the story, a pig builds his home from straw and the wolf blows it down. Just when the wolf is about to eat the pig, another pig comes from behind the illustration and helps him escape. The pigs travel through the story and others like it, until they return to their original story. They make up their own ending to their own story.

Personal Reaction
This story reminds me of the saying that you make what you want from your life. Life is what one makes of it. If one wants a different kind of life they have to power to work towards that and eventually achieve it.

Extension Ideas
Begin by reading a new book to the students. Have each student make up their own alternate ending. Upon completion have each student read aloud.
  readcindyread | Sep 9, 2014 |
This old fairy tale has a new spin on it. The book combines the use of old stories to portray a new story. Very cute and fun book.
  SRThompson | Sep 8, 2014 |
When the three little pigs escape their story and start moving around in other fairy tales, hijinks ensue. May take a few readings for small children to get it, but it would be a great part of a unit on folktales. ( )
  kradish | Jul 30, 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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