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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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Awards: Caldecott Award
Age Group: 4-8
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  a.coote | Jun 5, 2015 |
Everyone knows the typical story of the Three Little Pigs. This book however threw the traditional story aside and took a completely new, fresh spin on the story. The modern fantasy begins just as any other "three little pig" story, but quickly shifts gears as the first pig hops out of the story and into the writer's world. The plot twists and turns with the pigs hopping in and out of stories, making friends along the way. The pace is rather fast, yet it is still easy for the reader to follow as it is whimsical and flowing. The illustrations in the story are different than Wiesner's typical illustrations. The original story is cartoon like while his twist on the story shows the pigs in more realistic painting. Overall, I loved the creative liberty that Wiesner took and found it to be a humorous story that allowed the illustrations to guide the reader's mind. ( )
  agates5 | May 4, 2015 |
This book is a modern fantasy play on the story of the three little pigs. When the wolf goes to blow the first pig's house down he blows the pig right out of the story. This pig then follows the story and has his two friends join him outside of the story, where the wolf can't get them. My favorite part of the story is when the 3 little pigs go and explore other favorite stories. If you like classic children's stories, you will love this book. The author does a great job of redefining a beloved, classic tale. ( )
  kvelin | Apr 20, 2015 |
This story tells the basic story of the three little pigs that many children have heard before in their life time. As you read this story, you will find that it is anything but a basic folktale. The repetitive lines capture the attention of children making them want to keep reading. In the middle of the story, the plot is completely altered, as the true story begins. The pigs are now exploring a new world. This world is a world they have never experienced before. It is a story of new adventures and taking chances. It is not a classic story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf.The story line takes a twist into a new adventure with the three pigs as the somewhat narrators of their own story. I would read this interesting book to a group of first-second graders because I feel as though they would understand the concept of new adventures more in depth. ( )
  mbabst | Apr 19, 2015 |
Gifted to me by a friend, who was mostly captivated by the illustrations, this book is a wonderful reminder that stories of old do not always have to end the way they always did. Stories can be written; the past is not just something to dwell upon. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 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.
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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