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3 Tales Retold and Illustrated

by Edward Miller

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Summary: This book contains three popular fairy tales; The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. In the Three Little Pigs the brothers want to build houses to protect themselves from the wolf. The first builds his house out of bricks, the second out of straw, and the third out of bricks. The wolf is able to blow down the first two houses and swallow the pigs. When he gets to the third pig's house he cannot blow it down so he tries to trick the pig into going to the garden with him. When the wolf learns the pig already went to the garden he tries to go down the chimney but he is too fat so he coughs the other two pigs up. He then slides right down into a big pot of boiling water. In Goldilocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks wanders into the house after the bears go for a walk. She eats their porridge until she finds one that is just right, tests their chairs, and falls asleep in baby bear's bed. The bears come home to empty bowls, a broken chair, and a girl sleeping upstairs. She helps them to fix everything up before she leaves. In Three Billy Goats Gruff the brothers want to cross a bridge to get to a better pasture but there is a mean troll who lives under the bridge. When the first two goats cross the troll threatens to eat them but they tell him to wait for their older and larger brother. When the last goat goes to cross the bridge he too is confronted by the troll. The troll says he is going to eat him and the goat uses his horns to knock him off the bridge.

Review: I liked that the author chose to include three classic fairy tales in one book. The stories are all short ad easy to read. They also include many of the basic elements of fantasy such as things happening in threes (in this case the characters). The illustrations went perfectly with each story and really helped to join the three stories together. They were bright and colorful and supported each story. I think think this would be a great book to use with younger students who are just learning to read or who are learning about fairy tales. ( )
  kkerns3 | Oct 28, 2014 |
This book shares three fairy tales and uses good textual features to aid the context of the story. Textual features are used in at least two different ways. One way it is used is through the font size and style throughout each story. For example, for "Three Little Pigs", the word "blow" has larger font size, uses seven "o's" instead of one, and the letters follow a curved line. This helps express the action of the wolf blowing at the houses to make them fall down. There are also words that are larger than the rest of the text and bolded. This creates emphasis on these words which helps understand the content and illustrations. Textual features are also used within the illustrations. For example, the wolf falls into a pot of boiling turnip soup in the first story. In the second story, there is a newspaper on the floor that reads, "WOLF IS SOUP!". This creates connections between the different fairy tales in this book. There is also a line of "Z's" coming out of Goldilock's mouth to show she is sleeping. Next to the bed she is sleeping in, a bookshelf contains books based on the other two fairy tales in the picture book. The central message of the book is that no matter what conflict arises, there is always a way to get through it. ( )
  GinaBayne | Oct 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805079165, Hardcover)

Three classic fairy tales all dressed up in new clothes for contemporary readers

Fairy tales play an integral role in child development as they introduce the tenets of storytelling and the concept of good and evil. Here are three beloved fairy tales bound up in one fresh edition, newly retold and illustrated in Edward Miller's bold and inviting style. This timeless picture book is perfect for parents and children to read together.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:23 -0400)

Contains illustrated retellings of three classic tales; including "The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and "Three Billy Goats Gruff."

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