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Los Tres Pequenos Jabalies / The Three Little Javelinas

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A chile-flavored adaptation of The Three Little Pigs. The story takes place in the Sonoran Desert, where Native American, Mexican, and Anglo cultures blend together.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Cooper Square Pub (first published January 1st 1992)
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Courtney Ennis
In this southwestern version of the Three Little Pigs, the setting takes place in the Sonoran Desert. The storyline is the same but just with different animals and items used to build the houses. The three little javelinas were cousins to a normal pig but were small and very hairy. There were two brothers and one sister walking through the desert but then each found a path and went their own separate ways. The first javelin was taken in a dust storm and ended up in a pile of tumbleweeds. So he d ...more
Lindsay Fischer
This story falls under the fractured fairy tale genre. It takes the story of the three little pigs and gives it a southwestern twist. The pigs are now javelinas and the big bad wolf has transformed into a coyote. Throughout the story the author takes time to explain some of the new southwestern influences like a saguaro and an adobe. The author takes it a step further and incorporates Native American and Spanish words. The book is entertaining and educational. The play on the traditional story ...more
Sally Deem
This book was a hit with my first grade students! In this retelling of The Three Little Pigs, the characters are javelinas which are very similar to warthogs and the setting is in the desert. The javelinas are being hunted by a cunning coyote who chases them relentlessly through the desert. The first javelina builds his house out of tumbleweed, the second one builds his out of saguaro ribs. Coyote huffs and puffs and blows their houses down. The javelinas are saved by their intelligent sister wh ...more
In this version of the traditional beast tale, students are introduced to southwestern/desert culture. The author includes information about the Sonoran Desert and the wild pigs known as javelinas. The author also intertwines this European tale with coyote fables of southwestern natives from southern Arizona and northern Mexico. The wolf is replaced with a coyote that uses his magic that endlessly fails to trick anyone. This beast tale is a terrific and vivid retelling of the Three Little Pigs. ...more
RLL52014_Kayla Pappas
This story is an incredible take on the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs. This story is about The Three Little Javelinas and opens up exciting new doors to teach students about the often mistaken relative of the Pig, the Javelina. My students absolutely love comparing and contrasting this story with the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs. It even excites them more when I tell tehm my stories of when I saw a real, live, Javelina while visiting Arizona. The students loved learning ...more
Cute Southwestern version of the Three Little Pigs tale. The bilingual version is great for trying to learn English or Spanish because the story is so familiar. The illustrations are great for reading to children, and the Native American and Spanish words are spelled out phonetically. It's a very cute adaptation of the tale and brings in some of the Native American and Mexican traditional traits of the old stories of the coyote, who is always getting out-smarted by other animals (think of the cl ...more
The story of the Three Little Javelinas is an American Southwest adaptation of The Three Little Pigs. The Three Little Javelinas (siblings) wanted to seek out their fortunes in the desert. There was a fork in the road and the Javelinas decided to strike out on their separate ways. The two Javelina brothers made poor choices in home building materials and were endangered by a wily coyote. They had to run to their sister’s house for shelter. The sister’s house was made of adobe brick and the coyot ...more
This adaptation of the three little pigs gives a southwestern twist to the original story. The Mexican, Native American, and Anglo cultures are all represented in this story. Javelinas are actually southwestern swine rather than true pigs. The desert is the perfect setting for this southwestern tale and the cultural influences can be seen in the plants (saguaros) and materials used for housing such as saguaros ribs, adobe bricks, and tumbleweeds. There are even some Spanish and Native American w ...more
Rachel Manak
This take on the classic three little pigs is a story many who live in Arizona can relate to. The main characters being a relative of the original, pink pig, live in the desert-Javelinas. The accurately drawn illustrations of the desert landscape give readers a look into what the desert looks like along with the different species that live amongst the cacti, tumbleweeds, and scorching hot desert days. By looking at the illustrations, which are done in a cartoon manner, one can subtly learn about ...more
Melissa Long
This book is set up in a horizontal, landscape, format. The location of the text within the story changes from page to page. Often, the text is on one side of the page and the illustrations on the other. However, a few pages of the book are laid out in a double page spread with the text incorporated within the illustrations. I believe the author did this to allow for the reader to focus on the text and the illustrations all together instead of as two separate pieces. Another interesting aspect o ...more
Carlie Engels
The Three Little Javelinas is a clever and humorous book that should easily entertain children. The Three Little Javelinas is a southwestern adaptation of the familiar: The Three Little Pigs. I thought this was clever because javelinas are also known as 'wild pigs" or as explained in the story, "wild, hairy, southwestern cousins of pigs." Also, instead of the big bad wolf, the author used a coyote. The book is made in landscape format. This could be because the illustrator wanted to capture and ...more
Amy Musser
It was summer in the desert and three little javelinas set off to seek their fortunes. Each hairy javelina took a different path. The first was accidentally swept into a dust storm that collected many tumbleweeds, which he used to make his house in no time at all. The second javalina met a Native American woman who was gathering up the sticks, saguaro ribs, from dried up cactus. He politely asked for a few and built himself a house. The third pig was the smartest. She built her house from adobe ...more
Kristen Scelonge
Grade/Interest Level: Primary (3rd grade)
Reading Level: Lexile level, 540 LAD
Genre: Traditional Literature

Main Characters: Three Javelinas and and the Coyote
Setting: Sonoran Desert
POV: The Three Little Javelinas

This story is based on the folktale The "Three Little Pigs". The book "The Three Little Javelinas" is the tale of three javelina siblings who live in the Sonoran Desert. While on to make a life for each of themselves in the dessert the javelinas are hunted by a hungry coyote. The
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! This could possibly be because I am an Arizona native and it reminds me of home. I love that the book is written in Spanish and English (especially because there are many Hispanic and English students in Arizona). I think this is a great way to help Hispanic students learn English because it is a classic fairy tale with a twist. They already know the story and if they get confused they can just look over and see the Spanish which will help them understand the story better. I ...more
Lindsey Watson
This folktale is very similar to the traditional story of, The Three Little Pigs. This story is very similar to the traditional story but has a Spanish twist. This story takes places in Sonoran Desert, where Native American, Mexican, and Anglo cultures are all blended together and included throughout the book. The main protagonist in this story is coyote instead of the big bad wolf like in the traditional story. The three little javelinas set out to find their fortune. The first javelina ran int ...more
Jessica Winden
The three little javelinas set out to find their fortune. The path split and each javelina took a different path. The first javelina ran into a dust storm and decided to build a house out of tumbleweeds. The evil coyote blew the house down and in the mess the javelina escaped and went to find his brother and sister. The second javelina made his house of sticks (saguaro rib house). While wondering around the first little javelina found his brother and his stick house and decided to move in. The c ...more
Sarah Erbes
a. author: Susan Lowell illustrator: Jim Harris
b. genre: Picture/Multicultural
c. publication date: 1992
d. annotation:
-The story follows the traditional Three Little Pigs story, but it is set in the Southwest. The pigs are called javelinas and the wolf is a coyote.

-The variety of the setting in this story adds a great amount of detail to the reader. The author provides definitions of the different items in the story and a translation on different languages. It also exposes to the reader th
Age: 3-8

Genre: Bilingual picture book/ folk traditional tale

Diversity: Bilingual (Spanish/English)

Illustrations: Detailed images of the main characters and the desert setting. Anthropomorphized yet realistic depictions of the javelinas and coyote. Illustrations on pages opposite the text and smaller ones on pages containing text.

Personal Response: Having grown up in the Sonoran desert I appreciate the detail of the images. The story itself is an updated version of the three little pigs and I enj
Amber Clapper
This book is one of my favorites. I got a chance to meet the author as a child and every time I read it all I can think about was how she read it to all of us with such a great reading voice. I really like this book because of how similar it is to the three little pigs. I think the students will also like this because they will be able to sort of predict what is coming next on the page but not know what REALLY is going to happen since it is a twist. As a teacher I would probably use this story a ...more
To me, this text did a messy job of trying to mix the classic three little pigs tale with Native American coyote fables and Southwestern/ Native American/ Mexican lingo. For me, if the intention is to tell the tale from a different cultural or contextual perspective, it is important to do that voice justice. I didn't feel that important responsibility was met in this text.
Madeline Davis
This book was a wonderful rendition of the Three Little Pigs.There were differences throughout the story but it stayed true to the main theme. The first little javelina built his house with tumbleweeds, the second built their house with the saguaro rigs, the third built their house with adobe bricks. Instead of a wolf there was a coyote who was hunting the javelinas down in this story. Since I am from the Southwest, I loved what this author did to make the classic Three Little Pigs into one that ...more
I read this one as my folktale as well. It was recommended to me by my boyfriend, who sort of grew up with the story.

I agree with what you say, Jennie. I also liked the modifications made to the story. I also liked the inclusion of the many cultures that make up the Southwest.

I don't however, consider this to be a bilingual book. Mabye it's just the edition I read, but all of it was in English, except for two words.

Also, I found the illustrations a tad off putting, though I don't believe they w
Maya Watts
This is a version of the story of the three little pigs. The three javelinas come across different things on their path and build their houses out of what they find. A coyote comes along and blows their houses down except for the final one. The third javelina built herself an adobe house. They all hid in the house from the coyote.
The story takes place in the southwest so it has many things that are unique to the area in it. It introduces the reader into the different languages in the area and a
This story was similar to the three little pigs in a Spanish culture. It took place in the desert, used different elements, and had a big bad coyote instead of a wolf. Because there is so much tradition behind the story it was easy for me to pick out cultural differences. This would be a great learning tool for children. It also uses repetition of sayings, which would be great for young or beginning readers. One of the aspects of the book that was difficult for me was that there was some Spanish ...more
Lara Vickers
I read this for the traditional tales assignment. Of all of the versions of the Three Little Pigs, this one stays most true to the earlier versions. The only main differences are that all three pigs survive and the coyote (wolf) represents a cultural pour-quoi about why coyotes howl at night.

The text mingles with the illustrations in perfect balance. The text is not in the way of the illustrations, which add much to comprehension and enjoyment.

I would definitely recommend using this title durin
Beth Schencker
I love that you found this book. I bought it for my three little "javelinas" who were waiting at home when my husband and I went to Arizona for a much needed break a few years ago. A great book to do a side by side with Three Little Pigs. Obvs.
Jonathan Dowell
The "Three Little Javelinas" by Susan Lowell was a retelling of the classic "Three Little Pigs" story, but the difference here was that it was set in the Southwestern United States. Here Lowell relies on the aforementioned story as a technique to introduce new ideas. Simply put, Lowell uses a familiar story so as to not make it the focus. Instead, she is simply attempting to introduce children to elements of the Southwest (adobe, javelinas, coyote, etc.).

As is traditional with Animal tales, ant
“Once upon a time, way out in the desert, there were three little javelinas. Javelinas (ha-ve-LEE-nas) are wild, hairy, southwestern cousins of pigs.....”

No matter where I go, if I find a bookstore I have to check it out. That is how I came across this delightful retelling of the Three Little Pigs. My family had taken a vacation to the Big Bend National Park in Texas and I found this book in one of the souvenir shops at the park. I was immediately captivated by the artwork and the use of javelin
I think that this book was a good variation of the three little pigs, particularly for our environment. It would be good for learning about fairy tales, or for learning about the desert. I think that it is a very ideal book for Arizona schools because there is new information that is presented that you wouldn't get from an average telling of the three little pigs.

I also liked the fact that there was a sister (who was the smartest of the three pigs) in this version. I think that there aren't many
Kristy McRae
A cute rendition of the three little pigs story, southwestern style! My son checked this out from his school library, and we had a lot of fun reading it together, and enjoying the fabulous illustrations.
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