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The 3 Little Dassies

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  301 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The Three Little Pigs with a twist! In the tradition of her bestseller The Three Snow Bears, Jan Brett finds inspiration for her version of a familiar story in Namibia, where red rock mountains and vivid blue skies are home to appealing little dassies and hungry eagles. Mimbi, Pimbi and Timbi hope to find "a place cooler, a place less crowded, a place safe from eagles!" to ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Britt Guild
I adore Jan Brett. If I want to show children how to take a folktale and change the characters and setting of the story to create an even better version of the story, I use Jan Brett to illustrate the point. The 3 Little Dassies takes the folktale of the Three Little Pigs and changes the pig characters to dassies and sets the story in Africa. My daughter and I were able to learn about animals we had never heard of while reading a familiar story. As always, the illustrations grab the reader and b ...more
This fresh version of the classic The Little Pigs tale is set in Namibia and features cuddly, cute dassies instead of pigs. Dassies are also known as rock hyraxes or rock rabbits. In this book, the dassies wear bright colored dresses and Namibian headwear. The story starts out with the three dassies heading out to find their own place to live. The three sisters reach the feet of the mountains after crossing the Namib Desert and decide that it is a perfect place for their homes. A friendly agama ...more
Jan Brett finds inspiration for her version of the 3 little pigs in Namibia, where red rock mountains & vivid blue skies are home to appealing little dassies & hungry eagles. Mimbi, Pimbi & Timbi hope to find a place that's cooler, less crowded, & safe from eagles to build their new homes. The handsomely dressed Agama Man watches from the borders as the eagle flies down to flap & clap until he blows a house down. But that pesky eagle gets a fine comeuppance!

Bold African patte
From January through March 2014, my preschool classroom engaged in a fractured fairytale unit as a unifying theme for our larger multidisciplinary curriculum. Engaging both traditional and fractured versions of the three little pigs story allowed our classroom community to explore ideas of character voice and perspective, engage in our own construction work (with Lincoln Logs, miniature bricks, unit blocks, clay, etc.), write stories individually and collaboratively, perform Readers' Theatre, an ...more
Erin Mcneil
"The 3 Little Dassies" is a play off of the traditional story of the three little pigs. This story features an interesting twist for young readers, as it centers around three young animals called dassies. The story line is simple for children to follow, yet the change in dynamics of the story add a great twist. The illustrations in this book also add to the appeal of this book. This is a great read for young children!
Emily Miller
Jan Brett is not only a great author, but she brings her books to life with the illustrations. The 3 Little Dassies plot is very similar to the story of The 3 Little Pigs with the dassies building houses and the big bad eagle trying to catch them. This would be a great story to use in an elementary classroom when learning about problem and solution or cause and effect. It is a fun way for children to see how you can take a story you are familiar with (The 3 Little Pigs) and use your own schema a ...more
Interesting twist on 3 little pigs story, with twist to creation myth at the end. Love the fabrics and patterns in the illustrations and how some of the side bars tell the story.
Christina Swain
While reading this story, children will instantly be able to connect this text to the well-known tale, "The Three Little Pigs". This story invites young readers to explore Africa as the three sisters set out to build their new homes. Although similar to the three little pigs story, some of the plot twists will have children on the edge of their seats and enjoy and appreciate this story just as much. This book can easily be implemented in a shared reading. I would probe my students before-during- ...more
Becky Aughenbaugh
This book would be great to use when studing The Three Little Pigs. It is also set in another country so it is multicultural.
Kim Bickes
The 3 Little Dassies goes along with the same theme as The Three Little Pigs. The setting and characters are the main elements that are changed. The characters are three dassie rats which are animals from Africa and the story takes place in Africa. Instead of a wolf blowing down the houses, it is a an eagle that flaps his wings and blows down the houses. The last dassie has to rescue the other dassies that were taken to the eagle's nest. All the dassies are rescued in the end and live with the l ...more
This book was read for the fairy tales assignment.
This is a re-telling of the classic tale, The Three Little Pigs. In this version, three little dassies in Africa go off to live on their own. When they find a home, an eagle sees them as a meal, and they find a friend in Agama Man.
This book would appeal to kids in grades K-3rd. K students would find the dassies adorable and be engaged in the story. 1st-3rd graders would be interested in hearing a familiar tale re-told. The book could be used wit
Bridget R. Wilson
The 3 little dassies (Mimbi, Pimbi, and Timbi) leave home in search of a new home--cooler, less crowded, and safe from eagles. They think they have found it at the foot of a mountain. Mimbi builds a house of grass. Pimbi builds one of driftwood. Timbi builds her house out of stones. Will their houses keep them safe from the eagle at the top of the mountain?

What I thought: A delightful version of "The Three Little Pigs." I wish I had had this book last summer when Africa was my story time theme.
About a third of the way into this story, kids will recognize it as an African version of The Three Little Pigs. The dassie sisters go out into the desert to make new homes for themselves near the mountains, where it is cooler and less crowded. They don't expect eagles as they build their homes of grasses, driftwood, and stone, but when the sun rises in the morning, an eagle is on the hunt. Thank goodness for the Agama man, a lizard who rescues the first two little dassies. This is not quite a p ...more
Sara Larson
This book is about three dassies(a koala-mouse-like creature) who set off to find a place to live that is cooler, less crowded, and safe from the watchful eyes of eagles, who want to eat them for supper. They arrive at a nice spot, and they each build a house. One of grass, one of sticks, and one of rock. One day, the eagle comes and destroys the house of grass and the house of sticks,and snatches the two dassies inside. But the stone house is too strong, and the eagle cannot knock it down. Whil ...more
This is a darling African version of the 3 Little Pigs featuring dassies instead of pigs and an eagle instead of a big bad wolf. There is also an Agama man (lizard) that watches as the dassies build their homes and helps them when the eagle captures the first two. The illustrations are wonderful and tell part of the story. This book would be great to practice predictions. Love it!
Wendy Daniel
These Dassies are awfully funny and act an awful lot like the three little pigs. They have excellent names and are hiding from a huge bird who is bound and determined to eat them up for an afternoon snack. I love this unique take on the classic story. There are a lot of new words in this book to support vocabulary skills.
Aubrie Mcneal
A wonderful twist on the 3 little pigs but in a different an African habitat. As a teacher I would use this story to teach about habitats while noticing the biotic and abiotic elements as well as the characters adaptions. Also we could use it to compare/contrast different fairy tales.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is a version of "The Three Little Pigs" set in the African country of Namibia and featuring little furry critters called dassies. I loved the story and especially the colorful illustrations of the clothing worn by the dassies and other animals. However, I wish she had included a note, preferably at the beginning of the book, about what dassies are, where they live, and the setting of the story. In fact, the only information on any of that was to be found in the dust jacket flap, which also ...more
Marie Gentilcore
My daughter chose this book for tonight's night time read. It is an alternate version of The Three Little Pigs with dassies instead of pigs and the villain is an eagle instead of a wolf. The illustrations were very colorful and I liked the African dresses the dassies wore.
Nancy Mcdaniel
Sep 24, 2011 Nancy Mcdaniel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE (especially with young children and Africa-philes)
This is a stunningly illustrated children's book. It is the story of The Three Little Pigs adapted into a southern Africa version. "Dassies" are rock hyraxes, adorable little creatures that live on rocky outcroppings (called "kopjes") in southern and east Africa. Jan has dressed them in brightly colored dresses modeled after those won by the Herero women (of Botswana, Namibia etc).
The illustrations are spectacular and the story is a wonderful one (scary for a bit but with a happy ending of cours
(Traditional Literature/Picture Book) This story is set in Namibia and is a version of the 3 little pigs told with native critters, Dassies! It is a fun story with very colorful illustrations!
Terry Smith
wonderful illustrations and take on the three little pigs. African animals that I've never heard of. would be a great read for an African unit.
This is Jan Brett's take on the Three Little Pigs. This takes place in a dessert of Namibia with dassies trying to stay same from an eagle. They build their homes of grass, twigs and rocks. Of course the house of rocks is the only one able to sustain during the flapping of the eagles wings. This is a fiction picture book and is appropriate for ages 3-8.

This isn't one of my favorite books by Brett, I think it is the illustrations that just don't draw me in enough. I am more fond of characters an
A winning take on the Three Little Pigs, set in Southern African with cute little Dassies taking the starring role. The kids loved it, and enjoyed comparing it with the classic. This book has me thinking a lot about Jan Brett's illustrations. Using her trademark frames, panels and amazing detail, it is a beautiful picture book. Why has she never won the Caldecott? She has an amazing body of work, many we consider classics like The Mitten. She seems to consistently follow her same template, book ...more
A retelling of the "3 Little Pigs" in the African desert. The pigs are the dassies (rodents) and the wolf is depicted as an eagle. Beautiful pictures and the patterns on the clothes of the dassies are copied from scraps of material Brett collected from the African natives while doing research for the book.

8 minute video of Brett showcasing "The 3 Little Dassies". Dassies related to elephants and aardvarks! Clothes on Dassies mimic North African women's fab
Jennifer Kim
This book is a retelling of the classic story, The Three Little Pigs. The main changes and twists to this story are that the setting and characters are different. The main characters of this story are three dassies who are preyed upon by hungry eagles. Just as from the original Three Little Pigs story, the dassies build shelters which will provide them with warmth, shelter, and safety from the hungry eagles. This book is a great example of teaching students craft of writing. Also, it can show st ...more
Maria Marshall
Amazingly illustrated re-envisioning of the three little bears, set in Africa.
What a clever take on the Three Little Pigs. I thoroughly enjoyed the story (and the illustrations), and wished we could have done more to contrast and compare the well-known version and the place/characters/events in this one. But given that my daughter was more interested in reading it herself, I couldn't get a conversation started. This is a book that has potential for first-grade readers.

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Feb 05, 2014 Trish rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This story reminded me of the three little pigs.
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
Taylor thinks, "It was like the three little pigs story. The three little dassies moved and wanted to make their own house. First dassie made a house of grass, the second made it out of sticks, and the third made it out of rocks. The eagle was like the bad wolf and blew the first two houses down and captured the two dassies and took them to feed his babies. But the agama lizard rescued them and the third dassy took her sisters in. The eagle went into the open chimney and tried to get them, but h ...more
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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