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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
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Oct 17, 11

Read in October, 2011

1. Genre: Picture Book/Traditional Literature

2. Summary: The traditional story of The Three Little Pigs takes a nontraditional turn when the three pigs jump from the pages of their story to escape the wrath of the Big Bad Wolf. As they travel through the white space of the book, the three pigs find themselves jumping in and out of pages of other traditional stories like Hey Diddle Diddle.

3. Critique:
a. One of the greatest strengths of this title is the use of different forms of artistic style.

b. The strongest of these forms is the use of white space. David Wiesner creates a sense of wonder and excitement for his reader’s through the use of contrast from page to page. Although the reader is given clues in order to predict what will happen next in the story when they turn the page, Wiesner’s constant changing of style keeps the reader excited and interested. An example of this can be found when the pigs have left their original story and are now using those pages to create a paper airplane to fly through the white space to their next destination (p. 11).

c. The reader is aware that the three pigs are transitioning from white space to a new story through Wiesner’s clever use of different styles. The three pigs appear to be of a realistic style while existing in the white space, and then change to a naïve style when transitioning into the Hey Diddle Diddle story (p. 21-23).

4. Curriculum Connection: This story can be used along with other versions of The Three Pigs to teach children about make comparisons. The teacher can discuss with the students the similarities and differences amongst the stories read. Students could also use the software program Kidspiration to create a story map of Wiesner’s version of The Three Pigs. Another idea could be that students use a Venn Diagram to compare Wiesner’s version of The Three Pigs with another version of the story, such as Jon Sciezka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
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