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The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
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Nov 29, 11

Read on November 29, 2011

Title: The Three Pigs
Author David Wiesner

Genre: Traditional Literature

Summary: The traditional story of the three pigs contains a surprising and unusual ending.

A: The content and theme are addressed in this critic.

B. The tale of the three pigs begins normally, but diverges into a separate story line when the wolf attempts to blow their houses down, and from that point onwards, the pigs embark on an unconventional story line. This unusual departure from the traditional version of the story raises the question as to why is it being used? I believe the author uses this to make the tale more imaginative, surprising, and unexpected. However, the technique feels confusing, and contrived. A similar technique was used successfully in the book, "Elephant and Piggie, We Are in A Book". In my opinion the Elephant and Piggie story was funny and interesting. However, here the techniques seems contrived, confusing and does not compliment the story of the three pigs. For Example, on pg 3, 5, the illustration shows two of the pigs pictured outside the illustration and talking to one another, presenting a confusing and awkward turn in the story. The story becomes further confusing when the pigs are shown flying on a paper plane (pg 10-14) for several pages that leaves the reader perplexed as to where the story if headed. Because of the unusual and complex storyline, it may be difficult for younger children to understand the story. The author has introduced a technique that makes the story difficult to understand as well as losing the message of the original story.
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