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The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell
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Mar 24, 2012

it was amazing

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 focus on the desert landscape. Jim Harris, the illustrator does a great job of depicting the desert. His illustrations are full bleed, humorous, and very well done. The endpapers in the book are a green color that is very similar to that of a saguaro cactus. The story begins with the bolded words "Once upon a time" like in most fairy tales. The type face is black and normal. This story would make for a good lesson on the desert because the author talks about dust storms, tumbleweeds, saguaros and saguaro ribs, hawks, snakes, and adobe bricks.

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