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The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell
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Mar 26, 12

Read in March, 2012

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 all the different life that live in the desert. Javelinas are generally avoided in the wild because of their nasty smell and vicious behavior. In this story, they are given a rather friendly manner until you reach the end of the book when they fend for their lives by lighting the fire which burns the coyote. The coyote is also a relative of the wolf, which is the main antagonist in most three little pig stories. The colors in the illustrations are very realistic with desert tones. The simple text allows for the story to flow through the book without distracting from the illustrations, but both join together to create the story. If this story were to be told without the illustrations, it would be what appears to be, just a normal three little pigs story with a desert twist. If this book story to be told without the words, the illustrations would show the story of the three pigs, but most of the story would be lost. Both are necessary to create a visual story that leads readers through the story of the three little javelinas. The end pages are a green color which could be pulled out of the palo verde trees that are mentioned in the story. Along with giving names of things found in the desert, the text also provides pronunciations which I find very helpful when reading the story because for someone who might not live in the desert, who has never heard of a javelina, the pronunciation will allow them to feel more knowledgable about what they are learning and reading about.
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