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The Three Little Pigs Book & CD

(Folk Tale Classics Series)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  100 reviews
All three pigs set out to seek their fortune, but two of them come to a sorry end.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published July 19th 1971)
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally wrote: “Neo liked this classic, but eating pigs is too violent for kids to read.”

Re-reading this story, the reader learns of the classic tale surrounding the three little pigs. They are all sent on their way to lay the groundwork for their future. After the first two pigs fall victim to a hungry wolf, the third locks down a stable dwelling and dodges many tricks before turning the tables on the wolf in the end. I had forgotten how graphic the original story was, compared to the wate
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mom, jacob, ellie
Read this story again and chose it because the Ritz kids are staying with us and thought it would be good for Rory. Jacob at the end says, "mom, the last pig ate his other 2 brothers!" Oh boy, my little boy is growing up and paying attention to the details of a story. I love it!...krb 7/27/16
Paul Large
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a classic, and nothing can beat a classic! This book has survived the ages and everyone knows why because every child loves to hear the story of how the wolf was mean to the pigs. Paul Galdone has done a great job in explaining the setting of the story and even though there are a lot of versions that have come out on this book, this book is still my favorite rendition. As the three little pigs try to figure out life, there are important life lessons that can be learned. One of the lesson ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
While this book's illustrations may not be quite as colorful and clever as some of the other versions I've read, and while it may not be as funny as some of the others, I like it because it's very similar in story line to the book our family had and which I loved so much as a kid. I loved the extra stuff in that story--the pig picking turnips and apples incredibly early in the morning, going to the county fair, jumping in a butter churn and rolling home safely and quickly, etc. Oh, how I loved t ...more
Mary Lou
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Galdone is a wonderful illustrator to this classic tale of two fatalist pigs and one wise pig. In the world of 2018, I'm afraid some of our young millenials would object to the demise of two of the pigs. However, I think the story rings true to nature, that a wolf would want to and actually does eat pigs. To have a pig outwit a wolf is a fun twist of fate. Since pigs will eat "slop," I guess a pig would eat a wolf if presented to him. I enjoyed this revisit to a classic, and think it makes ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trad-lit
The traditional story of the three little pigs from my childhood, I've enjoyed reading this book over and over to my daughter. The wolf is very intelligent, thinking of ways to make the pigs his dinner, but the third little pig was both smart and brave. The wolf got his due in the end.

I like this story in this format. I enjoy a retelling from time to time, but the classics are best to share with the next generation.
Hannah Rae
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
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Rachel Collins
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Genre: Traditional Literature
Grade Level: 1-2

I liked this version of The Three Little Pigs because it was a little bit different than what you would normally hear. The story was well told and the illustrations were nice. The size of the book was handy and it was overall a nice tale with a spin that will engage young readers.
I haven't read this one in a long time! I don't think I ever realized the last little pig ate his brothers once he ate the wolf. Yikes. Definitely can see the juxtaposition with this book versus all the other retellings. Read for my grad school class of Lit & Resources for Children.
Luisa Knight
This version has a part of the story I've never heard before - whether it's old or new - it's a fun addition.

For the classic children's stories, I love to go to Paul Galdone's books. His illustrations are charmingly old school and his telling of the age-old stories spot on.

Ages: 4 -7
Lynn  Davidson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete story of the three little pigs and the wolf, no flowery ending. Nicely illustrated.
Heather Jo
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take a classic and add Paul Galdone and you have a happy preschooler.
Kennedy Johnson
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folk-tales
One of the best books for a child to grow up reading. Children always seem to enjoy the three little pigs. The three little pigs is one of my favorite folk tales.
This is one version we were not familiar with.
Jennifer DeRosier
I chose this book as one of my mentor texts to discuss recurring phrases and characters. This is a great book for students to read because it is very repetitious and easy for students to comprehend because of the recurring phrases that are constantly being said throughout the story.
One little pig learns the value of hard work in this classic telling of the three little pigs.
Not the best version
Mike Kriznar
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Michael J. Kriznar
The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone, is a great fairytale for young children. This is an excellent book for children in 1st grade.
I remember the story I knew as being different. As many things change, so does the setting or story line of a book. They must also change with time. In this book the first pig used straw to build a house. The house was weak and when the fox came he blew it down and ate the pig. The second pig used stick to build his house. This house also wasn’t
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has more of a traditional telling of the three little pigs where the wolf eats the first two and the last pig makes the wolf into soup. It does keep the traditional rhyme exchange between pigs and wolf with the added trickery of the wolf to get the last pig out of his house.

My three year old loved being read this story and saying the lines. A good version for those alright with the grimmer traditional tellings.
Barry Asmaou
Three little pigs has been around for so many years and have been retold so many times by different authors. Each story has it own style and a little twist to the plot. This book starts off with the three pigs going on to their separate ways. Each pig decides to build their own house one pig built his out of hay the second pig built his out sticks and the third pig built his out of bricks. Then the story brings in the mean and hungry wolf who goes to each one of the pigs houses in the attempt of ...more
Maribel Ruiz
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Folktale: Galdone, Paul (1998) The Three Little Pigs
Motif: Three animals talking
Target Audience: Pre K -8 years old
Setting: Takes place in the woods.

Characters/plot/summary: The characters are the three little pigs, the wolf, and the men with straws, sticks, and bricks. The story begins with the three little pigs leaving their home because the sow could not keep them anymore. They went out in the world to fend for themselves. These little pigs encounter the wolf. The wolf is not someone who they
Teddie Trombley
This book is about a mama pig that has three baby pigs but cant keep them so she sends them on their way to live their lives. The first little piggy runs into a man selling straw and decides to buy some and that he is going to build his house out of straw. Once he finished building his house then came a big bad wolf that blew down the pigs house and ate the pig. The second little piggy runs into a man selling sticks and he decides to build his house out of sticks. Once this pig finished building ...more
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
The three little pigs is a traditional children's folktale .It contains the classic elements of having animals talk and some hidden moral messaged.Each rendition of this tale brings about different endings and twists. This book is different from the tale i was told .The version I learned involved to distinct settings : (1) the first two pigs were lazy, thus through minimal effort building unsteady houses and (2) after the wolf attacked each pig the attacked pig would run to their brothers house ...more
Breanna Lechase
1. Awards the book has received (if any): No awards
2. Appropriate grade level(s): Pre-K -1st
3. Original 3-line summary
Three little pigs set out to build their own homes; the first built his out of straw, the second built his out of sticks, and the third built his out of bricks. The first two pigs’ homes were blown away by a wolf, but the third little pig’s house was too sturdy. The third pig continuously outsmarts the wolf, and eventually stops the wolf from ever hurting him ever again.
4. Orig
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Ok, so how is it that I didn't remember that the first two pigs were actually eaten in this version? Frankly, I hadn't used this story in my folk tales lessons--just referenced it--as I figured my kids already knew it up one side and down the other. Ought to know better than assuming anything. The first time I used this version in library lessons, I was surprised at the reactions from many of my students. Apparently, they were used to versions of this story that were lacking in casualties--i.e., ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
The Three Little Pigs is the original version of the three little pigs. The three pigs are sent out, they each meet a farmer and build their houses, and the wolf eats the first two. The third outwits the wolf, and eventually cooks him in his pot and eats him for supper.

Although the current trend in children's literature is to avoid tales of death, I like the original because it shows that with a little planning, a person can overcome the hardships in their life. Also, the writer does not go into
Medina Sabovic
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about three little pigs that are set out too seek their fortune. The first little pig made a house out of straw. Then a wolf came to the house and blew his house down and ate him up. The second pig built a house built a house with sticks. After building the house the wolf came and blew his house down and ate him up. Then the third little pig made his house out of bricks and the wolf was not able to blow his house down. Since the wolf did not eat the pig, he kept trying ways to get t ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, alana
Alana wanted a book about a wolf and this one definitely satisfied her!

This is the un-whitewashed/un-Disney "folktale" version of Three Little Pigs - not for the faint of heart.

The first two pigs are eaten up by the wolf and then the third pig (the smart one with the brick house) tricks the wolf and eats HIM for dinner.

There's an incident with a butter churn and a scene in an orchard and a turnip garden that have been deleted from more modern versions!

A little gruesome, and wolf illustrations
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Paul Galdone (1907 - November 7, 1986) was a children's literature author and illustrator. He was born in Budapest and he emigrated to the United States in 1921. He studied art at the Art Student's League and New York School for Industrial Design. He served for the US Army during world War II.

He illustrated nearly all of Eve Titus' books including, Basil of Baker Street series which was translated

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