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The 3 Little Dassies

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The Three Little Pigs with a twist! In the tradition of her bestseller The Three Snow Bears, Jan Brett finds inspiration for her version of a familiar story in Namibia, where red rock mountains and vivid blue skies are home to appealing little dassies and hungry eagles. Mimbi, Pimbi and Timbi hope to find "a place cooler, a place less crowded, a place safe from eagles!" to ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Here is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the three little pigs, only with a Southern Hemisphere feel. Wonderful how Jan Brett is so multicultural with her variety of stories.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This fresh version of the classic The Little Pigs tale is set in Namibia and features cuddly, cute dassies instead of pigs. Dassies are also known as rock hyraxes or rock rabbits. In this book, the dassies wear bright colored dresses and Namibian headwear. The story starts out with the three dassies heading out to find their own place to live. The three sisters reach the feet of the mountains after crossing the Namib Desert and decide that it is a perfect place for their homes. A friendly agama ...more
Britt Guild
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I adore Jan Brett. If I want to show children how to take a folktale and change the characters and setting of the story to create an even better version of the story, I use Jan Brett to illustrate the point. The 3 Little Dassies takes the folktale of the Three Little Pigs and changes the pig characters to dassies and sets the story in Africa. My daughter and I were able to learn about animals we had never heard of while reading a familiar story. As always, the illustrations grab the reader and b ...more
Ashley Lester
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This book is considered the African version of the Three Little Pigs. I love the twist that Brett added to the story. The three little daises Mimi, Nimbi, and Pimbi are searching for a safe place in which I feel is the main concept of both plots. The daises want to find a place across from the desert in Africa to build houses. In other similarity, the wolf in the plot of The Three Little pigs tried to outsmart the pigs when building their homes. There were also characters as such in
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jan Brett finds inspiration for her version of the 3 little pigs in Namibia, where red rock mountains & vivid blue skies are home to appealing little dassies & hungry eagles. Mimbi, Pimbi & Timbi hope to find a place that's cooler, less crowded, & safe from eagles to build their new homes. The handsomely dressed Agama Man watches from the borders as the eagle flies down to flap & clap until he blows a house down. But that pesky eagle gets a fine comeuppance!

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Erin Mcneil
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"The 3 Little Dassies" is a play off of the traditional story of the three little pigs. This story features an interesting twist for young readers, as it centers around three young animals called dassies. The story line is simple for children to follow, yet the change in dynamics of the story add a great twist. The illustrations in this book also add to the appeal of this book. This is a great read for young children!
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting twist on 3 little pigs story, with twist to creation myth at the end. Love the fabrics and patterns in the illustrations and how some of the side bars tell the story.
Becky Aughenbaugh
This book would be great to use when studing The Three Little Pigs. It is also set in another country so it is multicultural.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a beautifully illustrated book (with triptych panels) that has feels like both an origin myth and a retelling of the Three Little Pigs. The tale is set in Namibia about how three dassies set off from home and build three houses (of woven grass, sticks, and brick like rocks). An eagle is determined to turn them into dinner and a friendly lizard is equally determined to help his new friends. At the end we find out this is the reason why present day dassie live in rock homes and the eagles ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Post-modern picture book: The 3 Little Dassies, By: Jan Brett
I love, love, love this book! The last page was by far the best. I like how the three little pigs story can be presented with many other animals. The detail of the images makes it seem like you are seeing real life images. The reading level of ‘The 3 Little Dassies’ is grades 1st-3rd. The story is a fun, adventurous book. In each page in the book had an image on the corners of the characters being absorbent, which was neat to see beca
Amber Bronder
The Three Little Dassies written and illustrated by Jan Brett, is a twist on the classic Three Little Pigs fairy tale. This fairy tale has dassies for pigs and an eagle in place of the big bad wolf. The setting in this tale is the African desert of Namibia, and the dassies are dressed to fit the part. Their colorful print outfits and matching Namibian hats add to the setting so the reader always remembers that they are in Africa. Mimbi, Timbi, and Nimbi must survive the hunt of the eagle, as the ...more
Sarah Westgate
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Traditional Literature
This book can be used with Kindergarten and up. One unique feature of this text is there are picture predictions and flashbacks on each page that students pick up on very quickly!
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Per my second graders i liked it because it inspiring to build your own dream house. I liked it because the dresses were cute and I didn't know there were dassies!
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: wolfie-and-me
A re-telling of the 3 Little Pigs set in Namibia with some new to us animals.
Jensine Foley
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel as if a young children would like to read this book because it is like 3 little pigs.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this classic tale retold in African style. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. Perfect for reading aloud to the elementary school age crowd. Highly recommended!
Rosa Cline
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a retelling of '3 little pigs' but uses different types of animals and different part of the world. Teaching different ways of animals habitat and ways of survival. Along with wonderful illustrations make the story that much more great.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another twist on the story of the Three Little Pigs. Set in Africa, the three title characters are dassies, or small rodents, that make their home in the desert area. If you want an amazing book to compare and contrast with the traditional Three Little Pigs, this book by Jan Brett is an excellent choice. The book parallels the traditional story, substituting the flora and fauna of Nambia in Africa. As always, the artwork is beautiful, intricate, and tells a story of its' own. Ms. Brett puts a un ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Three Little Pigs with a twist! In the tradition of her bestseller The Three Snow Bears, Jan Brett finds inspiration for her version of a familiar story in Namibia, where red rock mountains and vivid blue skies are home to appealing little dassies and hungry eagles. Mimbi, Pimbi and Timbi hope to find "a place cooler, a place less crowded, a place safe from eagles!" to build their new homes. The handsomely dressed Agama Man watches from the borders as the eagle flies down to flap and clap un ...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
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
About a third of the way into this story, kids will recognize it as an African version of The Three Little Pigs. The dassie sisters go out into the desert to make new homes for themselves near the mountains, where it is cooler and less crowded. They don't expect eagles as they build their homes of grasses, driftwood, and stone, but when the sun rises in the morning, an eagle is on the hunt. Thank goodness for the Agama man, a lizard who rescues the first two little dassies. This is not quite a p ...more
JJ Jones
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll520
This book was read for the fairy tales assignment.
This is a re-telling of the classic tale, The Three Little Pigs. In this version, three little dassies in Africa go off to live on their own. When they find a home, an eagle sees them as a meal, and they find a friend in Agama Man.
This book would appeal to kids in grades K-3rd. K students would find the dassies adorable and be engaged in the story. 1st-3rd graders would be interested in hearing a familiar tale re-told. The book could be used wit
Kim Bickes
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 3 Little Dassies goes along with the same theme as The Three Little Pigs. The setting and characters are the main elements that are changed. The characters are three dassie rats which are animals from Africa and the story takes place in Africa. Instead of a wolf blowing down the houses, it is a an eagle that flaps his wings and blows down the houses. The last dassie has to rescue the other dassies that were taken to the eagle's nest. All the dassies are rescued in the end and live with the l ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 3 little dassies (Mimbi, Pimbi, and Timbi) leave home in search of a new home--cooler, less crowded, and safe from eagles. They think they have found it at the foot of a mountain. Mimbi builds a house of grass. Pimbi builds one of driftwood. Timbi builds her house out of stones. Will their houses keep them safe from the eagle at the top of the mountain?

What I thought: A delightful version of "The Three Little Pigs." I wish I had had this book last summer when Africa was my story time theme.
Sara Larson
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about three dassies(a koala-mouse-like creature) who set off to find a place to live that is cooler, less crowded, and safe from the watchful eyes of eagles, who want to eat them for supper. They arrive at a nice spot, and they each build a house. One of grass, one of sticks, and one of rock. One day, the eagle comes and destroys the house of grass and the house of sticks,and snatches the two dassies inside. But the stone house is too strong, and the eagle cannot knock it down. Whil ...more
Jessica Schuerman
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
(Traditional Lit.)
This book is a story just like the 3 little pigs. Instead of pigs, there are dassies. Each of the dassies live in a different type of home. One home being long grass, another being driftwood, and the last being rocks. During the book a bug eagle comes by trying to destroy the houses. He successfully destroyed all the house besides the one with rocks. Then once they caught the eagle, the 3 dassies had there family over to celebrate. All the pictures in the book were very clear,
Emily Miller
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jan Brett is not only a great author, but she brings her books to life with the illustrations. The 3 Little Dassies plot is very similar to the story of The 3 Little Pigs with the dassies building houses and the big bad eagle trying to catch them. This would be a great story to use in an elementary classroom when learning about problem and solution or cause and effect. It is a fun way for children to see how you can take a story you are familiar with (The 3 Little Pigs) and use your own schema a ...more
Roslyn Ross
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
-The daisies are not lazy but stupid--the dumb ones genuinely think grass and sticks will make fine houses
-The smart one did have to work harder than the other two, but never specified why she chose to do that so it just seems random
-The eagle is trying to catch the dassies to feed his hungry babies!
-The eagle is called greedy for wanting more than one dassie to feed his hungry babies (no idea why it's not a her, the bad guys are always guys) and no idea why I should be on the dassies side inste
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is a version of "The Three Little Pigs" set in the African country of Namibia and featuring little furry critters called dassies. I loved the story and especially the colorful illustrations of the clothing worn by the dassies and other animals. However, I wish she had included a note, preferably at the beginning of the book, about what dassies are, where they live, and the setting of the story. In fact, the only information on any of that was to be found in the dust jacket flap, which also ...more
Nancy Mcdaniel
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE (especially with young children and Africa-philes)
This is a stunningly illustrated children's book. It is the story of The Three Little Pigs adapted into a southern Africa version. "Dassies" are rock hyraxes, adorable little creatures that live on rocky outcroppings (called "kopjes") in southern and east Africa. Jan has dressed them in brightly colored dresses modeled after those won by the Herero women (of Botswana, Namibia etc).
The illustrations are spectacular and the story is a wonderful one (scary for a bit but with a happy ending of cours
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
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