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The Three Little Pigs

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,824 ratings  ·  257 reviews
James Marshall, a 1989 Caldecott Honor winner for Goldilocks and the Three Bears, is witty and wily once again as he enchances The Three Little Pigs with ingenious details that will delight young readers.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 29th 1989 by Dial (first published 1984)
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Julia Stevens
Jul 02, 2014 added it
Shelves: classics
A classic! Great for predicting. This is a fun one to tell on a flannel board or have your students retell in their own words.
Love James Marshall and his unique and wonderful illustrations. His entire series of fairy tale renditions is magic.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Traditional tale although not a huge fan if the story myself it leant itself well to nursery children and they happily re-acted it during free flow of their own accord. I was able to create a rather lively story sack for this book including a non-fiction book of a wolf, a bag of bricks, a bag of twigs and a bag of straw so children could create the houses. Along with finger puppets for each of the characters.
Heidi Hepburn
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
just a place holder!!

Feb 17, 2020 added it
Shelves: week-7
Text to teaching:
This story can be taught to youngsters as a teaching lesson. In the story the three little pigs out smarted the wolf by having teamwork. I would tell the class to partner up and show them how to work as a team. Once they are paired in teams each team will create their own version of a house made with materials in the classroom. We will all then determine which house is the strongest and why.
Ashley Campbell
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
This rendition of The Three Little Pigs is similar to the original story I grew up knowing, but very different in many ways. First, the first two little pigs are both outsmarted and eaten by the wolf. This is different from the forgiving and gentle story I grew up with where the first and second pig eventually ran to the third pigs house for safety. Secondly, the methods that the wolf uses to attempt in outsmarting the third little pig are different. He tries to arrange meetings to eat turnips o ...more
Kim Bickes
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This is another retold version of The Three Little Pigs, although this story more closely follows the original version. I enjoyed the illustrations in this picture book. They were cartoonish looking pictures that made the story more entertaining then the original. After reading this book, I didn't really know that the three pigs had a mother or the fact that the third pig beat the wolf by scaring him at least once in the story. It was entertaining to see the wolf being tricked over and over and ...more
Chanae Wills
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-2, writing
The Three Little Pigs is a classic story that is told in different ways. In this telling there were three little pigs who left from home to start new lives of their own. The first pig made his house out of straw. A wolf came by and was hungry for pig, so he told the little pig to let him, the pig said no so the wolf blew down his house and ate him. This happened to the second pig how built his house of sticks. The third pig built his house out of bricks. The wolf tried to blow his house down but ...more
Tracey Young
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A funny retelling of the classic fairy tale of the three little pigs, with lift-the-flap surprises. The book has lift up flaps throughout, so very engaging and interactive for young children. It is a good way of introducing rhyme to children, as it has rhymes and repetition throughout. The rhymes are very well constructed and flow well, making it easy to read. The illustrations are bright, colourful, cheerful and each page is enhanced by 'lift the flaps'. A good telling of the story which is not ...more
Maria Wong
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Fairy Tales Review Assignment (Book One):

The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall best depicts the original fairy tale. Similar to the original fairy tale, the wolf uses trickery to try to lure the third little pig out. He fails in the end because the little pig is too clever for him. This book would be appropriate for children in grades K-2. The story is an easy read aloud and children would naturally chime in with the rhythmic chants like, “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!”
Jennifer Bollinger
Rating: 3

Review: The three little pigs is a suitable book for young children. It is a classic children's story that includes funny voices for the pigs and the bad wolf. The three little pigs need help in the story because the wolf has taken over their house.

How would you utilize in the classroom:

Read the three little pigs before nap time while the children are getting settled onto their cots, dim the lights, and read the story aloud. The teacher should change their voice to make the piggy chara
Sara Schwarzwalder
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
The three little pigs is a classic and should be known by all children. I loved this version and the pictures in it! The big bad wolf looked mean and careless as he huffed and puffed at the fat little piggies homes. Although the pigs get eaten and the mean old wolf in the end I still think this book would be good to read to a first grade class. I can imagine the kids screeching and laughing just thinking about it now. I also think the kids would enjoy joining in with the repetitive nature of the ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creativity
This fun book was written in rhymes that children would all enjoy. This book even has flaps that can be lifted that can keep students engaged to guess what is to come next.

I can use this book in class for students to use compare and contrast of the version they are aware of and how different it may be or read another book that is also about three little pigs to get students to compare between two books. Students can also think and write their own different endings to the story or what part they
Savannah Work
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
"The Three Little Pigs" is a classic fairy tale that has been retold time and time again. This version by James Marshall includes beautiful watercolor illustrations that help move the story along. Though because the pigs were somewhat rude, I'm not sure that I would use this version in a classroom of young children.

Utilized in the classroom: This story could be used in lessons on math and construction. The children could do activities building their own pig houses using various materials to find
Kathryn Brunk
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story starts off with once upon a time and is a true fairy tale. This is the classic story of the three pigs that is why I like this book. It has great illustrations and describes how each pig has found material to build a house. This story would go great with a construction unit and I would even read this book before I did an activity that had the children build with toothpicks and marsh mellows. I would ask them to construct a house for themselves.
Bryonna Potter
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a childhood all time favorite. Its a comedy and it is also a suspense at the same time. It is good for children imagination and excitement. This story also has a lot of rhyme and repetition in it.

I would use this in the classroom by showing how teamwork can get you out of situations that you may have trouble with.
Alma Hernandez
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
This book is a classic that is told in a way for catching the children's attention. The Three Little Pigs is a story that can be used in the classroom in the block center. You can put out different materials so the children can try to build numerous structures that the big bad wolf can't blow down. These kind of activities build team work skills. ...more
Kristina Moss
Apr 08, 2014 added it
Shelves: animals
I absolutely loved The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. In this classic story the author uses rhymes and detailed illustration with pop up flaps to engage students in a different twist in his retold story. I would use this book in my classroom to incorporate using retelling strategies and sequencing events.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is much more like the fairy-tale that I remember reading, though it is a bit different in the end. This is a fun book. I know the students would like this because the pig outsmarts the wolf.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
The three little pigs was a story about three little pigs building their own house. One out of straw, sticks and bricks. But one by one a mean old harry wolf would come by and threaten them of eating them. He would huff and puff and blow there house I and east them. He ate the first two pigs but the last pig whit the house made of bricks had a trick for the wolf. The wolf could not blow his house in because the bricks were to strong, so the wolf would set up a date to plan something to get the ...more
Audrey Ahrens
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
In this version of The Three Little Pigs, James Marshall offers a longer version focused on the third pig and the wolf. The first two pigs buy their straw and sticks from a man to build their house, but are eaten by the wolf soon after. When the wolf approaches the third pig in the brick house, he cannot blow the house down and tries to trick the pig in a different way. He repeatedly asks the pig to go do things with him, such as pick turnips, but the pig is smart and does these things before th ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-3090-1-10
Summary: This book follows the story of three pigs after leaving their mother’s house to live on their own. Each pig meets a man with different materials (straw, sticks and bricks) and decides to build their own house with his materials. They must beware of the big bad wolf their mother warned them of. He is a vicious wolf, he is always waiting to blow down another house. This fairy tale classic teaches us all an important lesson about thinking ahead and stranger danger.
Evaluation: This story i
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
Three little pigs are sent out by their mother to seek out their fortune. The first pig decided to buy a bunch of hay and build a house with that. It didn't take him long and once he moved in a wolf, who loves to eat pigs, came to his house. When the pig wouldn't let him the wolf huffed and puffed and the blew the house in. The second little pig decided to buy many sticks and build a house with them. The wolf comes buy his house and because he's still hungr
Alexis Trumbull
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
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The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall is a book level 3.3.

Summary: This story is about three pigs who build a house of straw, sticks and brick. A big bad wolf comes and tries to blow down their houses.

Classroom Integration: The way I would integrate this story into a classroom writing trait would be by looking at the organization of the story better. This fairy tale is well laid out and great way to explain that the author set us up in the beginning of the story so we understood where she wa
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The three little pigs is a folk literature tale that has been around for years. The story talks about three different little pigs who each build a house. The three pigs each build their houses out of different things sticks, sticks, and bricks. There is a big bad wold who comes and tries to blow their houses down. The wolf is successful with the first two houses, but comes to have a harder time with the house made of bricks.


I gave this book five stars becasue it has a great s
Sherria Parchman-Williams
This book is a fiction Traditional Tail for Early primary grade level. This story is about a crafty wolf who tries to manipulate the tree pig, but the collaborate by working together to defeat the wolf. I have always loved his book because it teaches children to unite and stick together and with teamwork anything is possible. I think this story is more entertaining than the original one and it also introduce thymes and repetition to young readers. This is a story about three little pigs, leaving ...more
Eileen Mccann
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
The illustrations and "tongue-in-cheek" narrative carry this traditional retelling of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, by James Marshall. The illustrations on the cover and throughout the book give the precious snouted pigs a "happy-go-lucky" personality. The long nosed, fanged toothed, yellow eyed wolf has a mischievous, conniving look. The reader will chuckle at the first pig's reply to the "straw" man's advice not to use his straw. The pig says, "Mind your own business, thank you." The second "stick" p ...more
Maddie Luscy
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Traditional literature: fairy tale
Audience: PreK-1st grade
A. The main characters really are not described in much detail. The author relies on the illustrations for the descriptions of the main characters.
B. The other versions that I have heard of this story are very similar to this one. I have never been the biggest fan of the Three Little Pigs.
C. I would use it for retelling to a child/group because it actually would help students learn how to retell a story. I think they coul
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Three Little Pugs
James Marshall

This book is very similar to the tale told. I would say this one has more modern take on the three little pigs. The pigs are dressed in human-like clothing and the dialogue reflects a more modern take on the story. The illustrations are small pictures witgh brightly colored, cartoon drawn pictures. The first two pigs were gobbled up, just like the classic story. Except, the last little pig leads the wolf on. He tricks the wolf each day, promising to meet with
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James Edward Marshall (October 10, 1942 – October 13, 1992), who also wrote as Edward Marshall, was a children's author and illustrator.

His father worked on the railroad, was a band member in the 1930s, and his mother sang in the local church choir. His family later moved to Beaumont, Texas. Marshall said: "Beaumont is deep south and swampy and I hated it. I knew I would die if I stayed there so I

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