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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
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Oct 23, 2009

Summary: "There has obviously been some kind of mistake," writes Alexander T. Wolf from the pig penitentiary where he's doing time for his alleged crimes of 10 years ago. Here is the "real" story of the three little pigs whose houses are huffed and puffed to smithereens... from the wolf's perspective. This poor, much maligned wolf has gotten a bad rap. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a sneezy cold, innocently trying to borrow a cup of sugar to make his granny a cake. Is it his fault those ham dinners--rather, pigs--build such flimsy homes? Sheesh.
This 10th-anniversary edition of Jon Scieszka's New York Times Best Book of the Year, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, includes a special, impassioned letter from prisoner A. Wolf himself and a snappy new jacket by Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith, whose quirky perspectives still color the illustrations throughout. As with The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, the collaborators take a classic story and send it through the wisecracker machine, much to the glee of kids young and old. (Ages 4 to 8 or much, much older) --Emilie Coulter

- Reading level-Late Transitional
- Genre- Fairy tale
- Topic-Three little pigs, wolf

Curricular uses: Read aloud- Could be best enjoyed as a pleasurable read aloud after children are completely familiar with the original tree little pigs.

Social Issues: Wolves are considered big and bad and no one sees his side of the story, the pig dominant society (even the police) makes it difficult for anyone to believe him.

Literary elements: Conflict is an element between the wolf and himself, man, and society. He has issues with refraining from eating pigs, cannot get along with any pigs so they don't answer door, and the whole society rejects him. First person narration from the wolfs perspective.

Interactions and counteractions of text and image:Story can be read through the images, but if the reader only knows the original three little pigs they would miss out on important information the text shares.

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