Friday, June 28, 2013
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
Author & Illustrator: Mark Teague
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Year: 2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Parent's Choice Award, Granite Book Award
Summary: In this version, the three pigs must find their own place because the farmers are moving to Florida. While the first two want to be "pig-like" and buy food, the third pig wants building supplies. The other pigs build cheap houses so that they can buy their junk food, but the third pig built a beautiful, strong house. When a hungry wolf comes to town, he blows the first pigs' houses down, but he can't blow down the brick house. They offer the wolf some nutritious dinner from the 3rd pig's garden and they all live happily together. This is a fractured fairy tale and Mark Teague's illustrations always crack me up!
Classroom Ideas:This would be a great addition to a fairy tale unit or variations on the three pig stories. It would be perfect to compare and contrast with the original along with other versions like the The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. There is also a subtle theme about healthy eating.