Sunday, June 16, 2013

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs


Author: A.Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka
Illustrator:   Lane Smith
Publication Year: 1989  
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   ALA Notable, NEA "Teacher's Top 100 Books", School Library Journal "Top 100 Picture Books of All Time"

Summary:  Another Scieszka story that turns a traditional tale upside down. In this one. the story of the three little pigs is told by the wolf instead of the pigs. In it, the narrator talks directly to the reader and his tells his story where he was just looking to borrow a cup of sugar from his pig neighbors. Once again, Lane Smith's creative illustrations and the amazing use of typography make this book into something special.

Classroom Ideas: Obviously, this book is perfect for perspective and point of view. In the 2013 Tennessee Writing Assessment, 5th graders were asked to take a given story and then rewrite it from a different perspective. This would be a very accessible example of that idea to start kids in thinking about the process.

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