The Three Little Pigs

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Bernadette Watts' stunning and richly detailed illustrations make this a retelling of The Three Little Pigs a keeper!  In addition to the adorable pigs and expressive big bad wolf, Watt's adds a bevy of endearing animals that befriend the little pigs and add interest to this classic story time favorite.

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Bernadette Watts' stunning and richly detailed illustrations make this a retelling of The Three Little Pigs a keeper!  In addition to the adorable pigs and expressive big bad wolf, Watt's adds a bevy of endearing animals that befriend the little pigs and add interest to this classic story time favorite.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A marvelous offering that begs to be added to everyone's storytelling repertoire. "-School Library Journal review for Watt's Little Red Riding Hood.

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—With any retelling of a well-known tale, success is often in the details. Here, Watts's illustrations incorporate bright reds and yellows to liven up this old favorite while adding humor and personality to the forest minutiae. Each pig's accessories and animal companions give clues to his personality and common sense (or lack thereof). The first brother carries a guitar, the flock of songbirds at his straw house hinting at his free spirit, whereas the second brother's paintbrushes and stick house attract squirrels preparing for winter. The third brother's brick house and sensible chicken coop were no doubt painstakingly constructed with his trusty shovel and tools. After the pesky wolf has done his huffing and puffing and is sent running for the forest, the reunion between mother pig and her sons is as warm and satisfying as her freshly baked pie looks. While not extraordinary in the retelling, the art earns this adaptation a place in the good company of other pig trio tales.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A candy-colored version of the classic tale completely lacks teeth and claws. The three little pigs' widowed mother sends them out into the world to make their way. The first, carrying his guitar on his back, begs a kind man for the straw he carries and builds himself a nice little house. The wolf comes by, the predictable conversation ensues and the piggy escapes. The second pig carries his brushes and papers, asks a kind man for some sticks and builds a place with an easel en plein air. The house has a convenient back door, so he too escapes when the wolf does his thing. The third pig, carrying his tools, is clearly into construction; his carefully built brick house (bricks a gift of a third kind man) is gorgeous. The wolf tries the chimney, is smoked out and runs away, the third pig collects his mom and siblings and they live happily ever after. Sunny colors and lots of cute details make for pleasant page-turning: Pig number two sits reading a version of Little Red Riding Hood in the last scene, possibly trying to track down the latest venue of the wolf. Devoid of energy, but greeting-card pretty. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735840584
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 339,430
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernadette watts has illustrated many well-reviewed books for children, including her two most recent titles for NorthSouth, Little Red Riding Hood and The Bremen Town Musicians.  Watt's created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter, and studied at the Maidstone Art  School in Kent, England.

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