Three Little Cajun Pigs

Three Little Cajun Pigs

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by Mike Artell, Jim Harris
     
 

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Trosclair, Thibodeaux, and Ulysse are three pigs with a whole lot to do. Their mom has just kicked them out of the house and it's time they make their own way and start constructing new homes in the heart of the swamp. When ol' Claude the gator comes sneaking along, however, the three brothers are forced to question their choice of construction materials!

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Trosclair, Thibodeaux, and Ulysse are three pigs with a whole lot to do. Their mom has just kicked them out of the house and it's time they make their own way and start constructing new homes in the heart of the swamp. When ol' Claude the gator comes sneaking along, however, the three brothers are forced to question their choice of construction materials!

This hilarious tale from the creators of the popular Petite Rouge (which School Library Journal declared "A treat from start to finish") will once again take you to the heart of the Cajun swamps and show you the Three Little Pigs like you've never seen them.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A hilarious version of the familiar tale. The pigs are named Trosclair, Thibodeaux, and Ulysse (also know as Boo), and their antagonist is Ol' Claude, the alligator of Petite Rouge infamy (Dial, 2001), who finishes off the straw and stick houses with a flap of his tail: "`Oh piggy,' say Claude with dat big gator smile,/`Could I come inside of you house for a while?'/Dat's when Trosclair shout, `No! I won't let you in;/Not by all dem hairs dat I got on my chin.'" The gator is let off easy at the end: he is nursing a burnt tail from an encounter with Ulysse's "roux," but is rescued by the pigs from becoming gumbo. Harris's amusing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations mirror the text with lan; they are full of funny details that beg to be looked at again and again (the little mouse is also back). Front matter includes a glossary of some Cajun words and a note about the rhyme scheme that facilitates reading the story aloud. Although Cajun variations on folktales are becoming plentiful, this one should not be missed.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The team behind the award-winning Petite-Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (2001) now turns their talents to the story of the three little pigs. Harris's playful and detailed watercolor and pencil illustrations heighten the quirky humor of Artell's rhyming verse, which is characterized by heavy, but accessible, Cajun dialect. The pigs, Trosclair, Thibodeaux and Ulysse, no sooner build their respective houses of straw, sticks and brick then they are set upon by Ol' Claude, the gator who "hiss and puff and he make his face frown, / He wiggle a little and turn hisself roun'." With mighty swipes, Claude demolishes the first two homes with his tail, but when he squeezes down the chimney of the brick house, he is stymied by a roux bubbling beneath him. Figuring the alligator has learned his lesson, the pigs finally cover the pot, allowing Claude to escape. This retelling of the traditional story is Cajun both in language and lesson. Emphasizing devotion to family and extending others the benefit of the doubt, it also conveys the very Cajun notion that there are few situations that cannot be improved with a big pot of gumbo among friends. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
"This retelling of the traditional story is Cajun both in language and lesson. Emphasizing devotion to family and extending others the benefit of the doubt, it also conveys the very Cajun notion that there are few situations that cannot be improved with a big pot of gumbo among friends." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101653449
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/05/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
13 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Mike Artell is an award-winning children's book author, illustrator and television cartoonist. Mike's books include nationally recognized lift-the-flap board books for small children and non-fiction books for older children. Mike has also written and illustrated teacher and parent resource books on subjects as diverse as ecology, parties, drawing and young authorship. In addition to his work as an author and illustrator, Mike also has extensive experience as:

· A musician who plays guitar, bass, keyboard and blues harmonica.
· A storyteller who regularly performs original poems and tales.
· A newspaper editorial cartoonist.
· A magazine and greeting card writer and cartoonist.
· A keynote speaker for major educational conferences.
· A marketing consultant/board member for several high technology companies.
· The host of his own television cartooning show.

Each year, Mike shares his books and his writing/drawing techniques with thousands of students at dozens of schools across the country. During that same year, Mike typically writes and illustrates 2 books, conducts 6 teacher workshops, addresses 10 educational conferences and visits 6 libraries or children's museums.

Mike also conducts "author/illustrator in residence" programs at schools. Mike has personally guided more than 4,000 students through the process of writing and illustrating their own picture books. For this work, Mike was recognized by the Northshore (LA) chapter of the International Reading Association for "exemplary service in the promotion of literacy."

Several of Mike's books have been award-winners. Most recently, Mike's astronomy book for children, Starry Skies, was named a 1998 Best Science Book For Children by Science Books and Films magazine, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Mike's books have also been named "Pick of the Lists" by Publisher's Weekly, "Top 100" by Curriculum Administrator Magazine and "Teacher's Choice" by Learning Magazine.

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Three Little Cajun Pigs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kasemom More than 1 year ago
This is a great family favorite!!! I recommend it highly. This a cute and funny book.