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The Three Little Javelinas
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The Three Little Javelinas

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by Susan Lowell, Jim Harris (Illustrator)

Into English ESL Library Level F/Grade 5 title


Into English ESL Library Level F/Grade 5 title

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this retelling of The Three Little Pigs set in the American Southwest, the cherished porkers are transformed into javelinas, the hairy, swinelike creatures also known as peccaries. Their pursuer, no longer the wolf of traditional lore, becomes Coyote, that ubiquitous Southwestern trickster. In her first book for children, Lowell spices the story with elements of Native American, Mexican and Old West culture. Javelina No. 1 builds his house of tumbleweed, while his brother relies on saguaro ribs. Twice Coyote huffs and puffs and the lightweight dwellings fall, but the peccaries are saved by their resourceful sister, who has had the foresight to build her home of stout adobe bricks. This clever and flavorful change of scene puts a diverting spin on an old favorite. Harris's lively, finely detailed illustrations, with the bristling, pink-nosed peccaries clad in cowboy outfits, amusingly contrast the villain's vigorous wiles with the title characters' cozy domesticity. Sprightly fun. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
A zesty southwestern version of The Three Little Pigs. Javelinas (related to swine) are hairy beasties with pink snouts. The tale is told with gusto. "The big bad wolf" is Coyote, famous in Native American tales as a trickster. Coyote meets his match when he tangles with the 3rd javelina who is smart and the only female! Her house is built not out of tumbleweeds, or saguaro ribs, but adobe bricks! The western duds on the javelinas add humor to the pictures.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Most kids know the "Three Little Pigs", so try this Wild West version of an old fable. Scurrying from a tumbleweed shack to a saguro rib hut to an adobe brick house, three pint-sized wild pigs try to outwit a huffing, puffing big, bad coyote. Life lessons on preparation, teamwork and common sense make this a good reminder for intermediate students.
Karen Hutt
In a southwestern version of "The Three Little Pigs," Coyote howls every night as he remembers how he landed in the wood stove of the wisest of three javelinas (not true pigs, but animals related to swine that are common to the Southwest). Lowell incorporates bits of the cultures and languages of the Southwest, but her version lacks the drama of the original story, and her explanatory notes intrude rather than enhance the tale. Harris' illustrations are appealing and humorous, however, and children who loved the original will enjoy this version.

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Cooper Square Publishing Llc
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Three Little Javelinas Series
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Product dimensions:
9.46(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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ziasunbird More than 1 year ago
A Southwestern twist on the "Three Little Pigs" tale, this tale tells the story of three little javelinas (a variety of wild pig) who meet up with a coyote, who stands in for the traditional wolf. Otherwise, the story follows the same familiar plot. Local touches show one javelina building his house from cactus ribs, and the 3rd one uses adobe bricks. This smartest little javelina, in whose house the others all shelter is a girl javelina, adding some gender equality into the old mix. The illustrations are wonderful, and any child, whether from the Southwest or not, should love this new telling of an old tale. I have given the book to half a dozen children ranging in age from 3 to 5, and their parents report that the kids enjoy it. I think the parents do too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Three Little Javelinas is a great story. Our class used this book when comparing similar stories. In this case, we compared it to The Three Little Pigs. Unlike the traditional fairy tale, this book had a girl javelina. It also had a Southwestern touch to the pigs building supplies and other things. Definitely an enjoyable book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cute!
Mother_of_picky_reader More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book that us adults love as well as our lovely two year old. It teaches them different words and how there are similar stories just slightly different in other areas. We loved the graphics and how there really wasn't that much violence in it. We had a difficult time finding a book about the three little pigs that wasn't to violent for our two year old. I strongly recommend this book to any one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago