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The Three Little Pigs

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All three pigs set out to seek their fortune, but two of them come to a sorry end. "All in all, a very appealing edition of a beloved story." -- School Library Journal
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Overview

All three pigs set out to seek their fortune, but two of them come to a sorry end. "All in all, a very appealing edition of a beloved story." -- School Library Journal
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The classic folktale.
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"All in all, a very appealing edition of a beloved story." School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
From Walt Disney to David Wiesner, this porcine trio inspires many retellings, but this picture book is faithful without being too gory for young readers. A tearful older mother waves goodbye to her three pigs as they set out to make their way in the world. The first pig meets a man with straw and the pig builds his house with the straw. Unfortunately the wolf that arrives is not friendly and this little pig gets eaten by the wolf. The second pig meets the same fate as the wolf's yellow eyes almost glow with triumph. The third pig is more fortunate because he has a stronger house and has outwitted the wolf. While the story does not spare anything, it does not go into great detail; young readers can still enjoy the theme of readiness, hard work and the third pig's triumph. The pen and ink illustrations show lots of details in the houses and the wolf which add to the story. The book's size makes it good choice to read aloud and easily show the pictures. Beginning readers can easily follow the words without being overwhelmed; all can be satisfied with a faithful rendering of this classic story. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899196831
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Series: Carry-Along Book and Cassette Favorites Ser.
  • Edition description: BK&CSST
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Recommended

    Paul Galdone illustrations are always great! Traditional version of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Don't read it to small children!!!

    Unfortunately I did not review this book before purchasing. I wanted to read this to my Kindergarten class. When I got home I read the story and was surprised to know that the first 2 pigs were eaten by the wolf!! This is horrible and a waste of money!! I understand that we should not sugar coat things and a folk tale is a story that is retold and retold in different versions, but this book is too violent for young children! Don't waste your money!!

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Very disappointing...!

    The Three Little Pigs looses a lot in translation when presented in this format. The book Does not come with the cd. Each page has double passages, same words, very different fonts. Not a good way to introduce an eager young reader to a long time favorite!

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Story is ok...not set up for nook.

    My son loves the Three Little Pigs story so I purchased this book on my nookcolor. Not a good idea as it is not formatted correctly and takes away from the story. I wish you could preview how books would show up on the nook before the purchase...waste of money.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    The original story, rewritten by the Author

    Bought this book without reading a review... now I do not know what to do with it. This version is close to the original version and it is way too violent. I was actually looking for a latter (written out death or violence in the story) that still brings the same moral and that kids enjoy tremendously

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

    It's not that depressing

    If the lazy pigs did not get eaten then it might show that bad things do not result from unpreparedness. Sometimes we have to learn harsh things and there isn't always a sweet way to say it. This is probably going to be as sweet as it gets. Secondly, this story was never a Grimm's fairy tale. And thirdly the fact that a story is a genuine Grimm's fairy tale already means that the story is not an "grass-roots" original because the Grimms sugar-coated the stories themselves to make them appropriate for what they thought children at the time could handle. This is a story worth learning from.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Three Little Pigs not fair to wolves

    Borrowed it from the library originally for my 3 year old. She absolutely loved it and asked about it after it was returned. Went to B&N and bought it. It's ok since Maile likes it but I myself am not into making the wolf into a villian. They've been misrepresented through history so if you love wolves I don't recommend this book. But if you have a kid who loves the book just explain the wolf is not a bad animal. Pigs are wonderful too. pEaCe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    True to the one that I remember

    Just what I was looking for . In this story , unlike the modern version's ,the little pigs that did not work hard got eaten by the ' big bad wolf ' . The third little pig that worked hard was rewarded .No political correct sugar coating here . This is the classic tale .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    traumatizing version

    While Paul Galdone's version of the Three Little Pigs is wonderfully illustrated with bright watercolors the story telling itself is very disturbing. Rather than the commonly heard versions where the first two brothers escape the wolf and live with their brother in the brick house, this story returns to its Grimm's roots. The wolf eats the first two brothers, which is pretty upsetting at first. I found myself utterly depressed after a few pages later the third brother is sitting in his living room with pictures of his killed brothers smiling down on him. I'm 18 and was traumatized, I don't know how a younger child would deal with this!

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