Traditional Thursday: The True Story of The Three Little Pigs

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We’ve all heard the story of the three little pigs, a classic childhood fairytale. However, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith, is spoof on the original story of the pigs.  This time, it is told from the wolf’s point of view.  In this spin-off, Alexander (“Al”) T. Wolf isn’t portrayed as the “big, bad wolf”, as he was in the original story.  Here, he is seen as an innocent wolf who was unfairly framed.  In his defense, all he simply wanted to do was borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for granny.  Unfortunately, a bad cold and some unfriendly neighbors get Al in trouble.  Now in jail, we see the story from an entirely different point of view: the wolf’s…

If you haven’t already read this book, I highly recommend it.  I think it would be a perfect story to read after the original– this would be perfect in the classroom.  By reading the original story where the wolf is seen as the bad guy, and then reading this (allowing everyone to see the wolf’s point of view), it would teach student’s about perspective.  This is extremely important as young kids are not able to fully grasp other’s thoughts/ views (according to Piaget’s preoperational stage where children up to age 7 are seen as “egocentric).  Regardless, it is great for students to see different angles of books, and I think this exposure would be extremely beneficial and interesting for them.

-Brooks Weber

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