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THREE LITTLE PIGS by The Brothers Grimm


by The Brothers Grimm & illustrated by Bernadette Watts

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7358-4058-4
Publisher: NorthSouth

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)