Thursday, March 5, 2009
The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs, by John Scieszka, Illus. by Lane Smith
Every Family Reads, made possible by The Library Foundation and others, is a program in Multnomah County, Oregon where copies of a book are distributed to the public, for free, in an effort to get families to read and discuss what they read together. They picked a fun one this year.
We all know the 3 Little Pigs story, but this book gives you the rest of the story. The fickle media can make any innocent mistake look like a smouldering scandal. The wolf lays out his case to the world and invites you to be the judge.
We like this book, my kids and I. I appreciate parodies of traditional tales as long as children know the original tales they spoof. It's hard to explain why something like this is funny when a child has never heard "how it's supposed to go". I'm finding that the original stories are getting a little lost in today's curriculum.
But I digress.... This is a good one. Just make sure the kids know the original story first. If you want other ideas for talking about the book with your kids, go here.