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.

1 comment:

  1. I also like Hoodwinked's version of Red Riding Hood. I like the post-post modern twists and perspectives. Very up to date from the old German tales that were told to frighten kids to stay away from the forest so they wouldn't get lost.


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