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Fairy Tales with a Twist

It can be great fun to rewrite a well known fairy tale or children's story changing the details of the story or writing it from a different point of view. Introduce your children to rewriting well known tales by reading a standard version of "The Three Little Pigs" first and then reading one or more of the following three little pigs stories with a twist. Once they understand how each of these authors has changed the story, have them create their own version of another famous children's story. Possibilities: "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Princess and the Pea," "Rapunzel," or "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator), A. Wolf
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
by Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
When it comes time for the three little wolves to go out into the world and build themselves a house, their mother warns them to beware the big bad pig. But the little wolves' increasingly sturdy dwellings are no match for the persistent porker, who has more up his sleeve than huffing and puffing. It takes a chance encounter with a flamingo pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers to provide a surprising and satisfying solution to the little wolves' housing crisis.
The Three Pigs
by David Wiesner
This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf"s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Fans of Tuesday"s frogs and Sector 7"s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise.
The Three Little Javelinas
by Susan Lowell, Jim Harris (Illustrator)
The traditional story of the three little pigs moves to the southwest where the big bad wolf becomes a coyote and the three little pigs are javelinas building their homes from tumbleweed, saguro cactus and adobe.

Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark
by Donivee M. Laird, Carol Jossem (Illustrator)
The three little pigs story is set in Hawaii with a shark playing the menacing role of the big bad wolf.

The Three Little Cajun Pigs
by Berthe Amoss
Poor Little Chubby, Pudgy & Cochon! That mean ol' alligator, M'Sieur Cocdrie, wants to gobble them up for his din-din! But, cher, he can huff and puff all he wants--you'll help the little Cajun pigs escape using Cochon's clever plan at the end of the book. Just move M'Sieur Cocdrie from the cover of the book and pass him through the slits in the pages until he gets what he deserves!
The Three Little Pigs and the Fox: An Appalacian Tale
by William H. Hooks, S. D. Schnidler (Illustrator)
These three little pigs aren't quite so little anymore. In fact, they're so big they can barely fit in the house with their dear sweet Mama. It's time for them to go out and seek their fortunes. As each one leaves, Mama tells them to remember three things. One: Watch out for the tricky old drooly-mouth fox. Two: Build a safe, strong house of rocks. Three: Come home to see their Mama every single Sunday. After each older boy leaves, a whole month fo sundays pass without seeing snout nor tail of him. Now it's time for the littlest girl to go, but Mama doesn't want her to leave, too. None of her children every comes back! But this little piggy has learned everything she needs to know from her Mama. She'll make her way in the world just fine, even with a tricky old drooly-mouth fox around.
Wait! No Paint!
by Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
All the three little pigs want to do is move out of their crowded home (where seventy-three other little pigs live) and build their own little houses. But wait! What's that sticky orange juice doing on the first little pig's straw house? And why is the second pig turning green? And what does it all have to do with the mysterious voice the pig keep hearing? Full of surprises, laughs, and hilarious wordplay, this quirky retelling of "The Three Little Pigs" encourages readers to look at this favorite story in a whole new way.
Alaska's Three Pigs
by Arlene Laverde, Mindy Dwyer (Illustrator)
The newest addition to the Paws IV line of Alaska children's books features the classic story of those irresistible little pigs--retold Alaskan-style, as the pigs camp, fish, ski, and build homes on the Last Frontier!

"Once upon a time in the wilds of Alaska, there were three little pigs." And so begins the adventure of three outdoor-loving pigs who head to Alaska to homestead and "grow big cabbages." After playing under the Midnight Sun, it's time to get busy and build safe homes for the winter. The first and second little pigs are creative, but it's the third hardworking little pig who uses solid glacier ice: a good thing when a hungry grizzly bear is awakened! This delightful take on the original is full of Alaska details and is sure to charm readers of all ages.

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