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For National Pig Day check out these versions of The Three Pigs.

The Three Little Pigs by Bernadette Watts is your more traditional three pigs story.  The line and watercolor artwork add details and new animal friends to this classic telling.  Although a more classic telling, there are some fine points that bring out the pigs characters in a genuine way.

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague is a terrific pick if you like your three pigs modernized. The farmer ditches farming and heads for Florida after paying the three pigs for all their hard work.  The three pigs, on their own for the first time, struggle with building their houses and end up using some of their money to buy soda, chips and other junk food.  The oil paintings bring out the humor and updated three pigs story.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat, as you may guess, is an Asian take on the three pigs.  The plot in this fractured tale brings with it a martial arts flavor with a clear idea running through it to follow-through with your training.  The Manga-style artwork is done with Sumi brushwork on rice paper and completed in Adobe Photoshop.

The Three Little Pigs: A Folk Tale Classic by Paul Galdone is such a wonderful time-honored telling.  It features lighthearted cartoon artwork with a bit of a twist with all the pigs surviving.  This version rhymes and is done with a cheerful tone and silly pictures.

If you’re in the mood for something VERY different try one of these fractured Three Pigs stories. These versions use the three ‘somethings’ in place of the pigs and changes the wolf ‘villian’ to another character completely.  They’re entertaining and interesting.

The Children’s Services website has a thorough list of Three Little Pigs stories both traditional and fractured here.  Enjoy!

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 The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone has a few contemporaries that fit in with the ‘wait for the fat goat‘ motif described by Margaret Read MacDonald in The Storyteller’s Sourcebook.

Three Cool Kids by Rebecca Emberley takes the story to an urban setting.  The goats have to get to the new vacant lot with lots of grass, but the rat in the sewer under the street has other ideas.  The artwork is done with cut paper and adds a very nice touch of texture.  This is a good opportunity to discuss with children the intended pun of kids and that young goats are kids too.  Emberley also gives her goats more personality with ‘Big’ is bossy, ‘Middle’ is a girl with jingley silver bracelets, and ‘Little’ has new red sneakers.

The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachel Mortimer, illustrated by Liz Pichon has a fun and silly twist where the 3 goats are so noisy going over the bridge that the troll gets fed up with all the trip-trapping.  He says he’s going to eat them to get a little peace and quiet.  Mother goat comes to the rescue with her knitting.  Read this title to find out how the troll finally gets to sleep!

The Three Bully Goats by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Will Terry is my favorite version that diverts from the classical tale.  Using this with school-age children to foster discussion about bullying is very useful.  The three goats are the bad-guy and the troll is this sweet little ‘Candyland’-like character.  The goats head-butt the baby animals and the troll is just trying to watch out for the babies.  The poor troll dithers over this and then remembers – Aha! there are some baby animals that have a natural defense.  You’ll roar with laughter about the conclusion and the bullies don’t get bullied, they suffer the consequences of their own behavior.  I like that so much.

Using different versions of a fairytale usually works best with second graders and older.  Try one of these and see what kind of comparison, discussion, and entertainment you find.

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