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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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