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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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Little Red Hot by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith is an outstanding new Red Riding Hood variant.  Kimmel says that after he finished Jack and the Giant Barbecue he wanted to write another Texas story.   Little Red Hot adds some mighty hot chili peppers to the story.  There’s an intriguing author’s note about the different varieties of hot peppers.

The illustrations are rendered in gouache, acrylic, and colored pencil paintings combined and collaged on the computer.  I love the artist’s take on the tale.  She uses perspective that is a little bit off, she plays with shapes, like the wolf’s head is a somewhat too big, and the granny has no neck, but these details make the story more interesting and the characters more endearing.

Maybe I’m just ready for winter to be over, but I was drawn to the sunny, lively story and maybe you’ll enjoy some of  Kimmel’s other Southwest stories, too.

Cactus Soup illustrated by Phil Huling.  Set during the Mexican Revolution, this is a Stone Soup recounting that uses water and a cactus thorn.   The townspeople are talked into helping feed the hungry troop of soldiers that march into town.  I always find it fascinating that in Stone Soup stories, it’s usually the children that are drawn into helping first and then the adults.

The Three Little Tamales illustrated by Valeria Docampo, is a Three Little Pigs  retelling where the three tamales run away from a restaurant.  The first one runs to the prairie where she builds a house of sagebrush.

The second goes to a cornfield and builds a house of cornstalks. The third little tamale runs to the desert and makes a house out of cactus.  Senor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, shows up with his bad ole breath and well… you’ll have to read it to find out what happens to these hot tamales.  This pleasing tale turns the pigs into food for it’s retelling.  Kimmel always adds a winning twist on his stories.

With Jack and the Giant Barbecue illustrated by John Manders, this version of Jack and the Beanstalk finds poor Jack who can’t have the barbecue he loves because the giant stole all of his dad’s recipes.  Jack figures out a way to steal back his dad’s recipe book and the giant ends up working for him!  This tall-tale like yarn is full of fun, mischief and a talking jukebox.

Eric Kimmel has written over 50 titles.  You can hear Eric read one of his stories, here.  And teachers might find these teacher guides useful, here.

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