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Alaska's Three Pigs (PAWS IV) Paperback – September 5, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: PAWS IV
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570612293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570612299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.1 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-This nicely designed book holds promise in its concept, but falls a bit flat in its execution. The premise is fun: the three little pigs go Alaskan with a starring role for a grizzly bear in place of the wolf. Unfortunately, Laverde's story is wordy and not smoothly written. Despite the use of energetic fonts to highlight key words, the text lacks the snap found in Dwyer's cartoon artwork. Set off by decorative borders, the colorful illustrations provide a few humorous visual details, e.g., the homesteading pigs are provisioned with an endless supply of canned yams, instead of Spam. However, the traditional brick house is replaced with a crystal-clear ice igloo, reinforcing an unfortunate stereotype of Alaska. Sharp-eyed readers will wonder why the huffing and puffing grizzly freezes into a Denali-sized (rectangular) ice cube after falling into a (presumably round) barrel of melted snow water. There may be a demand for this title in Alaskan libraries or in collections seeking variants on the popular tale, but this retelling does not live up to the example set by Jon Scieszka's wonderfully original The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Viking, 1989).
Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Arlene Laverde is an elementary schoolteacher, and this is her first book. Artist Mindy Dwyer is an award-winning author/illustrator of two books for children; she lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine D. Van Ells on January 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
we lived in alaska and found this to remind us of our days in alaska. The author did a great job with this story and the illustrations are excellent too! i am buying a few more to give as gifts to friends in alaska.
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By Abraham Aponte on February 18, 2013
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Never would a story and a scenary as the one dipicted by the author would have occurred to me. I really did enjoy the setting. The familiar characters in a new setting. Very ingenious.
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By Cindy Nielsen on February 13, 2013
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As a teacher of Social Studies, I love to pull literature in whenever I can. At our school, we "write across the curriculum" and having just taught my Social Studies students about continents, climate, and habitat, using this story and others has been a fun introduction to our newest writing topic: Change the setting of a fairy/folktale. They are loving it!
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My grandchildren and I read this every time they spend the night with me. This book has become a ritual with us. The ritual is now 4 years old. Thank you . Question, what is this significance of the yams???.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dakota Girl on May 27, 2010
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My mother-in-law got this book on a cruise ship. It is my favorite book to read my daughter. It's a fun adaptation of the Three Little Pigs with great animation.
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