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The Three Little Pigs (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140557423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140557428
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including THE STUPIDS, MISS NELSON IS MISSING!, and the ever-popular GEORGE AND MARTHA books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

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By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just couldn't bear to let a middle school kid give this book an "average customer review" of one star. This book is a side-splitter. Absolutely hysterical. My children were rolling on the floor. Also get Marshall's "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Red Riding Hood" for a set of some of the best retellings ever. Marshall's wry sense of humor makes him a favorite in our home school.
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My 2.5 year old loves this book. Now he asks everyone what their house is made of.
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This version of The Three Little Pigs is witty, engaging, and easy for younger listeners to follow. The illustrations are also fantastic; fans of James Marshall will not be disappointed. The only flaw to this book, in my mind, is the font. The font is fine for adult readers, but for novice readers just learning how to negotiate books on their own, it is a little distracting and unclear.
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I like this story and my grandchildren enjoy the story and pictures, however they are still very small (less than 3 years). I gave it 4 stars because my daughter picked it up to read to the kids and was horrified that the wolf actually eats the pigs. In the end, the pig eats the wolf! But she doesn't know that because she decided it was inappropriate for the kids. I find the book amusing and think it tells the story how it really is supposed to be, except for a sidetrack near the end how the last piggie keeps arranging to meet the wolf then outsmarting him. When I think more about it it though, I suppose the theme is that it is teaching how to trick the bad guy so you can get even. Ok, now I am thinking WAY too much about it and can see my daughter's point of view. Bottom line is - it's a fairly tale that has been told for many decades, if not a century or so. It is a fun story to tell and very fun to read to little ones changing your voice to be the wolf or the wee little piggies, even better when you huff and puff and BLOW the house down! The kids enjoy it and I really don't think they think that much about it at all. After all, they eat pretty much anything themselves :)
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I love James Marshall books. I am a grandma and I collect them for myself. I even read them to my grandchildren. We like the humor. I am charmed by the great illustrations.
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This is obviously a variation on the original, beloved "Three Little Pigs" tale, but still wittily charming. Marshall's illustrations are eye-catching and definitely carry the story. Takes about 13 minutes to read aloud--with some elaboration--during story time. (Note: In this version the less-smart little pigs are gobbled up by the wolf; they don't escape to a sibling's house.)

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Yes, Marshall has stayed true to the original story and the wolf eats up the two foolish pigs. A lesson in Darwinism? But my kids did not get nightmares. They love the illustrations, and so do I. They also love the twisted ending. Enjoy!
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There are so many versions of this story, I am using several (including this one) to discuss the things that are alike and different about them. These are great examples to use for comprehension skills.
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