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The Three Little Pigs (Folk Tale Classics) Hardcover – March 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Folk Tale Classics
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547370202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547370200
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clear plots, careful prose style, and bright, action-packed illustrations have catapulted Paul Galdone's takes on traditional tales to the top of teachers' and librarians' lists for decades. Galdone retold and illustrated many folk and fairy tales during his long career, including The Gingerbread Boy, The Little Red Hen, Puss in Boots, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. His stories always have an exact picture-to-text match and a thoughtful distribution of text to illustration, making them excellent choices for reading aloud to a group of children.

This edition of the popular story of three porcine siblings and one wily wolf has endured for almost 30 years--the building of different kinds of houses, the wolf's various attempts to lure the smart pig from his brick house, and the satisfying denouement, where the wolf lands in the pot of boiling water as the main course for the pig's supper. Before children can understand a hilarious parody such as Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, they should get a delicious, Galdone-style taste of the real McCoy. (Ages 3 to 6) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"All in all, a very appealing edition of a beloved story." School Library Journal

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My child fell in love with this combo when we checked it out at our public library.
J. Grimmett
Also - this version is a little longer than the normal story by having the wolf try to trick the 3rd pig into getting outside - which makes the story even better!
Mr. R. R. HERMAN
Did the pigs' mom always send them away in tears because she could not afford to keep them?
E. Mathews

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on December 20, 1999
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When my older son became fascinated with the Three Little Pigs after seeing a version of it on Sesame Street, I did some research on this site to decide the best version to buy him in book form, and decided on this one. I was glad I did---as he really enjoyed many readings of this version until he moved onto new interests! It's not for the faint hearted, as the first two pigs do get eaten, and the pictures of the houses falling show sticks all over and pigs flying away, but that's life in fairy tales! The text is straightforward, the pictures are clear and well done. Consider this version!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Galdone has done us all a great favor with this fine edition of a classic, odd story. The previous reviewer doesn't seem to realize that this is indeed a complete traditional version of this story, with the orchard and butterchurn material that has been deleted from many modern retellings. Galdone tells it straight, without much revising, which is increasingly rare; modern authors and illustrators seem to think these stories have been done to death and instead choose to parody them, perhaps not realizing that everything is new to a young child, and kids won't realize what is being parodied until they know the original. Galdone's illustations are active, fun, engaging, memorable, and thoroughly.. well, illustrative!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Paul Galdone's "Three Little Pigs" is not your modern PC version of piggies vs wolf. In this story pigs get eaten. Which is perhaps why this book was on my entering kindergartner's Summer Reading List. Far from being watered down and shortened, this version includes the bits about the wolf's trying to trick pig #3 into getting within grabbing range: let's get turnips together... apples together, and finally, let's go to the fair together.

It also has the wolf becoming so enraged that he forgets how well this little piggy has consistently outwitted him. Angrily, he crawls down the chimney only to become the pig's dinner.

Thus, all of the `morality play' aspects of the story remain. Now whether a young child can shift through the material to garner those gems depends upon the child. My approach is if not now, then later.

Interestingly, one of the things that I found was that my children -boy and girl, 3 and 5 respectively-were unconcerned with the fate of the `less wary' pigs. At this point in time, they simply do not appear to identify with the porcine characters and consequently did not find the story scary or disturbing.

Buy this book if you want the classic story. It is longer, but for toddlers you can simply skip over the extra attempts of the wolf to trick the 3rd piggy, and go to the chimney directly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Grimmett on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
My child loves this book/cassette combo. He loves it more than the so-called 'friendlier', non-pig eatin' versions that currently on the market. This, of course, surprised me...but I guess it shouldn't. This version is richer in conflict; and in turn, more thought-provoking than the other versions. If you think your child would enjoy this type of story line, like mine has; then by all means, purchase this combo for him/her! Only you know what is/is not suitable for your child.
My child fell in love with this combo when we checked it out at our public library. So much, in fact, that I had to find a way to purchase it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Spence on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful presentation of the original story without the moralisms of Disney's adaptation. There is bad and good luck, cunning, bravery and dealing with tough situations without whining. This leaves room for children to respond to the story and interpret it. My two year old grandson loved it, even if he didn't know what a churn was. The drawings are stylish. I recommend it as an addition to your basic library of classic children's tales.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "msmutty2" on September 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
This version of the Three Little Pigs is excellent. The original tale with the actual eating of the pigs and wolf. My tot is the sweetest kid in the world, and he loves this book. Definitely his favorite for a few weeks. I don't have the audio cassette version, but I recently bought the audio version of Rumplestiltskin, and it's great too. I'm actually on here now to buy more audio cassette books, as many Paul Galdone books as I can find.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Claxton on May 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
I always loved this story as a child, so it is one that I have inflicted on my daughter (almost 4) in hopes that she would love it as well. We were planning a trip, so I purchased the audio version so she could listen to the story while we were driving. While it is not the PC version where the first and second little pigs get away and run to the home of their brother with the brick home (they are actually eaten as each of their homes is huffed and puffed to the ground)--it is still a great story and provided hours of entertainment. We are constantly finding the value of books with tapes for car travel and it helps a lot when the books are well written and illustrated. This one is all of that and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. R. HERMAN on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
THE BEST 3 PIG STORY IN THE WORLD!! Not politically correct as all versions are watered down now - so my boys love it (3 & 5). The first 2 pigs get ate by the wolf, and the 3rd pig wins out in the end by eating the wolf. Pictures are AWESOME! My kids love reading along - and we love doing voices for each character. Also - this version is a little longer than the normal story by having the wolf try to trick the 3rd pig into getting outside - which makes the story even better! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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