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The Three Little Pigs (Keepsake Stories) Paperback – August 23, 2001
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
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- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1577683676
- ISBN-13 : 978-1577683674
- Product Dimensions : 7.7 x 0.09 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Brighter Child; Rev Upd edition (August 23, 2001)
- Reading level : 4 - 9 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now, the text, on the other hand, I didn't like at all. First of all, the flow of the story doesn't feel right to me, it just doesn't roll off the tongue as it should.
But more importantly, this version makes some questionable decisions which alter the intended message (at least compared to what I remember from my childhood).
The main point of the story is that the piggy who quickly builds his house out of straw to have more time to play around is the laziest, while the one who uses bricks is hard-working, and the latter gets reward for his hard work and wit at the end. Here this point is very unclear. The first piggy starts building his straw house while the other two are just observing, and the brick house piggy starts last. The whole idea is that the first one is in too much hurry to finish and play, while the last one spends lots of time working instead of playing. It's not about "look, this piggy is smarter", it's about hard work. I've heard versions where they start together, but first two are already playing while the last one is still finishing his brick house, or another one where the brick house pig starts early while the last pig plays around and enjoys the last days of summer, only to build his straw house at the last moment. Both of these would work and have the same idea, which the author misunderstands completely...
In addition to that, some other weird decisions with the story direction were made.
As far as I remember, the wolf would use one breath for the straw house, two for the stick house, and would fail with three on the brick house. This shows that every next one requires more effort. Here it feels like the first two are equally easy for him and he just immediately gives up with the brick house...
Also, when the wolf decides to go down the chimney the pigs "guessed what he's going to do" and start the fire. Doesn't make sense - if they start fire, there would be smoke and the wolf won't go down the chimney. The reasonable progression of the story would be if he started to go down, they saw the soot falling into the fireplace or maybe heard him walking on the roof, and then started it up before he reached the bottom.
Neither of these are a big deal, but... these annoying little things add up and spoil the overall impression.