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Retells the fatal episodes in the lives of two foolish pigs and how the third pig managed to avoid the same pigfalls. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A "back to basics" retelling of the classic story 20 Dec. 1999
By Suzanne Amara - Published on Amazon.com
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!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A fine version 6 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Build Your House from Bricks or... 9 Jun. 2005
By Pam - mom-ish since 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My Two Year Old Laughs Until His Sides Hurt 17 Oct. 2001
By J. Grimmett - Published on Amazon.com
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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Back to Tradition 15 Jun. 2001
By Larry D. Spence - Published on Amazon.com
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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