The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

by Paul Galdone


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All three pigs set out to seek their fortune, but two of them come to a sorry end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780899192758
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/23/1984
Series: Paul Galdone Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 53,151
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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

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The Three Little Pigs 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
elizabethholloway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This retelling of The Three Little Pigs is accessible to children and fun. The illustrations are lively and humorous. Galdone displays real emotion on the faces of the pigs and the wolf is kind of scary. The language is clear and straightforward. Galdone is true to the original tale by allowing the wolf to eat the pigs, rather than them running to the next house. The several tries the wolf makes at the last house were new to me, but interesting. This book would be appropriate for ages 4 to 8.
esproull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this story of the Three Little Pigs, the first two pigs are eaten by the wolf before they can escape to their brother¿s house. When the wolf gets to the third little pigs house, he makes the pig three offers. First, he asks the pig to go get turnips. Next, the wolf asks the pig to go get some apples. Last, the wolf invites the pig to go to the fair. Each time, the pig outsmarts the wolf by tricking him and arriving at each place before the agreed-upon time. After failing miserably each time, the wolf resorts to climbing down the chimney where he at last meets his fate.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, not great- not very colorful and better for older kids in my opinion.
alebarbu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This version is different from the one I was familiar with. In this version, the first two little pigs get eaten by the wolf instead of being able to flee to their brother¿s. However, I suspect that the version I was familiar with is probably a toned-down version of the original tale. Then, once the wolf gets to the third little pig¿s house, instead of going down the chimney directly after trying to blow down the house, he makes three different offers to the little pig in an effort to eat him: first, he invites him to go get turnips, then apples, and finally to go to the fair. Every time, the little pig outsmarts the wolf by arriving at the place before the agreed-upon time, or by playing a trick on the wolf. It is only after these events that the wolf goes down the chimney, and meets his fate. As for the illustrations, the faces of the little pigs and the wolf are really expressive, but the wolf seems disproportionally large in some of the drawings. Also, I find that the overall quality of the drawings suffers from the ¿old-look syndrome¿ (they were made in 1970). They are well-made and quite colorful, but they look to me like they would need some freshening-up. Still, this could be an interesting read to show children differences in the versions of classic tales. Ages 4-8.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bad for 5+ ages
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately I did not review this book before purchasing. I wanted to read this to my Kindergarten class. When I got home I read the story and was surprised to know that the first 2 pigs were eaten by the wolf!! This is horrible and a waste of money!! I understand that we should not sugar coat things and a folk tale is a story that is retold and retold in different versions, but this book is too violent for young children! Don't waste your money!!
Lavon Gant More than 1 year ago
The Three Little Pigs looses a lot in translation when presented in this format. The book Does not come with the cd. Each page has double passages, same words, very different fonts. Not a good way to introduce an eager young reader to a long time favorite!
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1chelle13 More than 1 year ago
My son loves the Three Little Pigs story so I purchased this book on my nookcolor. Not a good idea as it is not formatted correctly and takes away from the story. I wish you could preview how books would show up on the nook before the purchase...waste of money.
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3-little-kids-mom More than 1 year ago
Bought this book without reading a review... now I do not know what to do with it. This version is close to the original version and it is way too violent. I was actually looking for a latter (written out death or violence in the story) that still brings the same moral and that kids enjoy tremendously
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If the lazy pigs did not get eaten then it might show that bad things do not result from unpreparedness. Sometimes we have to learn harsh things and there isn't always a sweet way to say it. This is probably going to be as sweet as it gets. Secondly, this story was never a Grimm's fairy tale. And thirdly the fact that a story is a genuine Grimm's fairy tale already means that the story is not an "grass-roots" original because the Grimms sugar-coated the stories themselves to make them appropriate for what they thought children at the time could handle. This is a story worth learning from.
amakua More than 1 year ago
Borrowed it from the library originally for my 3 year old. She absolutely loved it and asked about it after it was returned. Went to B&N and bought it. It's ok since Maile likes it but I myself am not into making the wolf into a villian. They've been misrepresented through history so if you love wolves I don't recommend this book. But if you have a kid who loves the book just explain the wolf is not a bad animal. Pigs are wonderful too. pEaCe
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Just what I was looking for . In this story , unlike the modern version's ,the little pigs that did not work hard got eaten by the ' big bad wolf ' . The third little pig that worked hard was rewarded .No political correct sugar coating here . This is the classic tale .
Guest More than 1 year ago
While Paul Galdone's version of the Three Little Pigs is wonderfully illustrated with bright watercolors the story telling itself is very disturbing. Rather than the commonly heard versions where the first two brothers escape the wolf and live with their brother in the brick house, this story returns to its Grimm's roots. The wolf eats the first two brothers, which is pretty upsetting at first. I found myself utterly depressed after a few pages later the third brother is sitting in his living room with pictures of his killed brothers smiling down on him. I'm 18 and was traumatized, I don't know how a younger child would deal with this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paul Galdone illustrations are always great! Traditional version of the story.