This week for Booklovers Anonymous I share a fun twist on an old fairy tale. The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury revisits the story with the pig as the antagonist!
In the story, the three soft and cuddly little wolves are sent out into the world by their mother. Before they leave, she warns them to watch out for the big bad pig! Along the way, they meet other animals who give them materials to build houses out of brick, concrete, and even steel. But nothing is strong enough to protect them from the pig! (and he doesn’t just blow houses down, sometimes he blows them up!). As a last resort, the wolves build a house out of flowers, and something amazing happens! (but you will have to read the story to find out what!)
In addition to having fun reading the story (and my kids have asked me to read it over and over) there is a lot you can do with this book. For starters, it’s great for introducing the concept of compare and contrast, when you read the story along with the original. Learn NC has a lesson already created for this purpose.
If you are looking to build reading fluency, reader’s theater is a great way to do that. Timeless Teacher Stuff has a script of the book that works great for a group!
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is a lot of fun to read and serves as a great base for a few lessons, or even a unit study on fairy tales.
Thanks for joining me this week for Booklovers Anonymous! Be sure to come back next Thursday when I talk about a great book for Valetine’s Day!