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Crispin and the 3 Little Piglets

Dewan, T. (2003). Crispin and the 3 little piglets. New York: Doubleday Book for Young Readers.

Crispin Tamworth is an only child. Well, until the 3 little piglets were born. They’re favorite song and story is the 3 little pigs, so its no wonder Crispin wants to play the Big Bad Wolf.

Genre: Folktale, Picturebook, Animal Realistic Fiction

Grades: Pre-K – 2nd

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a three. I do enjoy the illustrations and the ending, however there were aspects of the book I just didn’t like.

How many of you have younger siblings?

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The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Title: The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Bibliography: McNamara, M. (2011). The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot. New York: Shwartz & Wade

Short Annotation: This is the story of the three little pigs with a huge twist! Instead of three little pigs, there are three little aliens who each inhabit their own planet. They must try and protect themselves from the big bad robot who flies to their planets!

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy fairytales, children who like outer space.

Personal response and rating: This was a hilarious version of the three little pigs and also taught the reader about planets, which is a plus! Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone know the planets in our solar system?

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Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

Title: Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

Bibliographic information: San Souci, R. (1998). Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks

Brief annotation: This is a Cinderella Story from the Caribbean. Cendrillon was born and her mother died shortly after. Her father remarried but her step-mother was awful. When she is older there is a ball but she is not allowed to go. The woman who was made her godmother when she was born comes back to help her attend the ball and find true love.

Genre: Folktale

Grade level: 3rd – 5th grade

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book. I like that the story is almost exactly the same just from a different country/culture.

Question: Have you heard any variations of Cinderella or other folktales?

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The Irish Cinderlad

Title: The Irish Cinderlad

Bibliographic information: Climo, S. (1996). The Irish Cinderlad. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Brief annotation: This is a Cinderella Story from Ireland. It is a story about a young boy who only worries about his large feet…until his father gets remarried. His step-family treats him terribly so he runs away. On his journey he defeats a giant, slays a dragon and saves a princess. He leaves before the princess can thank him, leaving only a very large boot. The princess travels across the entire kingdom looking for the owner of the boot.

Genre: Folktale

Grade level: 3rd – 5th grade

Who will like this book: Reader’s who enjoy Cinderella and other folktales will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book. I like that the author put a male twist on a familiar female story.

Question: What can you tell me about the story just from the title?

Learning Strategy: Double-Entry Journal – I think that this would be a good learning strategy because they can have parts from this story in one column and compare it to Cinderella in the other.

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Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Title: Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Bibliographic information: Louie, A. (1982). Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China. New York: Penguin Group, Puffin Books

Brief annotation: This is a Cinderella Story from China. Yeh-Shen was born to one of two wives of Chief Wu. Her mother died so she was raised by her father and his second wife. She had only one friend, a fish that she helped to grow to be very large. her step-mother tricks the fish into thinking it will be fed but instead she kills it. Yeh-Shen is overcome with sorrow but doesn’t know that the bones of the fish have a spirit inside them. When she is forbidden to attend the festival the spirit assists her in attending anyway.

Genre: Folktale

Grade level: 3rd – 5th grade

Who will like this book: Reader’s who enjoy Cinderella and other folktales will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book. I think it is great to see stories that we are familiar with from the perspective of another culture.

Question: Can you explain what Cinderella is about?

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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Title: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Bibliography: Trivizas, Eugene. (1997). The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Short Annotation: A different take on the classic Three Little Pigs tale where the roles are reversed and the big bad pig comes to eat the three little wolves.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 2-5

Readers who will like this book: Children who are enjoy fairy tales, children who enjoy adventure, adults

Personal response and rating: I didn’t enjoy this one as much. I got bored with it.

Question: Does anyone know the characters of the three little pigs? Who is the villain?
What if the roles were reversed?

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Title: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Bibliography: Scieszka, Jon. (1996). The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. New York: Puffin.

Short Annotation: The three little pigs story told from the wolf’s point of view.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-5

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy fairytales.

Personal response and rating: I thought this book was great. It was full of wit even adults will love. Rating: 5

Question: Does anyone know the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs? Who’s point of view is the story told from?

Reading Strategy Connection:

a. Reading strategy: Reading Log

b: This strategy has the students writing their reactions and opinions about the book their listening to during a read-aloud. Pictures are also encouraged.

c: This strategy would work well with this book because the students are most likely already familiar with the original Three Little Pigs story, so they can use the reading log to note their reactions to this story which puts a twist on the original story.