I love this story and I ended up with this book totally by accident. The author, Jon Scieszka, came to my kids school for an author visit a few years ago. I had not heard of him, or his books, but of all the books I've bought from author visits, this is one of the best. Susanna, thanks for creating a way for me to share this with others!
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.
Written by Jon Szieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
Suitable for: Preschool and up (including Grandpa who loves to read it to the kids)
Themes/Topics: Retelling of a classic story.
Opening and Brief Synopsis: Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pics. Or at least they think they do. But I'll let you in on a little secret. Nobody knows the real story, because nobody has ever heard my side of the story. Imagine what it must have felt like to be the wolf who was only looking for a cup of sugar while sneezing his way through a cold.
Activities: Ask how it would feel to be misunderstood and then get in trouble for an "accident." Talk about the differences between this version and the one usually told.
Why I Chose This Book: I chose this book for two reasons. The first is that it's just plain funny. I loved hearing the story as told by A. Wolf and it really is even better listening to someone else read it. As a writer, I love it because the story was rejected by editors and agents so many times before it was accepted and published. Similar to one of my other favorite authors, Stephen King, it gives me hope.