The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

#32 of the picture books that I have been sharing and the last one, at least for a while. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Be sure to go back through and see what you missed.

The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka- Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

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You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.

In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”

“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith’s simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”
Children’s Literature

“Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”
School Library Journal

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book True Story of the 3 Little Pigs?

Point of View
Whose point of view is the story being told from?
Is this story being told in first person or third person?

Why does the wolf feel he is mislabeled as big and bad?
What does it say about the wolf’s argument that he is not bad when he eats the first pig? Was the wolf right in not allowing food to spoil?

How can the 3 little pigs story be about a sneeze and a cup of sugar?
The wolf infers that the straw house was not his fault but someone else’s. Whose? Why would the wolf refer to the third pig as the brains of the family?

Write your own article based on book by summarizing the wolf’s story.

Cause and Effect
What caused the straw house to fall down?
What cause the house of sticks to fall down?
The wolf trying to get into the third pig’s house was a result of what?

Discussion Question
Do you feel the wolf was framed?

How does this version of the story compare/contrast to the original version?
Create a Venn diagram or chart comparing and contrasting the two versions of this story.

Extension Activities
STEM – Have students create houses and see if big bad wolf (hairdryer or large fan) can blow them over.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs can be found on Amazon click HERE

Also available in Spanish on Amazon click HERE


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