Thursday, June 28, 2012

Read with Me! Book 13 - The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A.Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka

Ok, I love this story (and from the laughs, I know my husband did, too!). But it may be a little too advanced for my 2 1/2 year old. I realized at the start of the story that I may be in a little over her head. It starts off "Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs" well, I am not sure I have ever read that story to her. Our favorite part of the story was when the wolf compared eating cute little animals to
eating cheeseburgers - her favorite food is cheeseburgers! Since I knew that she did not have the background of what "and he huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down" or the "not by the hair on your chinny-chin-chin" would mean, I went ahead and over exaggerated the sneezing (which is what A.Wolf claimed to have been doing...he was completely misunderstood). She enjoyed the story despite the fact that I am sure she didn't get it :)

If I could go back in time, or for when I read this story again, I will make sure that we read the original (or multiple versions of) The Three Little Pigs! After that, there are quite a few language topics that can be addressed:

Prediction: from the story title plus looking at the cover, see if your child can guess what the story will be about. Early prediction skills will be weak at best but it is an important reading skill. You can even go ahead and read the first page of the story then guess what it'll be about.

Comparison: after reading the 3 Little Pigs and then The Real Story of the 3 Little Pigs you can talk about the differences in the two "sides" of the story. This could lead to a good conversation about not jumping to conclusions and hearing (within reason) both sides of a story.

Recall: although I haven't talked about this reading skill yet, the ability to answer questions after hearing a passage or story is very important (remember all of those standardized tests you took in many of them had you read and answer questions? Lots! This is a very important skill). At this point, I would try to determine how well your child answers questions...can she answer questions pretty accurately after hearing one page? three to five pages?  the whole story?

Ordinal numbers: this could be a good time to really stop and talk about the concepts of first, second and third (you could keep going to fourth, fifth, etc... if you really wanted to). Not only could you talk about the first, second and third little pig, but you could talk about what the wolf did first, second and third. You could talk about the first, second and third house.

Typically in my post for this Read with Me! set that we are doing, I have activities posted to my pinterest page. However, all of the activities I could find (in the time that I gave myself to research) were for 1st to 5th graders (see, I thought this was a little advanced for my preschooler!). So, if you have an older child, search for some fun writing activities and some comparisons of the quality of building materials.

I hope that you enjoy this story as much as my husband and I did :) Let me know if you have any other great preschool activities that go along with The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

If you'd like to own this book, I have a link to Amazon below or you can check it out at your local library!

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