Though the story is familiar, Teague puts his own twist on this tale, and it becomes clear that the wolf isn’t always bad, just hungry. After their farmer pays them for their work and moves to Florida, the pigs must each decide how to spend their money, with predictable yet humorous results. In the end, all four animals wind up living together in the brick house, happily ever after.
With its large, colorful illustrations, this book is perfect for reading aloud to a group. Because the story is one they have likely heard before, asking children what they think will happen next will elicit a positive response and allow for conversation as you read together. Check out other picture books by Mark Teague and notice how the illustrations are similar. Children delight in seeing characters they recognize in books, and Teague’s comical illustrations help tell his stories. Talking about the pictures and asking what will happen next are both great ways to get your child ready to read!
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Posted by: Ali