Tuesday 7 October 2014

Ladybird Tuesday - The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs is part of Series 606D - Well Loved Tales. I think that most people had at least one of these books around when they were little. Published between 1964 and the early 1990s, these books were re-tellings of classic stories and fairy tales, and were graded in order of reading difficulty. The Three Little Pigs was published in 1965 and is one of the earliest books in the series, along with classics like Cinderella and The Elves and the Shoemaker. It is a Grade 1, so at the easiest reading level.

Ladybird Well Loved Tales - The Three Little Pigs

The book contains all the classic lines - "By the hair of my chinny chin chin, I will not let you come in" and "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow yourself in". The story does get a little more complicated than I remember it though when it comes to the third pig with the house of bricks. Although the first two pigs get eaten up (no sanitised version here), the third pig spends the last two thirds of the book outwitting the wolf before the wolf meets his inevitable fate in the cooking pot.

Ladybird Well Loved Tales - The Three Little Pigs

The illustrations in the book are a little more cartoonish than you usually see in a Ladybird book, perhaps because it is animals rather than humans that are being portrayed. Although at an easier reading level I think it would still be a challenging book for a new reader, but it would also be great for reading aloud to younger children.

Ladybird Well Loved Tales - The Three Little Pigs

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

Below you can find links to all my Ladybird Tuesday book posts.

Snow White and Rose Red
Hansel and Gretel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
The Railway Children
A Little Princess
A First book of Aesop's Fables

A Ladybird Book about Knitting
More Things to Make - For Special Occasions
Easy to Make Puppets
Learning to Sew
Stamp Collecting
Tricks and Magic

Prehistoric Animals and Fossils
Stone Age Man in Britain
Great Civilisations - Crete
Charles Dickens
Lives of the Great Composers Book 1
Lives of the Great Composers Book 2
The Story of Music

Plants and How They Grow
The Ladybird Book of the Night Sky
Sea and Air Mammals
The Farm

The Story of Nuclear Power
The Motor Car
How it Works - The Computer
How it Works - The Rocket
The Story of Ships
The Postman and the Postal Service
People at Work - The Nurse

Understanding Numbers
Talkabout Clothes
Going to School
Teaching Reading

Stories of Special Days and Customs
Christmas Customs

Girls and Boys - A Ladybird Book of Childhood

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