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The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale



Last updated Monday, November 2, 2015

Author: Steven Guarnaccia
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 0810989417
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2015

Synopsis: In this quirky, artsy retelling of “The Three Little Pigs,” the pigs and their homes are nods to three famous architects—Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright—and their signature homes. Each house is filled with clever details, including furnishings by the architects and their contemporaries. Of course, not all the houses are going to protect the pigs from the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Which one will? The wolf, and readers, are in for a clever surprise ending.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Who are the three little pigs? Do you know their story?
•  What do you think the three pigs will do with the tools they are holding on the cover of the book?
•  What does retold mean?
•  What is an architectural tale?

Vocabulary

•  architectural - relating to the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings
•  architect - a person who designs buildings
•  concrete - a heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stone-like mass on hardening
•  smithereens - broken into small pieces
•  orchard - a piece of land planted with fruit trees
•  scorching - burning, very hot
•  streaming - an act or instance of flowing
•  admiring - look at with pleasure

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Which house do you think is the strongest?
•  Which house do you like the best?
•  If you built a house, what materials would you use?
•  How did the third pig outsmart the wolf?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a design of a house. Attach craft sticks for wooden beams, silver/glittery paper for windows, and various colors of construction paper for walls and a yard. Use other scraps of material to add on for decoration.
•  Check out our Pinterest for craft suggestions! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/november-2015-crafts/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!