Three little wolves and parody

For the first week of school Grade 1-5 read one of my favourite books, The three little wolves and the big bad pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury. This parody of the traditional tale gives the wolves’ perspective on the bully pig. However, the story has a delightful ending where all the main characters become friends, which is the way I like stories to end.

For each of the books we read this year we are going to identify the PYP attitudes reflected in the book. For this one we chose cooperation, empathy and appreciation. Appreciation of all the beautiful things in life, including houses of flowers, can help us enjoy life more!

With grade 4 and 5 classes we talked about parody of traditional tales, including Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and other fractured fairytales, as they are often called. You can find out more about these and write your own at ReadWriteThink.org here.

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