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“I enjoyed how Jan Brett used the story of the three little pigs and came up with her own verson.”Niki Guese wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brett, J. (2010). The 3 little dassies. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
1. This book did not receive any awards.
3. Summary: These three little sister dassies have left home to build their own homes away from the eagles. Their names are Mimbi, Pimbi, and Timbi. Mimbi begins to build a home made out of long grasses, Pimbi makes a house out of driftwood, and Timbi makes her home out of rocks even though it won’t be very easy to do. The next morning the eagle at the top of the mountain awoke and flew down in order to find food for his children. First he came upon Mimbi’s home and easily grabbed and lifted her up to his nest. The greedy eagle then saw Pimbi near her home. He swooped down to grab her as she ran back into her home. The eagle broke through Pimbi’s house, grabbed her, and dropped her back in his nest. The eagle then saw Timbi come out of her home to call her sisters. Timbi ran back into her home and the eagle was not able to break through. He gave up and went back to his nest but the two other dassies were gone. They had escaped and ran to Timbi’s stone house. The eagle then tried to get in through the open chimney but the three dassies lit a fire and the eagle flew out. They never saw the eagle again
Review: This book is a playoff of the story “The Three Little Pigs.” I really like all of the traditional African art that was mixed in with American art that we see in children’s stories today. I think it would be interesting for children to see the interaction between geckos, dassie rats, eagles, and turtles. It seems like such a wide range of animals that would all live in generally the same area but then I would explain that most of Africa is either savanna or desert and the savanna has the most diverse life. The story is also fun and I was happy to see that Mimbi and Pimbi were able to escape and live with their sister.
4. Uses in the classroom
• Compare to the three little pigs (find similarities and differences between the two stories)
• Springboard into activity about Africa and the African culture
• Discussion about how hard work pays off rather than taking the easy way out
• Dramatic play of this story
“great to show cultural differences! Allow kids to rewrite familiar stories but specifically for their own purpose.”Lexi Phillips wrote this review Sunday, November 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cute version of The Three Little Pigs! Could use in the classroom to teach similarities and differences!”Annalee Handley wrote this review Friday, November 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is great to use as a follow-up to reading the 3 Little Pigs. However, the vocabulary can trip you up. So, give this book a few reads before reading aloud to your class. ”chelsea wrote this review Friday, November 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An African version of the three little pigs. The pigs are Dassies and the wolf is a Hawk. A great lesson on comparison of different versions of the same story, as well as diversity among cultures.”Margie E wrote this review Thursday, November 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a book that is similar to The Three Little Pigs. This book can be used as one that is compared and contrasted to the original version of the Three Little Pigs. Same story line as the Three Little Pigs, the dassies are trying to get away from a bird that is going to eat them. The three of them make houses and the one made of stone is the safest. Trying to get away from the bird the dassies find safety in the house made of stone. ”Alisha Smith Johnson wrote this review Tuesday, October 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book will be good for teaching perspective. We know The Three Little Pigs but children in Africa could relate more readily to this story. This could also be used to introduce other countries and our similarities and differences.”Jessica wrote this review Monday, October 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While this book has similarities to The Three Little Pigs, the setting is completely different. This book lends itself to exploring geography and culture.
Have students write their own version of a fairy tale in a completely different setting
Grade Level: Kindergarten to 1st Grade
Summary and Review: This story is a retelling of the 3 Little Pigs, using different characters and setting. In this story there are 3 Dassie sisters that were getting their houses brought down by an Eagle who would clap and flap. This book is appropriate for young children because of the very colorful illustrations. Also, if previous to reading this book the children are familiar with the 3 little pigs, it would be an easy story to understand.
Classroom Uses: After having read the 3 Little Pigs and the 3 Little Dassies, the kids can be given an activity where they have to write their own version of 3 Little characters and retell the story. It can be a wordless picture book or it can have text included.