Monday, September 20, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Wolf Pie

Teach children not to "judge a book by its cover" with new, unexpected characters based on a longtime childhood fairy tale.

Seabrooke, Brenda.
Wolf Pie.
June 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

The three Pygg brothers get an unexpected visitor one day shortly after they move into their sturdy, new home. What you (and children) expect to play out doesn't... and you just might be surprised at how the story does end! Together, the unlikely foursome team up together to play a trick on a large pack of wolves, surprising everyone with their creativity in the process.

The story will definitely impress upon readers that you really shouldn't judge someone based on just their "cover!" Children will likely easily catch on to this. The book itself is quite lengthy... but definitely ideal for a family (or classroom) read-aloud over the course of a week or so. I do think that it will capture the attention of the youngest of readers, so long as they are previously introduced and familiar with the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • Read a version of the Three Little Pigs and Wolf Pie aloud with your child(ren). After reading, have your child complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the two different stories. With older children, you could also ask them to write an essay upon completing the Venn diagram. Venn diagram can be downloaded here.
  • Work with your child(ren) to create "Wolf Pies" of your own for dinner one night! They're really just vegetable pot pies... a fairly simple recipe can be found here!
  • Leave a comment on this post sharing your child's favorite fairy tale.
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  • Deadline to enter is Saturday, September 25th at 11:59PM EST.
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  • Winner will be selected at random by Saturday, October 2nd and will receive a copy of Wolf Pie.

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style='clear: both;' wmmahaney said...

His favorite is the Three Little Pigs

style='clear: both;' anne s. said...

they love the fractured fairy tales....we then compare them to the goldilocks and the 3 squares or true story of the 3 little pigs....
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style='clear: both;' Laurie said...

My children all love James Marshall's spin on fairy tales. I am not sure that I can say that any one was their favorite, but Red Riding Hood was often requested as a read aloud, so I'll go with that one.

style='clear: both;' Laurie said...

I also did a blog post about this giveaway on my Keeping It Simple blog. :)

style='clear: both;' Lynne_Marie said...

My daughter's favorite fairy tale is Rapunzel, she said.

style='clear: both;' Kathy Habel said...

Our favorite is The Little Mermaid bkhabelATgmailDOTcom

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style='clear: both;' debbie said...

I would say little red riding hood.

style='clear: both;' Staci A said...

My son loves Rumpelstiltskin!
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style='clear: both;' Tracysweetangl said...

The kids love Three Little Pigs.


style='clear: both;' Unknown said...

My son loves the Three Little Pigs while my stepdaughter loves Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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