Three Little Pigs - Thao Lam
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Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

May 13th had been circled on my calendar for a while now as it’s the date of the Toronto Book Fair & Paper Show. According to its’ website, the show is the place to be if you are searching for rare and used books. Being that this was my first time, I was super excited. I pictured myself going into debt buying up all the vintage children’s books at the fair.

May 13th finally arrived and to make sure I got first dibs on all the goodies at the fair, I set my alarm clock for 8 AM. Beating the crowds turned out to not be a problem at all, I was probably one of five attendees and those numbers did not improve as the day rolled on. The St. Lawrence is a big venue and it was only filled to half capacity. As I walked up and down the aisles, my heart sank, there was not a single children’s book insight. There was nothing but old people with very old books. Looking back I should have realized that such blind excitement and build up was bound to bring disappointments. Keep reading…

This copy of the Three Little Pigs was only book that I picked up that day. Printed in 1948, the illustrations are taken from the – Walt Disney motion picture Three Little Pigs. Walt Disney’s Three Little Pigs was originally released as an animated short file on May 27th, 1933. Based on a fairy tale of the same name, Three Little Pigs won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Animated Short film. Not all the illustrations are in colour, — two-thirds of the book is illustrated in what looks like black charcoal or crayon.

Three Little Pigs is a story of three brothers. The first little pig did not care for work at all and decided to build his home out of straw. It was not a strong house, but it went up quickly leaving the first little pig plenty of time to play. The second little pig decided to build a quick and easy house of sticks. It was also not a very strong house but it took no time at all, leaving the second pig also with plenty of time to play. The third little pig didn’t mind hard work and spent his day layering bricks while watching his brothers play. The third little pig warned his brothers that if they didn’t built a better house, the Big Bad Wolf would eat them up.

I think most of us know how this plays out and the moral of the story. The Three Little Pig is a classic because the moral of the story transcends time; hard work and perseverance will always win.

Three Little Pigs, a children’s book review by Thao Lam