#365PictureBooks Day 41 The three little pigs : an architectural tale

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“.

I’m busy resourcing a new unit for our Year 4 PYP : Where we are in place and time – which is looking at homes and houses. As well as the usual non-fiction and informational texts – I try and buy or borrow as many interesting,  provocative picture books as I can to support the unit. The three little pigs fairy tale is familiar to most students, so it can be used to introduce a discussion about homes and why they are constructed to match their environment and purpose; their construction materials; and their form.

The book uses three notable architectural gems to illustrated the differences in the three houses:

The Gamble House by Greene and Greene

Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright

These might be able to be used as a prompt for children to inquire further into these houses, but I can’t help but feel that children will need help with interpretation of the architectural and design details. The endpapers will help.

Adult design aficionados will love it.

Bibliographic details:

The three little pigs : an architectural tale / retold and illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia.

Published by Abrams, 2010.

32 pages.


I borrowed this copy from Auckland Libraries.



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