The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Age Range: 5 - 11

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history.

Book Author: Jon Scieszka

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write another well know story from a different character's point of view... Could you write Peter Pan from Captain Hook's point of view... or the Three Billy Goat's Gruff from the Troll's point of view?
  • Alexander T. Wolf became know as the Big Bad Wolf. Can you write a story which explains how he got this nickname? Did he do something big and bad, or was somebody trying to get him into trouble?
  • Write the recipe that the wolf used for his granny's birthday cake.
  • Write the newspaper article which reports on the Wolf's activities that day.
  • The wolf complains about being 'framed'. Can you explain what this means? Could you write a story about another bad character who was 'framed' and didn't really do the bad things that they are well known for?
  • Compare this version of the story with this cartoon:


  • Explore the types of food that different animals eat. This could lead on to discussions about food chains and habitats.
  • Think about different materials. Which would be the best to build a house with? Could you design an experiment which tests the strength / 'huff and puff' (wind) resistance of different materials?
  • Why might the wolf have a sneezing cold? Explore how he can keep himself fit and healthy in future.


  • The pigs are very rude to Alexander. Can you think of reasons why this might be? How should they have behaved?
  • The wolf gets very angry at the end of the story. What strategies could he have used to control his anger?


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