The Three Little Pigs retold by James Marshall

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Use the following questions after the second or third reading of The Three Little Pigs. There are questions for every one or two pages of the story.

  1. What is happening on the first page of the story? (The mother pig is crying because her three pigs are leaving home.)
  2. What does the first little pig build his house out of? (He builds his house with straw.)
  3. Who comes to visit the pig? (The wolf comes to visit the pig.)
  4. What does the pig say when the wolf wants to come in? ("No, no, no, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.")
  5. What does the wolf do after he blows in the little pig's house? (He eats him up.)
  6. What is the man in the car carrying? (The man is carrying a load of sticks.)
  7. When the wolf wants to come into the second little pig's house, the little pig tells him, ("No, no, no, not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin.")
  8. What does the wolf do to the second little pig's house? (He blows it in.)
  9. What does the third little pig buy? (He buys a load of bricks.)
  10. Have you ever seen a house made of bricks? Could a wolf blow it down?
  11. When the wolf wants to come into the third little pig's house, the little pig tells him, ("No, no, no, not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin.")
  12. Can the wolf blow in the third little pig's house? Why? (No. It's made of strong bricks.)
  13. The wolf tells the pig he is only teasing about blowing his house in. Do you believe him? Why? (No, the wolf wants to eat the third pig, just like he did the other pigs.)
  14. Does the pig go to the turnip field with the wolf? (No, he goes by himself.)
  15. How does the pig get away from the wolf at the apple orchard? (The pig throws him an apple and then runs away home.)
  16. What does the pig hide in at the fair? (He hides inside an empty butter churn.)
  17. Who is smarter, the wolf or the third little pig? (The third little pig is smarter.)
  18. What is the wolf's last plan? (He climbs up onto the roof and jumps down the chimney.)
  19. What is happening on the last page of the story? (The pig is about to eat dinner.)


The words listed below come from the story and its pictures. As you page through the book, ask the child to name the objects listed or talk about the actions portrayed. Words are listed for every two pages of story. Ask about other objects and actions shown in the pictures as you see fit.

  • pigs, crying, hat, vest, jacket, tie, bag
  • cart, wheel, straw, ladder
  • sunflowers, wolf, bicycle
  • huffing and puffing
  • car, headlights, sticks, hammer, nail
  • flags, balloon, wind chime
  • claws, teeth, snout
  • bricks, trowel, hanger, pail
  • chimney, shutters, flower boxes, windows, curtains, mailbox, tulips
  • angry, turning blue
  • barn, silo, sun coming up, turnips, basket, pot, stool, stirring
  • apple tree, apples, running away
  • kissing, butter, butter churn, rolling, hiding, scared
  • fireplace, logs, fire, pot, chimney
  • platter, chef's hat, knife, fork, glass, table

Excerpted from

Read Together, Talk Together
Pearson Early Childhood

Excerpted from Read Together, Talk Together, the Pearson Early Childhood research-based program that makes reading aloud even more effective!

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