Talkative Thursday: The Three Little Pigs – No, not Nicole, Nathan & Nadine
Are you familiar with the story The Three Little Pigs? Well, in 2010, I guest blogged here and shared my doubts. Two days ago, I was in a clinic with Nathan, and we got the chance to read the Ladybird version. (now, that should be quite close to the real thing right? It’s Ladybird, for goodness sake!)
Well, I was s.h.o.c.k.e.d and majorly questioning my memory, cos I learnt new things about the story!
#1 – What Mummy Pig said! “You are too big to live here any longer…”
Look at the picture! The little pigs are still little boys… And as expected, Nathan had to say, “I’m also very big”.
#2 – The wolf lured the 3rd Little Pig to the Turnip Farm, Apple Farm and Carnival
I’ve no problems with that, but I really really don’t remember this!
#3: The 3rd Little Pig was the sole survivor
Well, Nathan asked immediately, “What happened to the other two pigs?”
Sigh… someone out there should put together Real Fairy Tales from our Childhood. These adapted versions are confusing the kids and the parents!
Nicole saw me typing and gave her version! It was:
- Three Little Pigs went to build one house each nearby each other so they can still play together (nothing about being too big & mummy chasing them out!)
- When the wolf came along, he blew the first two houses down, but each of the little pigs could run very very fast to the next house. Wolf can’t run at all, cos no more breath to run! (hahaha!)
- Then wolf came to 3rd house, he tried and he tried, and finally he came down the roof into that same boiling water.
- And the most important line, “And they lived happily every after!”
Now that story sounds more familiar ya? Either we were told the wrong version all these years, or Ladybird went for extended version when they published that book!
Sigh, you know, I thought the Ladybird books were nice sweet fairy tales and I bought a whole stack of it when I saw it on sale at $1.50 each! I read it and with each book, I chucked it aside in the cabinet. It’s weird how there are killings, murders and even stuff like revenge in some of the fairy tales. Gosh!
Huh since when had this version of the wolf being boiled alive??? I really love our original fairytales where life is so much simpler! haha
Ai @ Sakura Haruka
Okay this Ladybird version is way too morbid…yikes!
Oh my! I love twisted fairy tales but this is a little not right. But this post made me want to go check out these books in stores myself. LOL.
Hahahaha I remember this version growing up too! Fairytales are pretty gruesome.
Hmm…. I don’t quite like to read this ending to my children, too cruel!
There are some editors and publishers who are trying too hard to create newer, more ‘politically correct’ versions of our fav fairy tales…and some just fail horribly, like this one you just shared 😛
I frankly cannot remember the details of the 3 Little Pigs story I was told as a kid. (Actually, I don’t remember details for anything!) So not sure why they were chased out (never questioned it), not sure how the wolf died either. I only remember the moral of the story was we cannot be lazy (偷工减料)! See, I was such a good kid.
hahaha I think I like Nicole’s version more! Why don’t you write books with them, using their versions. Can always pass down to next kid! At least the gist is there lar..(big bad wolf and some huffing & puffing involved =P)