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“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.”
Summary: With expanding muscles, the three not-so-little pigs decide they need a bigger house. Percival (the computer geek) found Wolf Building Supply and after providing lots of personal information, ordered their building supplies. Wolf couldn't be happier. He knew where they lived, so he could start following them and get EVEN MORE information to lure them into his lair. Will the pigs figure it out in time? This picture book modernizes the story of the Three Little Pigs to teach kids about Internet predators.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 8 and Up
Interest Level: 7 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an important story for kids, and we like how it takes a toddler's story and makes it relevant not only in today's world, but also for older kids. It would have been helpful to have a "parental" pig so that kids could see there is help. Sometimes the pigs were telling the story, sometimes there was a narrator. The
Pros: Using a story that all kids are familiar with, this picture book offers safety lessons for the 21st Century.
Cons: We would have loved to see some talking points or discussion points for parents at the back of the book. There are a couple of leaps in the plot that leave the message hanging. For example, the pigs order building supplies, but Wolf delivers a load of sweets. Did Percival REALLY order cakes and pies or is it part of the Wolf's plot?
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good resource for introducing the subjects of Internet safety and personal safety. It could be very effective as part of a collection of stories that talk about helping our kids make safe choices.
Educational Themes: This book offers opportunities to talk about personal safety and making safe choices, for both the virtual and real worlds. Internet safety is a critical issue and it is important that we help kids understand the issue ... and know how to safely get out of a jam should one occur. You will want to use this book in concert with other resources, such as NetSmartz Kids