(10/30/00 2:03:52 pm)
|Three Little Pigs|
I am truly embarrassed to ask this question, but does anyone know where to find the traditional version of "The Three Little Pigs"? I thought it was a Grimms' tale, or based on one, but when I scoured my collections I only came up with a similar story about seven little kids (goats) and a wolf. Maybe that's it, but I am not quite sure. One of my students is doing an amazing, creepy and evocative photo montage of self portraits--I teach at an art college right now--based on a version of the story (from a peculiar, somehow charming collection called Existential Folktales by Margaret Switzer). I was appalled to fail in guiding him to a proper earlier version. There is one, right? I feel very silly but I am just blanking out on this one--sorry, and thanks if anyone can help.
(10/30/00 2:55:51 pm)
|Three Little Pigs: Don't be embarrassed...|
I can't remember either! If no one else finds it by the time I get home this evening, I will look it up right away for you.
(10/30/00 3:31:19 pm)
|Re: Three Little Pigs|
Now, as the Big Bad Wolf was one of my first roles in life (Pied Piper Nursery School, 1979-1980), I am somewhat fond of this tale. Yes, there is a tale other than the one with the kids (which I think is also related to the 3 Billy Goats Gruff- a lot of 3s). Here's a site I found with the original tale:
"The Three Little Pigs:
as it was originally passed into English folklore in 1620"
It's cute- go to "Start the story" then to advance the pages (or go back, press on the pig's hoof (?) at the top.
(10/30/00 4:57:41 pm)
Thanks, Kerrie. That helps (and has a cutely done design). I don't know why I thought it was a German tale, when it's English. How dumb of me. Now, the site claims this version is told 'as originally passed down' from the the 17 c. English tale--do you think that is verifiable? The authors don't reference any other printed version, so I am curious if it is indeed 'as told' in the original; that is, I would love to know their source. I can do my own research (or rather, that of my student's!) and can actually write the site authors...but if anyone knows that would be great. Again thank you so much, Kerrie.
p.s. I am very jealous that you went to a nursery school called The Pied Piper ('The Pied Piper of Hamelin' being one of my all-time favorite poems.) My nursery school was called, um, The Nursery School. How creative.