I love alternate versions of classic fairy tales and fables. When I taught first grade I included a unit where we would read a variety of fairy tales and a myriad of versions. Some years the kids would even write their own! This version of “The Three Little Pigs” bakes up a delightful story about three runaway tamales who build three very different casitas (houses). One house is built from sagebrush, one from cornstalks and one from the mighty prickly cactus. I love the mixture of spanish phrases throughout the book and admire Kimmel’s ability to create clever rhyming dialogue for the characters:
“Senorita Tamale, por favor, I want to come in, so open the door.”
Bright, colorful illustrations by Valeria Decampo just add more charm to this very sweet story. Do you have a favorite alternate version of a well-known fairy tale or fable? Please share!
Title: The three little tamales
Author: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrator: Valeria Decampo
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children