The Three Little Pigs

Illustration of pigs and house for children's short story The Three Little Pigs
The classic bedtime story about three little pigs and a big bad wolf.
The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time there was an old Sow with three little Pigs, and as she had not enough to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune.

Original Illustration of Three Little Pigs bedtime story

All three pigs decided to build a house, and set off to the brickworks to buy some bricks.

But soon the three little pigs came across a Man carrying a bundle of straw.

The first little pig said to himself:

“Now I won’t need to walk so far to the brickworks! I’d much rather do less work, and then spend the rest of my afternoon relaxing.”

So the first little pig said to the Man carrying straw:

“Please, Man, give me that straw to build me a house.”

The Man did, and the little Pig quickly built a house with it right where he stood, and then settled down and prepared to have a sleep for the rest of the afternoon.

Presently came along a Wolf, and knocked at the door, and said, “Little Pig, little Pig, let me come in.”

Original Illustration of wolf and straw house from Three Little Pigs bedtime story

To which the Pig answered, “No, no, by the hair of my chinny chin chin.”

“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in!” said the Wolf.

So he huffed and he puffed, and he blew his house in. Alas! because the house had not been very well made, it fell down, and the wolf was able to eat the little Pig up in an instant.

Meanwhile the second and third Pig were still on their way to the brickworks. When they passed a Man with a bundle of sticks, the second little Pig said to himself:

“Now I won’t need to walk so far to the brickworks! Sticks are stronger than straw – I think they’ll do the job, but anyway, I’m tired now. I’d much rather do less work and then spend the rest of my afternoon relaxing.”

So the first little pig said to the Man carrying the sticks:

“Please, Man, give me those sticks to build me a house.”

The Man did, and the little Pig quickly built a house with it right where he stood, and then settled down and prepared to have a sleep for the rest of the afternoon.

Then along came the Wolf and said, “Little Pig, little Pig, let me come in.”

“No, no, by the hair of my chinny chin chin.”

“Then I’ll puff and I’ll huff, and I’ll blow your house in!”

So he huffed and he puffed, and he puffed and he huffed, and at last he blew the house down, and ate up the second little Pig.

Original Illustration of pig and wolf fromThree Little Pigs bedtime story

Finally the third little Pig reached the brickworks, where he met a Man with a load of bricks. He said:

“Please, Man, give me those bricks to build a house with.”

The Man kindly gave him the bricks, and he built his house with them a little way over, carefully, and taking the time to do it well.

So the Wolf came, as he did to the other little Pigs, and said, “Little Pig, little Pig, let me come in.”

“No, no, by the hair of my chinny chin chin.”

“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.”

Original Illustration of pig and brick house from Three Little Pigs bedtime story

Well, he huffed and he puffed, and he huffed and he puffed, and he puffed and he huffed; but he could not get the house down. When he found that he could not, with all his huffing and puffing, blow the house down, he said, “Little Pig, I know where there is a nice field of turnips.”

“Where?” said the little Pig.

“Oh, in Mr. Smith’s home-field; and if you will be ready to-morrow morning, I will call for you, and we will go together and get some for dinner.”

“Very well,” said the little Pig, “I will be ready. What time do you mean to go?”

“Oh, at six o’clock.”

Original Illustration of pig and sticks from Three Little Pigs bedtime story

Well, the little Pig got up at five, and got the turnips and was home again before six. When the Wolf came he said, “Little Pig, are you ready?”

“Ready!” said the little Pig, “I have been and come back again, and got a nice pot-full for dinner.”

The Wolf felt very angry at this, but thought that he would be up to the little Pig somehow or other; so he said, “Little Pig, I know where there is a nice apple-tree.”

“Where?” said the Pig.

“Down at Merry-garden,” replied the Wolf; “and if you will not deceive me I will come for you, at five o’clock to-morrow, and we will go together and get some apples.”

Original Illustration of pig and apples from Three Little Pigs bedtime story

Well, the little Pig woke at four the next morning, and bustled up, and went off for the apples, hoping to get back before the Wolf came; but he had farther to go, and had to climb the tree, so that just as he was coming down from it, he saw the Wolf coming, which, as you may suppose, frightened him very much. When the Wolf came up he said, “Little Pig, what! are you here before me? Are they nice apples?”

“Yes, very,” said the little Pig; “I will throw you down one.” And he threw it so far that, while the Wolf was gone to pick it up, the little Pig jumped down and ran home.

The next day the Wolf came again, and said to the little Pig, “Little Pig, there is a Fair in the Town this afternoon: will you go?”

“Oh, yes,” said the Pig, “I will go; what time shall you be ready?”

“At three,” said the Wolf.

So the little Pig went off before the time, as usual, and got to the Fair, and bought a butter churn, and was on his way home with it when he saw the Wolf coming. Then he could not tell what to do. So he got into the churn to hide, and in doing so turned it round, and it began to roll, and rolled down the hill with the Pig inside it, which frightened the Wolf so much that he ran home without going to the Fair.

Original Illustration of wolf and barrel from Three Little Pigs bedtime storyHe went to the little Pig’s house, and told him how frightened he had been by a great round thing which came down the hill past him.

Then the little Pig said, “Hah! I frightened you, did I? I had been to the Fair and bought a butter churn, and when I saw you I got into it, and rolled down the hill.”

Then the Wolf was very angry indeed, and declared he would eat up the little Pig, and that he would get down the chimney after him.

When the little Pig saw what he was about, he hung on the pot full of water, and made up a blazing fire, and, just as the Wolf was coming down, took off the cover of the pot, and in fell the Wolf. And the little Pig put on the cover again in an instant, boiled him up, and ate him for supper, and lived happy ever after.

Original Illustration of pig and pot from Three Little Pigs bedtime story

 

Adapted from original short story by Unknown

Illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke

 

Let’s Chat About The Stories ~ Ideas for Talking With Kids

Diligence

1. Why do you think the first two little pigs’ houses blew down, while the third little pig’s didn’t?

2. The third little Pig got up early each morning that the Wolf wanted to do something with him, and did it first. Do you think it’s usually a good thing to do jobs as early as you can, rather than leaving it to the last moment? Why or why not?

3. Does your answer change if, like the first and second little Pigs, you do your jobs earlier, but not as well?


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