by L. Leslie Brooke
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Leonard Leslie Brooke (1862-1940) was a British artist and writer. First and foremost he was a skilled and witty illustrator who would adapt well-known children’s stories and illustrate them with engaging line drawings and watercolors. (See the Wikipedia article “Leonard Leslie Brooke” for more info. “The Three Little Pigs” appears in several books. L. Leslie Brook used the one from English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs as the text for his illustrations and it was published by Frederick Warne & Co. This myRead production is solely based upon the public domain original.
Three Little Pigs go off into the dangerous world to seek their fortune. Each one decides to build a home for themselves to protect them from the big bad wolf. They use sticks, straw, and bricks to guard against their powerful foe, but only the strongest house will survive. What the wolf doesn’t know is that pigs are smarter than they seem, and have a few tricks of their own!
Presently came along a Wolf, and knocked at the door, and said, “Little Pig, little Pig, let me come in.” 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, and ate up the little Pig.
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.” 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 tomorrow 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.”
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 tomorrow, and we will go together and get some apples.”
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.
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.
He went to the little Pig’s house, and told him how frightened he had been by the 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.
- Author: Leonard Leslie Brooke
- Illustrator: Katie Egbert
- Animator: Cody Hess
- Voice Artist: Chris Clark
- Sound Design: John Goodman
- Producer: David Swanson
- Executive Producer: Richard Platt
- Director: David Swanson
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