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Joseph Halliwell
The Three Little Pigs
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Once upon a time when pigs spoke rhyme
And monkeys chewed tobacco,
And hens took snuff to make them tough,
And ducks went quack, quack, quack, O!

There was a mother pig with three little pigs. When they
grew too big for her house, she sent them off to build their
own. The three little pigs were looking for building materials
and three plots of land close to one another, when they saw
a man with a bundle of straw.

The first little pig said to him, "Please, sir, give me some
straw to build a house, and I'll give you my first harvest."
The man agreed, and put down his big bundle of straw.

The two other pigs said, "Surely, straw is not strong
enough for a house?", but the first little pig would not listen to
them. He just wanted to get a roof over his head as quickly as
possible.

The two other pigs walked on and soon met a man with a
bundle of sticks. The second little pig said, "Please, sir, give me
some sticks to build a house, and I'll give you my first harvest."
The man agreed, and put down his heavy bundle of sticks.

The third little pig said, "Surely, sticks are not much
stronger than straw for a house?", but the second little pig would
not listen to her. It was getting dark, and he wanted to start
building his house as quickly as possible.

So the third little pig walked on by herself, and soon met
a man with a cart of bricks. The third little pig said, "Please, sir,
give me some bricks to build a house, and I'll give you my first
harvest." The man agreed, and the third little pig set herself
to work. She would build the strongest, safest house, no
matter how long it took.

A few days later, a wolf came along, and knocked at the
door of the straw house. The wolf said, "Little pig, little pig, let
me come in."

To which the pig answered, "Not by the hair of my
chinny chin chin."

And the wolf said, "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow
your house in!" So he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew the
straw house in.

The first little pig ran to his brother's stick house, as fast
as his little legs would carry him.

Presently the wolf came to the second little pig's house
and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me come in."

The two little pigs answered together, "Not by the hair
of my chinny chin chin."

And the wolf said, "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow
your house in!" So he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew the
stick house in.

The two little pigs ran as fast as their little legs would
carry them, to their sister's brick house.

Presently the wolf came to the third little pig's house
and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me come in."

Together the three little pigs answered, "Not by the
hair of my chinny chin chin."

And the wolf said, "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow
your house in!" So he huffed, and he puffed, and he puffed,
and he huffed, but he could not blow the brick house in.

The wolf took a long look at the house, then decided to
climb up the roof. When the three little pigs saw what he was
about, they knew that he would come down the chimney. They
hung on a pot full of water, and made up a blazing fire. The
minute they saw his dirty feet, the three little pigs took off the
pot cover, and in fell the wolf!

He howled, and he yowled, and he climbed out of the
pot of boiling water, and ran away as fast as his skinny legs
would carry him.

The wolf was never again seen in that part of the woods,
and the three little pigs lived happily ever after.

(Retold by Ellie Wen)

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