Alaska’s Three Pigs

Written By Arlene Laverde
Illustrated by Mindy Dwyer


Sometimes, the writers of a musical will decide to change the time period or the setting of the original story.  One of the musicals in Northwest Bookshelf is called Alaska’s Three Pigs and is adapted from a book by Arlene Laverde. 

Read the book by Arlene Laverde and look at the illustrations by Mindy Dwyer. Ask students to remember the classic story of “The Three Little Pigs.” How does the story become different when it is set in Alaska? What about Alaska’s Three Pigs is the same as the classic story of “The Three Little Pigs”?

Activity: Make up your own version of “The Three Little Pigs”

What if you made up your own story of “The Three Little Pigs” and set it in a different place, the same way Arlene Laverde did? What difference would it make in the story?  What kind of houses would the three pigs build in this different place? What kind of materials could they find to build with and what kind of houses do people build in this place? What would the pigs do for fun in this place? What animal would threaten the three little pigs in this place? How would the three little pigs defeat the animal that was threatening them?

Ask students to do some research about different countries, states, and cities to learn about what the houses look like, what types of food people eat, what recreational activities are enjoyed, etc.

Try the following ideas (and any others you can think of!):

“Seattle’s Three Little Pigs”

“Yakima’s Three Little Pigs”

 “Portland’s Three Little Pigs”

 “Mexico’s Three Little Pigs”

 “Ethiopia’s Three Little Pigs”

 “Korea’s Three Little Pigs” 

Learn more about Arlene Laverde, Mindy Dwyer and the book Alaska’s Three Pigs