"The Three Little Pigs" tells of three pigs who build houses—one out of straw, the second out of sticks and the third out of bricks. A big, bad wolf blows down the first two houses but can’t destroy the third pig’s house. In many versions, the wolf eats the first and second pigs while the third survives. In other retellings of the tale, the first two pigs run to the brick house and all three pigs stay safe inside. And it’s not only pigs and wolves but javelinas, dassies, tamales, gators, cats, fish, coyotes, foxes, bears and sharks.
Ask me what I thought of joining a book group two years ago, and I would have cringed. Don’t get me wrong, I love discussing books I’ve read. But the idea of having an assigned book to read each month? It felt a little too much like being back in school.
Do you have a child who loves reading action packed, adventurous, suspenseful chapter books? Then look no further. The "I Survived" series by Lauren Tarshis captures all of these elements and more. Each book in the series features a young male protagonist who gets caught up in a historical event. The events captured in the series range from natural disasters such as the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to the tragic events of September 11th. The books typically appeal to children in second through fourth grade. Many kids are hooked on this series--boys and girls alike.