We do a lot of fairy tale reenactments at the Cumings house these days. Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs.
It’s fun to see what parts of the story Zoe thinks are most important, and to hear her give me dialogue prompts (“What do you say?”).
Her interpretation of the three little pigs is a delight. At the end, the mama pig joins the three little pigs in the safe brick house. And the wolf, rather than getting boiled in a pot or merely wandering away disappointed, turns out to be not a bad wolf at all. He comes over for a visit, then rebuilds the house of sticks for himself. And they all live happily ever after.
I love this. I love that there is room for everyone in the brick house: three little pigs, one mama pig, and one visiting wolf. I love that everyone finds a home. I love that the pigs and the wolf work it out. There is something so hopeful about this story of Four Pigs and a Wolf.
Loss of Innocence Update: Just a day later, Zoe has accepted the Usborne Book of Fairy Tales interpretation of the story: the wolf ends up in hot water. Literally. (Pro Tip: This is thecorrect use of the word “literally”.) I’m a little sad about this development, but I take comfort in the fact that the mama pig still moves in with the three little pigs. And, most importantly, the little pigs say, “Not by the hair of our chinny-chin-chin!” Usborne, what were you thinking leaving out this immortal line?
Well, what do you say?