“The Three Little Pigs”

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Plot Description

Spoiler warning! This poem starts out with a tribute to pigs, but then the narrator notes that some pigs aren’t very clever. One pig, for instance, built his house of straw. A Wolf saw the house, blew it down, and ate the pig inside. Soon he came to another house of sticks, and again this house was blown down and the inhabitant eaten. The Wolf then came to a third house, this one made of bricks. Much to his dismay, he couldn’t blow it down. He yelled to the pig inside that he was going to return and blow it up with dynamite. The pig decided to call for help. He telephoned Miss Riding Hood and explained that he heard she had some experience dealing with wolves. She agrees to come right over. When she gets there, she shoots the Wolf dead and the pig cheers. “Ah, Piglet,” says the narrator, “You must never trust / Young ladies from the upper crust. For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes, / Not only has two wolfskin coats, / But when she goes from place to place, / She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELING CASE.”

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