Higgledy Piggledy

A Tale of Four Little Pigs

Children - Fable
48 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2014
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Higgledy Piggledy: A Tale of Four Little Pigs is a retelling of the classic tale of the three little pigs written by B. Seymour Rabinovitch and his granddaughter, Rebecca S. Treger, and illustrated by Mari Gayatri Stein. Curly, Twirly and Whirly liked to tease their brother Higgledy Piggledy because his name was so long and difficult to say. He often would wish he wasn't different and that he had a name like his brothers. Their names rhymed and were short and easy. Little did he know that his being different would help all the piggies survive when their scary new neighbor, Mr. Wolf, catches them for his dinner.

Higgledy Piggledy: A Tale of Four Little Pigs is marvelous fun and a joy to read. Rabinovitch and his granddaughter, Treger, put a new spin on the classic tale which will make it relevant once again for many kids and parents. The watercolor and ink and pen illustrations by Stein are lovely and bring the tale to life. Each page has a picture that tells a story and is fully detailed. I had great fun with each one as there are birds, frogs, butterflies and all sorts of wildlife scattered throughout each drawing. Higgledy Piggledy: A Tale of Four Little Pigs is both perfect for reading aloud to a child or for new readers to explore on their own. The book is beautifully bound, with heavy, durable pages, and should stand up to many hours of enjoyable reading. This is a wonderful children's book that will have the adults lucky enough to read it smiling as well. It's most highly recommended.

Tania Staley

In this enchanting fairy tale, Higgledy Piggledy: A Tale of Four Little Pigs, by B. Seymour Rabinovitch and Rebecca S. Treger, readers learn the importance of being different, yet remaining true to yourself. Higgledy Piggledy lives a happy life with his brothers, Curly, Twirly, and Whirly. Each day they bake apple pies, play with butterflies, and take long naps. Life is pretty good for the little pig, except for one thing. His brothers tease him about his strange name. While Higgledy Piggledy loves his name and who he is, it makes him sad that his brothers tease him, and he wonders if he should change his silly name. When a wolf moves in next door, the pigs’ lives will change and Higgledy Piggledy will get a chance to learn that being different can be a good thing. It might even save your life.

Higgledy Piggledy is a fun little book that is sure to delight young readers. While the story doesn’t rhyme, it has a sing-song quality to its text that demands it be read aloud. The repeated actions, creatively made-up words, and quirky phrases will have children reading along in no time. While I was reading, I wished I had someone to read this book to. It is one that asks to be shared and brings a smile. Along with the enjoyable tale, Higgledy Piggledy includes quirky illustrations as well, which makes the story a wonderfully complete package. Mari Gayatri Stein, the story’s illustrator, did an amazing job making engaging pictures that children will just love. I truly enjoyed Higgledy Piggledy, and I am quite pleased to be adding it to my children’s library. I hope to read more from B. Seymour Rabinovitch and Rebecca S. Treger.