Tell The Truth, B.B. Wolf (2010)
Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf (2010)
3.46 of 5 Votes: 4
037585620X (ISBN13: 9780375856204)
Knopf Books for Young Readers
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1)“I’d like everyone to take out a paper and write your name down, like this. First Name…Middle Initial…Last Name. [Write so everyone can see, Lori L. Moravec] Now, I know your middle initial stands for your middle name, but let’s pretend it stands for a word that describes you. Mine could be: Lori Lovely Moravec or Lori Lucky Moravec. Go ahead, work on your own list. [Share a few of the names the kids come up with.] Okay…our story today is called “Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolfe”. What do you think the B.B. stands for? [Big and Bad] Well…the Wolf wants to change that! Let’s find out what he decides to change it to. 2)Activate background knowledge. Invite personal connections. Tell the meaning of a key word. Prompt the listeners to notice details. 3)“Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf” would be a fun way to use the fairy tale theme to introduce more serious subjects that could be examined and discussed-honesty, forgiveness, reformation. A character study within a fairy tale unit would be a natural avenue to venture through. 1. Rating: 52. A book review from Children's Literature says, "Sierra breathes new life into the world of folktales with this fractured tale—the second B. B. Wolf story. This time, B. B. Wolf is invited by Miss Wonderly to come to the library to tell how he met the three little pigs. After getting advice from others living at the Villain Villa (the witch, the crocodile and Rumpelstiltskin), B.B. puts on his orange plaid suit and heads out to present his story. Three times he tries to tell his story, and each time he is interrupted by one of the three pigs. Each explanation begins with a song. Eventually, he apologizes and makes amends. Seibold's computer graphics illustrations have a cartoon-style that melds perfectly with Sierra's tale. They are expressive with lots to look at, yet still maintain a "clean" look. Children and those reading to them will enjoy pointing out the storybook characters populating Miss Wonderly's library. There are some good chuckles in the humorous wordplay of other fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters. Vibrant and fun, with fresh twists and perspectives, there are many ways to incorporate this story into the primary grade curriculum. The Gingerbread Boy remarks that one of B. B. Wolf's versions is a "half-baked tale." This book is quite the opposite. Sierra's inventive story is fully-baked and delicious."3. This is a spin off of the “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” that is told by the B.B. Wolf with interesting twists and lies. The crowd at the library that was made up of many fairytale characters (Pinocchio, Humpty Dumpty, the Gingerbread Boy, etc.) continually tried yelling at him to tell the truth but he just keeps on making up his own story of what happened. Finally, towards the end of the story B.B. Wolf admits that he did not tell the truth and asked the Three Little Pigs for forgiveness. They accepted his apology so he got a new middle name and to really say, “I’m sorry” he built the pigs their own piggyback mansion. I definitely think that students in grades first through third grade would enjoy this colorful and detailed story as a read aloud.
Great illustrations, fun fairy tale retelling with a new twist. Perfect for 2nd - 4th graders.
B.B. Wolf learns that honesty is the best policy in this entertaining fractured fairy tale.
For those wanting closure about the raw deal the three little pigs got.
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