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Three Wild Pigs

A Carolina Folktale

Lisa Anne Cullen



Published: Aug 28 2018


Published: Aug 28 2018

OA Ebook
Published: Aug 28 2018


The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

A vibrant retelling of the classic children's story in which three pigs take on Hurricane Wolf

Three Wild Pigs: A Carolina Folktale, written and illustrated by Lisa Anne Cullen, is an adaptation of James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps's The Story of the Three Little Pigs. Set on Bird Island along the Carolina Coast, this creative retelling of the timeless tale features three generations of a pig family—Lulu, her father, and her grandfather.

On the island Lulu is known for being wise in the ways of the world. Pop is wise in the ways of the waters. Grandpaw Curly, the oldest and smartest pig of all, is wise in the ways of the winds. While shrimping in the Atlantic Ocean, the pigs experience harsh winds and see ominous clouds. Knowing these are warning signs of impending bad weather, they row home. Before long a whirling, swirling, huffing-and-puffing Hurricane Wolf arrives to wreak havoc on the pigs, their homes, and Bird Island.

Cullen's colorful illustrations mirror the weather, flora, and fauna of the Carolina coast. Three Wild Pigs features maps of North and South Carolina as well as select state symbols and will educate, entertain, and enlighten early readers and listeners of all ages as Lulu, Pop, and Grandpaw Curly struggle to survive Hurricane Wolf.

Lisa Anne Cullen is the author or editor of eight children's books and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a master of fine arts degree in writing for children and pairs this passion with her love of illustration, art, photography, and screenwriting. Cullen finds pure joy in connecting with the natural world. She is a Florida native living with her husband in the rolling hills of Ridgeway, South Carolina.

"In this inventive retelling of a classic tale, the three wild pigs live on the Carolina coast and must face the big bad wolf in the form of a hurricane. Young readers will enjoy the scenes of life on the seashore, catchy dialog, and vivid cut and torn paper illustrations."—Loreen Leedy, author and illustrator of Step by Step

"Three Wild Pigs is a rollicking, southern seasoned re-telling of the story of the three little pigs, full of fun and luscious language. Lisa Cullen has illustrated her text in a way that makes readers feel like they are right in the middle of the non-stop, chaotic, beautiful action."—Dinah Johnson, children's book author

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