The 3 Little Dassies


Mimbi, Pimbi, and Timbi (African dassies) are getting ready to leave home. They've gone off to search for the perfect home - one that is less crowded, is cooler, and also is safe from eagles. Upon finding the spot they want to call home, they meet Agama Man (a turtle). He has lived in this spot for a long time ... with the eagles. The sisters were a little nervous, but the place was so perfect for them. They each built a house to their liking ... only to have the eagle snatch Mimbi and Pimbi away. Could Timbi rescue her sisters?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Bright colors, three cute dassies, and a sense of the familiar make this a fun story for families to share.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, though you're likely to get a better result with a younger reader.

Little Kid Reaction

The cute little dassies are what attracted my daughter to the book, but she spent hours looking at the illustrations. She instantly recognized the parallel to the Three Little Pigs and didn't wish to read it again. But she did look at the pictures over and over.

Parent Reaction

What a clever take on the Three Little Pigs. I thoroughly enjoyed the story (and the illustrations), and wished we could have done more to contrast and compare the well-known version and the place/characters/events in this one. But given that my daughter was more interested in reading it herself, I couldn't get a conversation started. This is a book that has potential for first-grade readers.

Type of Book:
This is an African retelling of the classic story of the Three Little Pigs.
Educational Themes:

This is a twist on a classic children's story. With younger audiences it is fun just to read and talk about choices and consequences (just as we did with the straw, stick, and brick houses). With older audiences, you can contrast/compare this version with others and/or explore more about what dassies are, the kind of environment they lived in, etc. It could open a discussion about fractured fairy tales, too. Modern readers tend to want to use this type of story as a way to talk about bullying; this one might fit that criterion.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a fun book to share and read aloud.

Title The 3 Little Dassies
Author Jan Brett
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers © 2010
Illustrators Jan Brett
ISBN 9780399254994
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Fable | Folklore
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