The 3 Little Dassies by Jan Brett

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The Three Little Pigs with a twist! In the tradition of her bestseller The Three Snow Bears, Jan Brett finds inspiration for her version of a familiar story in Namibia, where red rock mountains and vivid blue skies are home to appealing little dassies and hungry eagles.

Mimbi, Pimbi and Timbi hope to find "a place cooler, a place less crowded, a place safe from eagles!" to build their new homes. The handsomely dressed Agama Man watches from the borders as the eagle flies down to flap and clap until he blows a house down. But in a deliciously funny twist, that pesky eagle gets a fine comeuppance!

Bold African patterns and prints fill the stunning borders, but it is the dassies in their bright, colorful dresses and hats that steal the show in this irresistible tale, perfect for reading aloud.


About Jan Brett

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Jan Brett ( is the beloved New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of many books for children. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.
Published September 21, 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Mashing up the ever-popular English story of "The Three Little Pigs" with her Namibian experiences, Brett uses her magical watercolor-and-gouache paintings to create a distinctive visual world.

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This version of The Three Little Pigs takes place in southern Africa, where three dassies—small native mammals also called rock hyraxes—bid adieu to their family and set out “to find their own place.” After crossing the Namib Desert in a tortoise-pulled wagon, sisters Mimbi, Pimbi, and Ti...

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