The Three Little Lambs - Nga Reme Riki e Toru
Kiwi kids will love this homegrown version of The Three Little Pigs, where the wolf is substituted for a weasel and the houses are made from ferns, paua shells and hangi stones!
The Story behind The Three Little Lambs - Nga Reme Riki e Toru
Once I had my first picture book, The Cat With No Name published I was very keen to follow it up with another. This, as I found, was not necessarily easy. However Scholastic New Zealand were at the time publishing a series called Kiwi Corkers – traditional tales given a very New Zealand twist.
To my surprise The Three Little Pigs, always one of my favourites, had not at that stage been given the Kiwi treatment.
It was very easy to visualize the three little lambs but much more difficult to decide on a wicked wolf-like, home grown villain.
Once I had decided on the weasel it seemed like he would be only too eager to "wheeze and sneeze" rather than "huff and puff". "Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin" quite easily became "Not by the wool on my skinny-skin-skin".
Silver ferns, paua shells and hangi stones seemed like suitable building materials. Kumara, kiwifruit and hokey-pokey ice cream could be tempting local treats. Suddenly my story almost began to write itself.
Deborah Hinde’s illustrations made the story come alive. I love them. Her illustration of the weasel with his sharp, menacing teeth glinting in the sun is my favourite. She greatly enjoyed painting that horrid creature as she thought he was "SOOO cool."
I was also very pleased when this book was translated into Maori by Paora Tibble. The title in te reo is Nga Reme Riki e Toru.
The Three Little Lambs
Published by Scholastic
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