Thursday, December 08, 2005

Lies my mother told me...

...That I pass on to my daughter

Or maybe it was my grandmother. I don't always remember.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All of the horses, and all the kings men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

But there was an additional line added to the poem.

But a kindly old doctor, with patience and glue,
made humpty dumpty as good as new.

Growing up, I always thought Humpty Dumpty survived the fall. We may have even had a book of nursery rhymes that had the doctor ending, although I don't remember for sure.

I bring Humpty Dumpty up because the other night I was reading to my littlest. She picked the Three Little Pigs, and sat next to me on the floor in her room as I read the story.

Be careful with that book, Veev had warned me, although I had no idea what she meant. I knew the Three Little Pigs story, and I knew that the three little pigs were going to eventually hide in the brick house, the wolf would land in the boiling pot, jump back up through the chimney, and run far, far away.

Except that this book didn't have the fairy tale ending I grew up with. After blowing down the house of straw, the wolf eats pig number 1. The wolf is pictured with a fat belly, clearly showing that he ate the pig. The wolf goes to the house of sticks, blows it down, and eats pig #2, again illustrated with a fat belly.

He cannot blow down the brick house, however, and tries to trick the third pig into meeting with him. The third pig is smart, and tricks the wolf time and time again. Finally, the wolf climbs down the chimney, and lands in a boiling pot of water, where he dies.

A quick, iuformal and completely unscientific survey of some Three Little Pig web sites seems to confirm that this is the original story.

And so, as I read the Three Little Pigs to my littlest, following the tradition of my mom, I changed the story, to make it more child-friendly. All three pigs survived, and the big bad wolf ran away where he was never heard from again.


Blogger Just Shu said...

According to my mom, When Dad wa sin medical school, the Doctor ending was in one of the Medical Journals that Dad got. Mom liked that version, and that's what she taught us.

December 08, 2005 9:24 AM  
Blogger Rolling hills of green said...

'positively' mother goose is the title of one of our books, but in the inside cover is all the originals. Some people like the originals better.

December 08, 2005 12:46 PM  
Blogger Gebrec said...

Similar incident I experienced last night - My 3.5 year old picked a book called Zeke Pippin. Zeke finds a harmanica learns to play it, but his family falls asleep when he plays so he gets pissed and runs away. He finally realizes that it is a magical harmonica and decides to go back. But first he runs into a pack of Dogs (dressed as gangsters) they steal all his money and food and tie him up. He convinces the dogs to let him play the harmonica and still tied up plays them to sleep. He runs out and tries to get home but he is tackled by a wolf who wants to eat him so he plays him to sleep (keep in mind all these scenes are illustrated). He fianlly makes it all the way back home still tied up and collapses on the front poarch.
My 3.5 year old doesn't like the Little train that could because the Mountain scene is too scary. So midway through Zeke became just as magical as his harmonica in that he could playnit with no hands and the wolf wanted to take him to the WOlfland circus to become the great Magician ever scene, but Zeke just wanted to go home so the wolf let him go but fell asleep before untieing him and he made it all the way home but couldn't open the door.
Who in the bloddy hell writes crap like that and puts the damn book in the frikin little kids section next to curiuos george?????
Long live "Lies my parents told me!"

December 08, 2005 2:28 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

THE TWO FIRST PIGS DIE?!?!?AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!!!!I think I'm gonna cry now....

December 10, 2005 6:49 PM  
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Blogger n said...

hey, can ya tell me which version (author) of "The three little pigs" did you read, please?

November 04, 2009 5:27 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

N -

Its been four years since I read the book. I don't remember which version it was.

November 04, 2009 5:45 AM  
Blogger n said...

oh, i thought you have it at home.

December 12, 2009 3:32 PM  

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