Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” So it is with the three little pigs, as each is willing to make his house a jail as their ‘defense’ against the wolf. While the three little pigs add locks and security grates to their homes, the apparently happy go lucky Ziggy sleeps under the stars and enjoys the beach. However, it is the wit of seemingly happy go lucky Ziggy that saves all four. Though the wolf is not vanquished, yet the pigs’ success and happiness is clearly achieved. How Ziggy does it is too good to reveal here.
Ziggy’s surprise solution appears so abruptly that it seems to contradict the character we think we see. This may be a good lesson itself. Ziggy shows us that different lifestyles clearly offer different advantages. We can also learn that people who suddenly seem wildly successful may not simply be ‘lucky’. In fact, they may have had a sensible strategy at work for long time. A little parental guidance could emphasize these aspects of the story. The joke is not only on those who hunker down and plod through life, but also on those who spend their lives seeking ‘instant’ success.
(We note that the flat illustrations, showing four indistinguishable little pigs, would benefit from Ziggy’s imagination.)
Once your child is familiar with the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs, ‘Ziggy’ is clearly the next book to bring home!