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Library : Book Reviews > The Tale of Gilbert...

The Tale of Gilbert Alexander Pig
By Gael Cresp

Published By Barefoot Books

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     Following the fairy tale “The Three Little Pigs”, this story is somewhat similar but also very unique in its own way. When Gilbert Alexander the pig decides it is time to leave home, he packs his bag and his trumpet and says good-bye to his mother. He travels many miles for many days until he comes to an area along the riverbank. There he builds a fire and catches fish to eat and plays his trumpet to the stars in the night sky. All appears to be great until the white Wolf finds Gilbert and wants to eat him and his fish and play his trumpet! Gilbert, loving his trumpet so much, runs away and doesn’t stop until he reaches the beautiful mountains. Once there he builds himself a home out of sticks, ate fish from the nearby river and played his trumpet to the stars at night. When the wolf catches up with him during the end of autumn, Gilbert must again run away or bear to lose his favorite trumpet. So he runs away and finds himself in the city where he must purchase materials to build himself a strong brick home to protect himself from the white Wolf. He plays his trumpet to try to earn some money. He plays in the street, café’s, nightclubs and in the concert halls until he has enough money to build his winter home!
     When the white Wolf comes to bother him again, Gilbert is fed up! He tells the Wolf that they need to make an agreement that will make them both happy. So after many hours of discussions they come up with a grand decision! What is this great plan you ask? Well if I told you that it would ruin the story!
     I recommend this book for ages 3-9, it teaches about compromising and friendships and is a wonderful addition to your library when a regular fairy tale just won’t cut it!


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