The Three Little Dassies by J Brett Free Activities PDF

book cover photo for the Three Little DassiesThis post has a free printable for The Three Little Dassies by Jan Brett, for students to create their own story variation. It also has a book review of the book. This adaptation of the three little pigs by Jan Brett takes place in South Africa.  After being inspired by adorable little rock dassies while camping in Namibia, she wrote this story. Mimbi, Pimbi, and Timbi wave good-bye to the parents as do the three little pigs, but they have an eagle–not a fox–to avoid.  Real dassies have fur and look something like a walking koala, apparently.

My free printable does not require the book for use, but reading this variation to children will help them think of their own adaptions of the story. Other variations of the 3 pigs story would also be good to have on hand to show children how stories can be changed and rewritten by different authors.

The Three Little Dassies by J Brett Free Activities PDF


This free printable has several different animals stick puppets that could be taped on craft sticks to allow children to practice retelling or making up their own stories about the 3 little pigs.  There is a writing frame with prompts for emergent writers to add to and thereby write their own story variations.

Thanks for reading, Carolyn

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About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. Jackie Higgins 12/13/2012 at 1:41 pm

    I haven’t read this book by Brett. Don’t you think she must have a fascinating life with all the traveling she does for her stories? She is one author I’d love to meet. Thanks for the freebie!

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 12/15/2012 at 5:39 pm

      Jackie, this was the only Brett book I could get that day. I wasn’t sure if I could make a printable for it. There is no dassies clip art. I was going to post it on the Virtual book club but it will be a blogger day of silence, so I will link these and my others on the 18th.

  2. Christy 12/12/2012 at 7:54 pm

    Are the pictures of this book as stunning as Jan Brett’s other books?

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 12/13/2012 at 5:42 am

      Christy, the photos are stunning but not cute in the way animals can be. The photo in the back of the book showed an adorable real dassie. The clothing on the eagle wasn’t appealing to me. I like Jan Brett’s other books better! This was the only book by Brett chhecked in at our tiny town’s library at the cabin last week!

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