Once upon a time, there were four little pigs
and a wolf with a craving for pork.
Three of the pigs were just regular swine
but the fourth was a bit of a dork.
Now piggies, like people, must have a good house
in which to store all their stuff.
It is also essential to shield them from harm,
such as a wolf-at-the-door’s huff-and-puff.
The three regular pigs had regular homes
constructed of bricks, wood and straw.
The other pig lived in a house made of books,
considered, by some, a faux pas.
Well the piggies who lived in the straws and the sticks
were accosted by that big wild dog,
who thought to himself “what a couple of hicks,
why, I’m gonna get me some hog!”
But each pig ran off - wolf’s plan went awry,
as they escaped to the house made of brick.
The pigs, he soon learned, were surprisingly spry
for creatures quite portly and thick.
Then he tried to blow down that house made of bricks
and it just wouldn’t budge - like a rock.
The piggies inside just giggled and yelled:
“hey Big Bad Wolf! Take a walk!”
So he stomped to the sty of pig number four -
the house that was built out of books.
This pig was not scared of the wolf at his door,
or even his scariest looks.
For you see, pig had read every book used to build
the foundation and walls of his shack;
preparing him well with options and skills
to fend off a bad-wolf attack.
The wolf howled at the door: “oh pig let me in -
I’m wanting to give you a gift!”
Pig said: “not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin,
for your ruse is not very swift.”
The wolf was no match in words or in wit
for piggy’s fine cottage of prose;
still, he huffed and he puffed and threw a big fit,
but listen... everyone knows
that a scholar will earn a whole lot more dollars
in the course of the life that he lives;
than a wolf who simply just huffs, puffs and hollers,
because learning is really what gives.
Defeated again, wolf knocked on pig’s door
and shouted “hey, you smart little hog -
I’ll never again call you a dork
if you’ll tutor this ignorant dog.”
“Cause I’m tired of huffing and puffing, you see,
just to capture my every meal;
so teach me to read and loan me some books
and I’ll get enlightened, and real.”
So Piggy and Wolf became really good friends,
and famous, on talk circuit shows.
Sharing their story and love of good books
which is healthy, as everyone knows.