Among the first apps I downloaded on my iPad (again, shout-out to BubbeGiraffe for guiding PC in the right direction) was MeeGenius for Peach. I loved the idea of my nearly-four year old being able to access stories at times when no one was available to read to him. MeeGenius has many of the classics available with word highlighting and easy playback. Yippee!!
Somehow in this age of helicopter parenting, the end of the story has been softened. Changed. Destroyed.
Down the chimney came the wolf, only to find the pig seated at a table with a full meal for two. The pig shared the food with his new friend the wolf, and showed him how to enjoy many other delicious foods.
I seem to recall a very different outcome for both the wolf and the first two pigs. In the original version, after the house of straw (Pig #1) and the house of sticks (Pig#2), the respective pig was eaten by the wolf. Unable to blow down the house of bricks (Pig #3), the wolf did indeed come down the chimney. Right into a pot of boiling water and, thereby, becomes the main course for dinner.
Too violent? The Disnified version has the wolf come down the very same chimney, but with radically different results. He burns his tuches on the scalding water and runs out of the third pig’s home while they join in a rousing chorus of “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”
Somehow the story loses its punch with the wolf being seated at, rather than being served on, the table.
In other news, the latest edition of Haveil Havalim is up over at the Ima’s Bima!