We all know the story of the three little pigs… or do we? Just in time for holiday gifting, Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman has introduced a new book that retells classic fables with a modern twist. Natalie Portman’s Fables, an instant New York Times bestseller, reimagines three popular fables—”The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Country Mouse and City Mouse”—with wit, wisdom and a playful, kid-friendly voice.
The idea for the book came from Portman’s experience reading to her own kids, where she found books either had only male characters or were specifically “books for girls.” Rather than toss aside the popular stories—and the lessons that come along with them—Portman made her own edits, beginning with adjusting the pronouns.
In Natalie Portman’s Fables, Portman keeps the original messages of these timeless fables, like how hard work pays off (especially when a Big Bad Wolf knocks at your door), while adding modernized lessons, like the importance of respecting our planet. Each of the three stories is paired with charming artwork, making the book a timeless gift to teach kids about empathy, acceptance, and kindness while passing down classic fables.