GOLDILOCKS by Janice Russell


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Age Range: 2 - 4
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 An unembellished retelling of the enduring tale. This is not Goldilocks with a twist, a spin, a new race; it has no alternative ending or unusual point of view. Instead, this is the basic version, simply told with a little dialogue for those who want the story, nothing but the story, homespun and unadulterated. An omniscient narrator uses informal language to recount the story of the girl with the golden hair who wanders into the cottage of three bears, sampling their porridge, chairs, and beds. Country gates and gardens and docile, domestic log-cabin interiors are textured and framed with Jan Brettlike borders that give the book a European look. Meticulous patterns and designs adorn the tempting porridge bowls, vine-entwined handcrafted chairs, and the calico quilts in the cozy cottage. Full-frame close-ups of the bears enliven the telling, especially when Goldilocks awakes from her sleep, for ``this is what she saw'': Three huge, furry faces stare at readers as well as Goldilocks. A good, simple edition. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 1-56397-430-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1997