The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors.
Reflected in solid backgrounds and in select details of the very simple illustrations, a total of eight colors are presented. They highlight YELLOW-haired Goldilocks’ flower-picking, her journey through the GREEN leafy forest to a PURPLE cottage and finally her hasty flight back to her BLUE house after three BROWN bears return and she wakes to see Father Bear RED with anger. The match between colors and storyline is not only often arbitrary, but orange and pink have to share a spread, and the entire ursine “Someone’s been eating…sitting…sleeping” dialogue is crammed onto a single page. Moreover, the anemic pop-ups include one that is just a flap and a nonfunctional—or at best underperforming—3-D forest scene. Despite some stumbles, Grace Maccarone’s Three Bears ABC, illustrated by Hollie Hibbert (2013), at least manages a retelling lively enough to carry off its conceptual overlay. Not so this effort.
A long way from “just right.” (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)