THE 3 BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS by Margaret Willey

THE 3 BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

This Goldilocks is as headstrong as ever. One raised eyebrow and a pert look at the reader during her father’s morning advice—to not rush into places she doesn’t belong—signals that this imprudent protagonist is headed for trouble. Unlike Jon Scieszka’s The Stinky Cheese Man, Willey’s text plays at the edges, adjusting some minor details while maximizing the story’s moral message. The bear’s “cabin” is lair-like, littered with fish bones and fur; their beds are piles of leaves and feathers; their porridge, a mixture of beetles and scales. Upon finding the intruder of their home is a clawless creature without sharp teeth, the bears’ anger turns to sympathy. But before the bears can act Goldilocks wakes and runs, making it safely home to a father who asks if she’s remembered his earlier advice. Solomon’s use of collage adds a realistic texture and richness to the images, lending a visual interest to the narrative, the changes in which neither enhance nor upend the original classic. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-2494-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008




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