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RUBIA AND THE THREE <i>OSOS</i> by Susan Middleton Elya


by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4231-1252-5
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

The perennially popular "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" assumes a Spanish accent in this contemporary retelling. Framed in clever rhyming text, the familiar classic introduces Spanish words to change the flavor of the tale and humorously teach young readers basic Spanish vocabulary. In this version, the three osos live by themselves and decide to take a stroll before dinner. While the osos are out, Rubia with curls of oro boldly trespasses into their casita, discovers their platos of sopa, finishes off bebe’s sopa, breaks bebe’s silla and falls asleep in bebe’s cama until the three osos return and chase her away. However, unlike the original Goldilocks, Rubia makes amends by taking homemade sopa to the osos along with a heartfelt lo siento. Pencil, watercolor and collage illustrations are packed with Southwest detail and rendered in fiesta colors, adding Latin flair, while the overtly comic depiction of the three osos and Rubia in her red cowgirl boots contributes to the lighthearted humor. All pedagogy should be this palatable. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)