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Goldie and the Three Bears Paperback – January 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061136115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061136115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-One of Goldilocks's qualities-her desire to have things "just right"-is extended into a charming story. "It was hard work finding the perfect hat, a really comfortable sweater, or shoes that didn't pinch her toes. But it was worth the effort, because when Goldie loved something, she loved it with all her heart." What's missing in her life is just the right friend. One day, she gets off the bus at the wrong stop and wanders into a little brick house at the end of a winding path. What she finds there will bring a smile to every child who is looking for a friend who's "not too bossy," "Not too boring," and "Not too snobby or silly or rough." The writing is smooth, concise, and rhythmic. The author's voice peeks through now and then, adding an understated humor that kids will love. "When she had finished the book, Goldie peeked into the next room. It will not surprise you to learn that she found three beds in there." And the pictures are marvelous, with fine lines; soft, glowing colors; and winsome, telling details. Many contemporary retellings of familiar fairy tales are successful in a clever way, but this goes beyond clever to also have real substance. A 24-carat selection for many children, especially those who like things just so.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Reviewed with Jim Aylesworth's Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

PreS-Gr. 1. Is there room for two more versions of Goldilocks? Yes, if it's space for these two. Although as different from each other as peas and pies, both are delightful and will attract their own audience, with some children preferring the traditional story and others gravitating to the fresh and funny version. Although Aylesworth follows the standard telling, he adds decorative touches in the text. McClintock's art is also traditional. Executed in watercolor, sepia ink, and gouache, her pictures have a nodding acquaintance with Tenniel's artwork for Alice, but the Victorian sensibility is interrupted here and there with some humorous details, particularly the expressions on Goldilock's face. Stanley's Goldie is a modern-day kid. She has definite likes and dislikes about food, clothes, and even friends: Jenny is too boring; Alicia is too snobby. One day, Goldie gets off the school bus at the wrong stop and wanders into a strange house. Children may think they know the rest, but in the end, the little bear girl turns out to be just the friend Goldie has been looking for. Stanley's art, so sophisticated in her biographies, is delightfully childlike here, with lots of fun in every scene. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children, noted especially for her series of picture book biographies. SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULUS was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; LEONARDO DA VINCI received the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction from the National Council for Teachers of English. Ten of her books have been honored as "Notable Books" by the American Library Association and she has twice received both the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award. She is the recipient of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for the body of her work.

She lives in Santa Fe, NM. Visit her website at dianestanley.com.

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My two year old daughter LOVES this book!
M. Kleinberg
It sets the story of Goldilocks in a recognizable American neighborhood and changes the plot to one much more relevant to contemporary children.
Barry Kessler
Not bad for adults to read to them like some!
Beverly A. Ferguson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Kleinberg on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My two year old daughter LOVES this book! I checked it out from the library and it was a sad day when we had to return it. The story is so sweet. Much more friendly than the original. It has a wonderful ending. I highly recommend this to all parents of little ones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, where we are allowed to sympathize with Goldie, who simply got off at the wrong bus stop, was hungry for her usual afternoon snack, and fell asleep for her usual afternoon nap. Contrasting this story with the traditional story is an excellent language-enrichment activity for children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My twin 2.5 year olds love when we tell them the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We took this out of the library and it has been a HUGE hit. The pictures are endearing and engaging and the story charming. It has enough aspects of the original tale to make it familar, yet adds just the right amount of modernity to make it really relatable. My girls are always pointing out details in the pictures and are excited by the happy ending which I also find much more fulfilling than the original. A great deal of humor makes it enjoyable for Mom and Dad to read over and over again too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By earthpulse on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am writting this review for my seven year old sister,Taylor. Here is what she has to say about this book: "I got this from the library at school and I LOVED it! It was a book-sensation celebration. It was a very cute story. I think it's better than the real version of Goldie Locks. In this book Goldie is picky and I usually don't like picky people, but she is picky in a funny, funny way. I love it! I am so happy I found it on amazon.com and now I want to buy it to keep."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Garza on October 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Our daughter, now 5, loves reading this book. The resoluion of the story just seemed much more real and satisfying to her that the traditional version. This book and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity are on heavy bedtime rotation.
One small nitpick though: Alicia, the snobby girl, has two right hands!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Conner on May 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A delightful retelling of a children's classic enhanced by vibrant illustrations. Finally you have the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Goldie's perspective. Stanley's Goldie is humorous and warm-hearted.
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