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Me and You Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374349088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374349080
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–Browne subtly overlays the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” with a social message. The Goldilocks character, nameless throughout, is introduced in a dark palette against a bleak urban setting. Conversely, the Bear family is presented as a colorful and happy unit. Baby Bear is the narrator. While on a walk, the girl chases a balloon and gets lost. She is drawn to the bears' house with its warm, yellow facade. There, she is another person: her head no longer hangs low, and she is infused with color, especially her fiery, golden hair. She eats the porridge, checks out the chairs, and winds up in Baby Bear's bed. She is experiencing life in a world vastly different from her own. When the bears return and find the intruder, their perfect world is shaken up momentarily and, for the first time, they are depicted without color and clearly angry. The girl flees the house and runs back to her side of town. Baby Bear is left concerned and wondering about her. The girl finally runs into the arms of her mother, and the story concludes with their wordless, warm embrace. This book looks at what constitutes family and at our culture of the haves versus the have-nots. Browne's signature artwork and intentional use of color make the juxtaposition of “Goldilocks's” plight with the bears' way of life unmistakable. Younger children can enjoy this picture book, but, in the hands of the right adult, older children will get a lot out of it. Browne has added depth to a story that we thought we already knew.–Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Browne’s wry fractured fairy tale sets the Goldilocks story in a contemporary urban neighborhood and tells it from the dual viewpoints of a lost little girl and a baby bear. The girl’s story, shown on left-hand pages, is wordless; sepia-toned pictures show a bespectacled, blond kid who gets lost in the city streets, enters a house with an open door, eats porridge, breaks a chair, and snuggles up to nap. On each facing page, Baby Bear tells his parallel story, illustrated in full color, of walking in the park with Daddy and Mommy and then coming home to find his breakfast gone, his chair broken, and someone asleep in his bed. Browne adds notes of realism and melancholy to the traditional story. Goldilocks is alone in a city filled with abandoned buildings, while Mommy and Daddy Bear complain and ignore Little Bear. The colloquial narrative adds further immediacy, and it also lightens the mood, while the climax, in which Goldilocks returns home to her mother’s embrace, reveals shining gold under all the sepia brown. Preschool-Grade 3. --Hazel Rochman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In a double narrative, Me and You is a transformation of the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In wordless sepia toned illustrations, Browne depicts Goldilocks' origin story set in an inner city where she lives in a single-parent home and is raised by her mother. Feeling the want of Baby Bear's idyllic suburban life, this character has no voice of her own and no color in her existence. Having wandered out of her world and into his, Goldilocks roams through his home, sees how the other half live, and revels in the colorful idealized world. However when the homeowners return and express their disapproval, Goldilocks flees--escaping their world and returning to hers where she is greeted by the open arms of her mother. Browne's juxtaposition of sepia and color, voicelessness and voicing, and realism and idealism masterfully convey a little girl's struggle to accept her imperfect existence and find emotional peace. Such intense symbolism lends itself to a study of character development that explores the concepts of flat, round, dynamic, and static characters; antithesis; and juxtaposition. Moreover, Browne's parallel perspectives will make an excellent pairing for John Cheever's "The Opportunity."
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First let's stick strictly with the book. The story is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I enjoy a traditional favorite retold. It's fun. I don't think that Browne does a good job. The way that the story is told is supposedly from both sides. Well, it only has pictures of little Goldilocks so we don't really know anything about her other than that she likes balloons and for some reason after being lost broke into someone's house and ate their food, broke a chair, and took a nap. I think I'm supposed to feel sorry for her. There are indications that could be taken really far, but the book doesn't really give a way to open the subject with our small children to whom we are reading the book.

So, I guess next I'll have to go with the rabid feminist title. When a "modern" version comes across with 1950s stereotypes I guess I am not sure what to do. Mama, why is the mama bear cleaning and no one else? Why does the mama bear cook breakfast. Why does the Daddy Bear immediately jump to the conclusion that mama bear left the door open (although she jumps back at him...) Yes, mama bear theoretically works. So nice, she does the housework AND works a full time job. No wonder the house is so nice.

And so we can return to my final issue. There is really nothing about the bears. It's a story about nothing. Even the bears are perplexed at the end.
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I think Me and You is a good because Anthony Browne hides pictures in the story and one side is Goldie Locks side and one side is the bears side. The pictures are really fascinating. When you see a teacher please tell the teacher the teacher may want to share it to her class. If you like happy ending books you are in for a treat!
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a retelling of the classic story Goldilocks and the three bears. the twist on this tale is that it is told from Goldilocks point of view parallel to the original story. Goldilock's part of the story is told entirely in pictures. This will challenge the kids to really look at the pictures and try to figure out what is going on. If you like new takes on old stories this one is a must read!
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