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Somebody And The Three Blairs (Orchard Paperbacks) Paperback – September 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: Orchard Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531070565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531070567
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

According to PW, this role-reversal, "vivacious version of the classic tale... is just right." Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- In this satirical send-up of the Goldilocks tale, Somebody is a bear who rampages through the Blair family's house while they are out. Somebody raids the pantry, slightly twisting the usual rejections of the food: "too dry, too noisy, just right." The hand-held shower is too hot, the toilet is a pond that is too small, but the stream of water at the sink is just right. Somebody devastates the house far worse than Goldilocks ever did, and falls asleep in Baby Blair's crib. He escapes down the drainpipe when the Blairs return, but Baby Blair invites him back to play. Abel's paste cartoons are jolly, with red-cheeked Blairs and a cuddly Somebody. Figures are laid against large white backgrounds with additional details present only occasionally. This uncluttered look is effective, lending emphasis to the ritual plot elements. Children who have overdosed on Goldilocks will love this version. Brinton Turkle's Deep in the Forest (Dutton, 1976) is a straightforward retelling of the story with the role reversal the only differing component. Tolhurst's version is a bit more sophisticated with its urban setting, and Abel adds a sly touch of humor in the worried expressions on the faces of Mr. and Mrs. Blair while Baby enters fully into the enjoyment of mess, damage, and naughtiness. So will readers, who will also appreciate the uncommon stimulation of literary allusion. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The pictures are very cute, and colorful.
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Even though I'm a teenager, I've loved this book since I first read it.
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I read this book to my daughter's 2nd grade class.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was a delightful treat to read. It's whimsical, and fun. The Three Blairs take the place of the Three Bears, and it's easy for a child to relate to the family. Somebody has a great name, for we all blame somebody for the mishaps in our homes. This is such a well written, perfectly illustrated book. I say Hurrah. I thouroughly enjoyed it, as did my two year old!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. Reichhardt on February 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my daughter's 2nd grade class. They loved it. I had to read it to them twice. They really got a kick out Baby Blair. And quite honestly, I loved it just as much. So, now I'm ordering it so I can add it to our family library and read it to my 15 month old. This will definitely become one of our favorite bedtime books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By casey87 on January 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Even though I'm a teenager, I've loved this book since I first read it. It is an adorable and very funny retelling of The Three Little Bears, and, in my opinion, it's better than the original! It's a simple book for most kids to read, and they will be sure to enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Somebody" has gotten into the Blairs's house. When they get home they'll be surprised to find that the order their house is in is called "Complete Chaos." There's tons of mess, the baby's chair is broken, and there's a flood in the bathroom. Who is Somebody?

"Somebody's been eating my crunchies!" This book is a spoof of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." What Somebody does is very humorous and not very realistic. The pictures are very cute, and so is what Baby Blair says, such as "Feeda ducks!" This is a funny book for kids age three to five.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise L. Weinsteiger on November 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My kindergarten children absolutely love this story and the familiarity it suggests to Goldilocks. At the end of each reading, I am always asked to "read it again". Once I share this book, the librarian never gets to shelve it until the end of the year. And she has two copies!! The children circulate it among themselves each and every week! My son listened to the story three times in a row and still selects it weekly! Great gift or addition to a home library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
Young children will delight at the adventures of a bear who wanders into a house of people while they are out. Most children will easily see the connection to "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". A wonderful comparison story for teachers to use in the classroom during a fairytales unit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cristy S. Peeren on February 27, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding
This book is so funny to first graders that they make me read it to them over and over. They also love to read it to themselves. My paperback copy was so threadbare from use, that I had to order a hardbound copy for the children to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is my daughters' (ages 4 and 5) favorite version of the 3 Bears story. They identify with the mischievousness of Baby Bear and laugh at the reactions of the human family each time we read the story.
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