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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416924949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416924944
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3—Set in "the farthest reaches of the far north," this version of the tale features a plucky lass who, warned by her father "…not to rush headlong into places where you don't belong," nevertheless ventures into the forest and into the bears' messy "cabin," which she sweeps clean. Removing the beetles and other unappealing lumps from Baby Bear's porridge, she eats all of the cereal, then settles down on his small, soft bed for a short snooze. Returning from a walk, the bears, at first annoyed by the rearrangement of their domain, take pity on the "poor creature" they find sleeping in Baby Bear's bed, but Goldilocks reacts with fear and bolts the premises. There is a rustic feel to the illustrations, rendered in watercolor, collage, colored pencil, acrylic, and oil paint. The bears' residence is shown to be a sort of rustic hogan constructed of bent saplings, vines, and bark, the interior strewn with pieces of the outdoors and the remains of meals. Large bowls hold porridge dotted with dead beetles, lumps of grass, and other natural matter. Beds are made from blankets thrown over piles of leaves, feathers, and other forest detritus. Woven baskets and earthenware bowls and vases sit on and around a great stone fireplace. Written and illustrated by the same pair that created Clever Beatrice (S & S, 2001), this satisfying read-aloud offers a new twist on an old favorite.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Willey hews close to the traditional story “The Three Bears” with a literary glance toward natural science that serves the humor of the story well. Goldilocks, “bolder than most and very curious,” scoots into the woods to find adventure, and discovers the cave-like cabin of the bears. Instead of old-fashioned crockery and furniture, the fair-haired adventurer discovers a floor “strewn from corner to corner with leaves and berry stems and pine cones and fish bones and thick, brown fur,” oatmeal with beetles and bark, and beds made with pine needles and feathers. Cleanup, snack, and nap ensue. Mixed-media (watercolor, collage, color pencils, acrylic and oil paint) illustrations depict a lushly locked, bright-eyed protagonist; woods made for exploring; and three good-natured bears who feel sorry that their housebreaker lacks fur, teeth, and claws. Goldilocks’ learned lesson is a satisfying and funny conclusion, worthy of the reader and storyteller. Willey’s lively text and Solomon’s expressive images shake the dust from this old tale and make it shiny new. Preschool-Grade 1. --Janice Del Negro

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on September 26, 2008
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I bought this book because I have a soft spot for artist Heather Solomon, who illustrated my first children's book. And the art IS wonderful. Solomon's signature mixed-media style lends itself particularly well to things like bear fur and tree bark, key ingredients in The Three Bears and Goldilocks. What's more, this retelling manages to shed new light on a well-known story without stretching to twist the plot.

Margaret Willey's Goldilocks is curious, but also helpful. So when she finds a cabin in the woods, she decides she'll tidy up just a bit. Here's where the writer and illustrator have a lot of fun: The bears' home is no cozy half-timbered New England cottage; instead it has the kinds of porridge and beds you might expect from characters who happen to be ursine. Which means that when Goldilocks cleans, she is actually making a real mess by bear standards.

I won't give away any more of Willey and Solomon's clever touches, but I will tell you the last page has a wonderful wry humor that caps the book off perfectly. Oh, and be sure to take a look at Mama Bear's "hair bows"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on June 5, 2010
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I hope you do, anyway :)

What distinguishes this Goldilocks story from most others is that the bears are shown living, well, like bears! Their beautiful house is covered with fish scales and debris (Goldilocks "helpfully" sweeps it up), their delicious oatmeal is filled with bugs and grubs (Goldilocks "kindly" picks it out... before eating Baby's all up, of course), their kingly and queenly beds are made of sticks and dirt. And when they finally find the little girl, what they feel is more pity than anything - no claws, no fur, no teeth!

Funnily, Goldilocks still doesn't really grasp the moral of the story, taking it only as "Don't visit bears!!!" instead of "Sheesh, think before you act for a change", which it was supposed to be.
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More About the Author

Margaret Willey grew up in a lakeside town in Michigan, the eldest daughter in a family of eleven children. Reading stories and poems to her younger brothers and sisters led her to a life of writing stories and poems for young readers. She is the author of many young adult novels, most recently FOUR SECRETS (Carolrhoda Lab 2012)as well as picture books with an emphasis on folktales. She is the author of the CLEVER BEATRICE series, as well as THE 3 BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS (Atheneum 2008). She has received many honors for her books, including The Charlotte Zolotow Award and the Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award. In 2010 she was given the GWEN FROSTIC AWARD from the Michigan Reading Association, an award for impacting literacy in her state. She continues to write for both teens and younger readers. Find out more about Margaret at www.margaretwilley.com

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