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From Publishers Weekly

With his pared-down text and one-dimensional, vibrantly colored images, Barton ( Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones ; I Want to Be an Astronaut ) offers a neatly distilled version of this classic tale. Preschoolers can memorize the simple verse in no time and will delight in chiming in as Papa, Mama and Baby Bear complain in turn about the apparent presence of an unwanted guest. Barton adds a few minor variations: the first two chairs in which Goldilocks sits rock "too fast" and "too slow"; finally, Baby Bear's chair "rocked just right." Among the winsome artistic touches are a telltale trail of flowers that the primitively rendered girl leaves throughout the bears' house and true-to-life crease marks in pillows and blankets. This unassuming rendition is best suited to those at the younger end of the intended age span. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-- The Three Bears go basic, and they've seldom looked better. Recognizing that the tale's youngest fans focus on its core and skip over the embellishments, Barton distills it to a bare outline and the rhythmic refrains that preschoolers love to hear. This is a celebration of their literary needs and a huge success in meeting them. The illustrations are comfortably reminiscent of children's drawing styles, both in simplicity and vision, including a woods of lollipop trees. The paintings are bold and brightly colored; most include just the fundamental items (three chairs, three beds, etc.) with no extra clutter. Observant listeners will notice a few nice details: the single flowers left behind by Goldilocks at the sites of her explorations; the use of one color to identify each bear's belongings (Papa Bear's pants, bed, bowl, and chair are blue). This volume hits the target so squarely that its success is virtually guaranteed as a story-time crowd-pleaser. It's an uncomplicated, relaxing bedtime story and a confidence-builder for very young children who want books to flip through solo. In libraries that already enjoy the handsomeness of Jan Brett's version (Putnam, 1987), the atmosphere of the Eisen/Ferris variation (Knopf, 1987), and the humor of James Marshall's rendition (Dial, 1988), Barton's retelling will be a wonderful complement. --Liza Bliss, formerly at Leominster Pub . Lib . , MA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; 1st edition (November 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060204230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060204235
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
Format: Board book
Our toddler daughter adores this book, and constantly wants to read it over and over. It piqued her awareness of possession -- she started pointing at our chairs and saying "daddy's" and "mommy's", and then pointing and everything else she could find and saying daddy's" or "mommy's". She also made many more comments about how hot or cold various food or beverages were. We have some of Barton's other books, and I think his illustration style works incredibly well for very young children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tiare Sol on September 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I can't give enough rave reviews about this Byron Barton version of the Three Bears. The story is intrigueing enough for our almost 3yr old son, while the bright, simple illustrations hold the interest of our 11-month old daughter. The story is not at all wordy, yet it is definitely the complete Three Bears story. Byron Barton even adds another concept to the story. While the porridge is too hot or cold, and the beds are too hard or soft, the rocking chairs rock too fast or too slow. I love the early concepts the story introduces and the simple, yet well done illustrations and writing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Ryan on November 20, 2002
Format: Board book
We checked this book out of the library when our oldest daughter was 2 (she is now 7). She loved it so much, we bought it. It was the first book that she memorized and we video taped her "reading" it and using different voices for each bear. The same thing happened with our son (now 4) - it was the first book he "read" to himself. And he still enjoys having the story read to him (sometimes by his big sister). Now our third child (2 year old daughter) loves to have the book read to her and "reads" it to whoever will listen.
The colors and illustrations are bold and fun. The story and illustrations are simple yet there are small details - like flowers that Goldilocks drops as she moves along - that spark a child's interest and interaction. We have even done projects using this book. With construction paper, scissors and glue, the children recreate pages from the book.
I can't say enough about this book. We have bought it for all of our little friends and for any new babies that arrive.
We have also enjoyed and purchased Barton's other books - but there is just a special place in our hearts for this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoJoVa on January 29, 2005
Format: Board book
I got this book when my son was 13 months. He loved it and now that he is 18 months he still does. the colors are bright and different in all the pages, the sentences are short enough to keep the baby's attention on the story, and I found the book great to teach opposites. Now when I read the book and I say "the porridge was too hot" my son can complete the next sentence "the porridge was too COLD". And so on with the rest of the story. I say it's a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mmeyer@dseg.ti.com on March 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My first daughter loved this book so much she was always asking us to read it to her. Isn't _that_ what counts in a children's book? Our copy has been handled so much it's disintegrated. We may need another one for our second daughter...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armando N. Roman VINE VOICE on September 13, 2010
Format: Board book
I told my daughter the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears recently, and it instantly became her favorite story. Browsing through the book store, we saw this version, and she loved it. The illustrations inside match the cute cover image. The story itself is the traditional tale of the Three Bears: they make some porridge but it's not ready to eat, so they go out for a walk. A little girl named Goldilocks happens to show up, and tries out the porridge while no one's around. Then she makes herself comfortable and tries out the bears' chairs and then their beds when she's ready for a nap. The bears show up, and she high tails it outta there.

The Three Bears is a quick read, great for a short story before bedtime. There's nothing really objectionable about it, and it does have the lesson of not eating or taking what isn't yours. Really, the only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the price. Like I just said, this is a very quick read, and whether you get it in hardcover, paperback or the little board book version, it still feels a few bucks over what it should be. Either way, it's a cute book. Though you might want to go for a story collection of classics like this that tend to run for about the same price. Whatever you do, you can't go wrong with the Three Bears!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunny swimmer on July 31, 2009
Format: Board book
I'll start by saying that I don't the illustrations in this book: they are too rigid and basic for my taste and lack whimsy. That said, I have been reading this book to my now 24-month old son since he was 15 months old and he loves it. It's the first real story book he has ever heard, and he is at an age where he likes following basic stories instead of just books that illustrate and name animals and objects. Story board books are hard to find for this age group; most story books are paper pages for older children. This is all a long way of saying though I don't like the look of the book, my son does and that's success to me. He asks for us to read it to him repeatedly every night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.C. on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We just adore this book! I checked it out at the library and my "4 going on 5 year old" students (and I!) love it! The pictures are large and the colors are vivid. Much emphasis on the three bears which I love; not too many details on Goldilocks which is fine with me. Usually, the story ends with Goldilocks, but this version focuses on the 3 Bears. Looking forward to purchasing one for our classroom library. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Thumbs up!
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