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The Three Snow Bears Hardcover – September 13, 2007
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About the Author
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."
Top Customer Reviews
So wait... are the bears good or bad? If good, why does Aloo-ki run? If bad, why does she happily wave goodbye? Why did she still steal the boots even thought the bears helped save her dogs? Why did she need to steal the boots when clearly she already had boots of her own? How does she go from running for her life to waving a "thank you"? Am I missing pages?
I get that this is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I get that this is intended for children and maybe I'm over-thinking this. However, I think that stories for any age group should have a clear moral message that depicts action and consequence--perhaps even more so with kid's books. The message that remains after reading this is that 1) It is okay to shirk responsibility in favor of trivial personal needs, 2) It is okay to take things from others and 3) When you take things from other people they will remain friendly and cheerful.
Great pictures and beautifully presented overall but with lazy, morally-ambiguous story telling.
Our grandchildren loved it. The Snowman was a perfect companion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun twist on the classic story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears.Published 5 days ago by RD in San Diego
Can't say enough about this author. Cute retelling of the classic Goldilocks story. Beautiful illustrations.Published 13 days ago by Ann Zapata
Jan Brett is one of my favorite authors and the book is delightful and beautifully illustrated, as are all her books.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
All the books by Jan Brett are amazing. The illustrations are wonderful. I enjoy the "similarity" to well known fables and I really like how this teaches us about other... Read morePublished 1 month ago by pleased
Awesome fractured fairytale of goldilocls! My 1st graders loved it and then we used it to make our own fractured tale in a different sertting.Published 2 months ago by CL
Book in good condition -- great transaction!! Recommend!! A++Published 3 months ago by Liz Davenport