Goldilocks and the Breakfast Bunch

Goldilocks and the Breakfast Bunch

by Nadia Higgins, Meredith Johnson

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Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
What would you do if you had an amazing but unusual emergency? Fiona and Freida are best friends who come to the rescue as one of their favorite stories unfolds. Sometimes it is easy for these fairy-tale experts. Other times, however, there are more puzzling questions than answers since unexpected things happen. For example, the girls go to the Sprinkledust Wild Animal Park during a school field trip. Suddenly, there is a "chance" meeting with a ten-year-old girl named Goldie. She tells them she wants to go home because she is scared. Fortunately, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldie have figured out how to use their magic word powers so she could get help. When Goldie reveals what happened with the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Pandas, Fiona and Freida cannot believe it. The Wolf does not even know he is in the wrong story! Perhaps it has something to do with losing his glasses and thinking Goldie is a delicious, plump pig. What to do? The splendid team indeed saves Goldie and the Pandas from a very sad, mixed-up Wolf. Happily, they all become good friends and share delicious, just-right porridge together. At last, the Wolf understands he does not have to eat fairy-tale characters anymore and a happy ending is secured. As readers discover the author's fractured tales, they will look forward to more books in the series. They have similar themes but involve Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. "Fiona & Frieda's Fairy-Tale Adventures" can be used as read-alouds, to inspire creating original renditions, and for incorporating speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills into the curriculum. When using one's imagination, there are no limits, particularly astwo best friends use magic rhyming powers to transform fairy-tales into the real world. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Fiona and Frieda love to act out fairy tales. Usually Frieda takes on the evil witch role, while Fiona favors princesses and fairies, but the real fun begins when the girls invoke MRP, their magic rhyming powers. Their incantations make the real world recede, thrusting the third graders into a fantasy realm where they handle such emergencies as, in Cinderella, a ruined ball gown and the prospect that the poor heroine might not even make it to the ball. Knowing the story endings gives the girls a definite advantage, though their contribution of such modern devices as a digital watch alarm that can remind Cinderella to leave on time presents a new challenge. In Goldilocks, the duo discovers that the three bears are really pandas residing in a bamboo forest. Goldie is now in a new adventure—she is being pursued by the notorious big bad wolf. When the friends help Hansel and Gretel to find their way out of the subway, they become imprisoned by the witch along the way, and use the facts of the original story against her. Though the writing is not especially inspired, these fractured fairy tales, accompanied by simple, black-and-white line drawings, offer solid independent-reading choices as well as ideas for dramatic play.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

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Magic Wagon
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Fiona and Frieda's Fairy-Tale Adventures Series
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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