Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Little Wee Bear go out for a morning walk, hoping by the time they get home their porridge will cool to the perfect temperature. But they don?t realize a jump-roping, curly-haired terror named Goldilocks is on the way. Things are about to get messy before the Bear family has a chance to eat their porridge. . . .
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Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Little Wee Bear go out for a morning walk, hoping by the time they get home their porridge will cool to the perfect temperature. But they don?t realize a jump-roping, curly-haired terror named Goldilocks is on the way. Things are about to get messy before the Bear family has a chance to eat their porridge. . . .
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“The Buehners retell the old familiar tale with a jump-roping, rhyme-spouting Goldilocks. Buehner’s homey illustrations perfectly capture the facial expressions of the characters, and lend a particular kind of mischief to Goldilocks. Cute….” —Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly

A Goldilocks with jump-rope rhythm who speaks in rhyme injects some freshness into the Buehners' spin on the favorite nursery tale, starring Papa Bear, Mama Bear and "Little Wee Bear." Though Caralyn Buehner doesn't stray far from the original set-up—three bowls of porridge, three chairs and three beds all figure into the mix—her bear family's humorous dynamic and contemporary-sounding exchanges will feel both fun and familiar to young readers. The bears' fair-haired visitor, who bursts on the scene singing, "Tra-la-la and tee-hee-hee,/ Won't you come and jump with me?" to an empty house, makes for an entertaining and fittingly irritating protagonist. Mark Buehner's lushly layered oil-and-acrylic paintings feature a pleasantly plump and nattily dressed ursine clan and a rustic, cozily appointed home. Images of the wild-eyed Goldilocks in her bright yellow frock and red cowboy boots, jump rope in hand, will likely not be soon forgotten. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This version of the well-known fairytale takes a light turn as Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Little Wee Bear decide to take a walk while waiting for their porridge to cool. As soon as they leave, Goldilocks comes skipping rope along the walk up to the house and sings, "Tra-la-la and tee-hee-hee./Won't you come and jump with me?" When she does not hear any answer, she bangs so hard on the door it pops open and she pops right in to try the chairs, the porridge and, of course, the beds. As might be expected, she falls asleep in Little Wee Bear's bed and is found there when the family of bears returns home. When they wake Goldilocks, the bears are frightened, but not as much as the little girl who finds herself staring up at three unhappy bears. After she jumps out the window and runs away, Mama Bear once again makes porridge and this time it is "just right." The oil paint over acrylic illustrations add the humorous touch. The reader is advised to search for hidden pictures within the illustrations but the details in the pictures, while adding much to the story, make the hidden objects extremely difficult to find.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412756
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 223,625
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Carolyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny’s Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.
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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    A new twist on a classic tale

    A story about a Papa Bear, a Mama Bear and a Little bear that lived in the woods a long time ago. The eat oatmeal and one day Papa Bear said it was too hot, Mama Bears was too hot too but the little bears was just right and he said something that sounded like "My porch has a bus light." They decided to go for a walk. A little girl came to their house. She walked right into the families house. <BR/><BR/>She looked around and saw three chairs and started to sing "Big chair, middle chair, little chair too. Somebody's here to bounce on you!" The big chair had no bounce. The middle chair was too soft. The little chair she got on it and said " But that chair looks like its just right. I'll jump me up an appetite!" Of course she breaks the chair.<BR/><BR/>Goldilocks spots the oatmeal on the table and says "Porridge. porridge, sittin in a bowl, I'm gonna eat until I'm full!" In the big bowl it was too hot, the middle one was too cold and the last bowl was just right. She ate it all up.<BR/><BR/>"Goodness, I'm a sleepyhead! I think I'll jump right into bed!" The big bed was to hard, the middle one was too slippery, and the little one was just right. She fell asleep.<BR/><BR/>While she was sleeping the bears came back and noticed the front door opened. Little bear thinks its a wild beast. They go in and notice the chairs. Little bear thinks it was a monster. They notice the porridge and little bears is all gone and he thinks it could be an alien. They go upstairs and notice the beds all messed up. They spot Little bears bed. Papa bear thinks its a wild beast. Mama Bear thinks its a monster. Little bear thinks its an alien. Just then Goldilock opens her eyes and jumps out of bed and yells " Pardon me if I don't stay..Don't feel like jumping anyway!" and she jumps out the window and runs away.<BR/><BR/>A little twist on the classic tale. This was a little more detailed from my son cause he had to talk about each page and laugh at Goldilocks.

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