Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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by James Marshall
     
 

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What a sweet child, says a newcomer in town about Goldilocks. That’s what you think, a neighbor replies. For Goldilocks is one of those naughty little girls who does exactly as she pleases—even if that means sampling the three bears’ porridge, breaking Baby Bear’s chair, and sleeping in his bed. James Marshall’s offbeat and inventive telling of this familiar tale will…  See more details below

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What a sweet child, says a newcomer in town about Goldilocks. That’s what you think, a neighbor replies. For Goldilocks is one of those naughty little girls who does exactly as she pleases—even if that means sampling the three bears’ porridge, breaking Baby Bear’s chair, and sleeping in his bed. James Marshall’s offbeat and inventive telling of this familiar tale will enchant readers, young and old. A delightfully irreverent retelling of an old favorite is illustrated with delicious humor and contemporary touches. — Booklist, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Goldilocks is a self-satisfied adventuress in this comical retelling, a 1988 Caldecott Honor book. "The book boasts many jolly details and the pictures burst with color," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
A loopy contemporary humor marks Marshall's work. His writing has the syntax and phrasing and his illustrations the telling details that create a modern context for even the most traditional fairy tales. Goldilocks and the Three Bears opens thus: 'Once there was a little girl called Goldilocks. "What a sweet child," said someone new in town. "That's what you think," said a neighbor.' The accompanying illustration shows a blonde, curly-hair, fiercely scowling little girl about to splash water over three sweetly sleeping cats. My favorite illustration is of Goldilocks in Baby Bear's bed in the quintessential child's room chaos of heaped and scattered bats, toys, books, and clothes. 1998 (orig.
Children's Literature - Julie Eick Granchelli
James Marshall retells the story of Goldilocks, an adventuresome little girl, who takes a journey through the forbidden forest and comes upon the home of three bears, who are out on a bike ride. The bears return home to discover a little visitor sleeping in baby bear's bed. This Caldecott Honor Book is wonderfully illustrated with delightful detail and humor. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Another delightful romp through the fairy tale forest from the author of Red Riding Hood (Dial, 1987) and James Marshall's Mother Goose (Farrar, 1986) . This retelling is a Victorianesque version of a chubby, blond-hair strong-willed ``naughty little girl'' who takes a shortcut through the woods on her way to buy muffins in the next village, and invades the home of the three sophisticated bears. While the basic storyline may be recognizable to young listeners, sight gags and ironic wit are whimsically employed for those who already know the tale and/or Marshall's other works (for example, a white hen perches atop the bears' house). The tone is straightforward and droll. Marshall is careful to include basic motifs from the original tale: the bowls of porridge, the chairs, and the beds, but he takes liberties in his commentary: ``She walked right in without even bothering to knock'' and in the characters' exclamations, like ``Patooie!'' and ``Egads!'' His playful watercolor illustrations fill the pages in their comic portrayal of these well-known figures. Whether shared in a lap or with a group, this one's a winner. Marianne Pilla, formerly at Allard K. Lowenstein Lib . of Long Beach, N.Y.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140563665
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
80,696
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

James Marshall was one of the most prolific and successful author/illustrators of children's books. He was best known for his series on the mischievous exploits of Fox, a debonair, lazy showoff; the uproarious adventures of the two Cut-Ups, Spud and Joe; George and Martha; and the misadventures of the Stupidfamily. He divided his time between an apartment in the Chelsea district of New York and his home in Mansfield Hollow Connecticut.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Marshall has created funny, modern versions of the fairy tales that children absolutely love. The bright colors are eye catching. Students I had loved to read his versions over the classics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not impressed with this version of Goldilocks. She is a spoiled, willful, and disobedient child, which is not something I want to teach my 4 year old. Although I assume she learned her lesson in the end, there could have been a moral lesson about the dangers of not obeying your parents or breaking and entering at the least, which was missing. The pictures were very well done, and the bears had some personality. In my opinion, if this book can get published, then anyone can publish a children's book! Think I'll start now...
Guest More than 1 year ago
As opposed to nature, these bears are tolerant of Goldilock's invasion of their home, food and beds. To children, this is anthropomorphism, which is not what bears would really do if they found you in their lair. But this is a kids' tale and it's fun and I love it, as does my child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Look! cried Baby Bear. Somebody has been in my bed lying in my bed and she's still there.' is my favorite line in the book. Baby Bear always gets the bad end of the deal with Goldilocks. People who didn't know Goldilocks would say, 'What a sweet child'. While on the other hand, the ones who knew her knew better. Then everyone knew after her encounter with the three bears. Marshall, James. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. New York: Puffin Books, 1988.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This entertaining book tells the story of a naughty girl who stops by a house that belongs to three bears and makes herself at home. This Caldecott Honor book is written and illustrated by James Marshall. Marshall grew up in Texas, and he died in 1992. It has been said that no one has ever been able to capture the child¿s point of view like him. The captivating illustrations display the story all on their own. Goldilocks¿ mother sent her for muffins one day. Her mother told Goldilocks to not take a shortcut through the forest because bears live there. Goldilocks said she wouldn¿t take the shortcut. ¿I promise¿, stated Goldilocks. Meanwhile, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear decide to take a bike ride while their porridge is cooling. Goldilocks tries everybody¿s porridge. She ate all of Baby Bear¿s porridge. Then, she sat in all their chairs, but she liked Baby Bear¿s chair the best. ¿In fact she liked it so much that she rocked and rocked until the chair fell completely to pieces!¿ Goldilocks then got tired and went to try out all three of the bears¿ beds. Once again, she liked the little bed the best, and she crawled in the bed and went to sleep. Later that day, the three bears came back home and found her. Marshall, James. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. New York: Puffin Books, 1998. Reading level: Preschool- 2nd Grade
Guest More than 1 year ago
This retelling of the classic Goldilocks and the three bears definetly hit it off with my kids. The illustrations throughout the book did an excellent job of displaying the story. Every kid should experience Goldilocks, and this is the way to go about it, no question!