The Three Bears ABC


"F is for Forest. While their porridge cooled, the bears walked in the forest, where they sniffed fragrant flowers." The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears meets the alphabet in this fairy-tale-meets-concept-book story. Grace Maccarone cleverly alliterates Goldilocks' tale from A to Z.
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"F is for Forest. While their porridge cooled, the bears walked in the forest, where they sniffed fragrant flowers." The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears meets the alphabet in this fairy-tale-meets-concept-book story. Grace Maccarone cleverly alliterates Goldilocks' tale from A to Z.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears gets an abecedarian twist, courtesy of Maccarone and Hibbert. Goldilocks, who has bronzed skin and wavy blonde hair, approaches the bears’ home when they are away: “H is for house. Goldilocks saw the bears’ happy house in the forest. I is for inside, where Goldilocks went.” Ample alliteration helps underscore the alphabet concept, but Hibbert’s digital illustrations are oddly soft-edged and fuzzy; it’s almost like watching a 3D movie without the glasses—slightly dizzying. Despite the novel structure of this retelling, the prose has a flatness that drains the story of any real excitement, and Goldilocks’s interactions with the bears provide no real surprises. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
The book's bright, cheerful cover will draw readers into this book. However, they may be disappointed once they begin to read or listen to the story. The title attempts to combine an alphabet book with the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It is not a marriage made in heaven. Some of the letter/word connections are perfect for the age of the readers, such as B is for bears. However, the majority of the connections are a stretch. They often rely on abstract concepts, such as J is for just or Z is for zany. The alphabet connection also interrupts the flow of the story rather than enhance it. The illustrations are bright but sometimes appear as if seen through a fuzzy lens. Goldilocks, with her deep golden tan and her over-the-top hair, looks like a caricature of a contestant in a toddler beauty pageant. There are many better options out there for both alphabet books and fairy tale retellings. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This is the bears story told one step at a time, using the letters of the alphabet as guides. "W is for window. Goldilocks jumped out the window. X marks the exact spot where she landed." The bright pictures are digitally made; Goldilocks has enormous hair and looks like a Disney princess, and the three bears have that wide-eyed Disney look as well. With the glut of trendy alphabets and rewritten classics, this one is mundane.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Can the classic story of Goldilocks be parsed into an alphabet book--successfully? The answer is yes and no. The adaptation singles out key words to construct an alliterative alphabet tale that follows the original plot, but not all are logical choices. Some are obvious, while some are forced. Successful examples include "B is for bears. There were three bears--Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear, who were in bed" and "G is for a girl named Goldilocks." But it's hard to stretch the conceit out over 26 letters. "E is for exit. Everyone exited." "I is for inside, where Goldilocks went." K is for kitchen; Q is for question; T is for ta-dah (upon Baby Bear's discovery of Goldilocks); U is for up (Goldilocks jumps up); V is for very (frightened); X "marks the exact spot where she landed" (after jumping out of the window). The sprightly, vividly colored illustrations are comic in style, with the bears wearing clothing and Goldilocks sporting a wild mane of blonde hair (it is worth noting that her skin is light brown). Each alphabet letter is in a large, blocky display type with a faux–wood grain look. By no means is this an introduction to the fairy tale. The book would be best used as a guessing game or a writing device for kids who already know the story. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807579046
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 494,593
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Maccarone

Grace Maccarone is a children's book editor and the award-winning author of many books for children, including Miss Lina's Ballerinas; The Haunting of Grade Three; Monster Math; and the First Grade Friends series. She lives in Scarsdale, New York.

Hollie Hibbert is the illustrator of An Orphan No More. She lives in Sugar City, Idaho.

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