Goldilocks

  • Title: Goldilocks and The Three Bears
  • Author: James Marshall (retold by)
  • Illustrator: James Marshall
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication year:
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“‘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. “
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – As with several of the other fairy tales and folklore pieces I have covered for this project, I think this could be read while or after children learn the traditional tale (that has static characters/characterization, unlike in this book).
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I wanted to read this book after we discussed it in class. I liked the humorous spin on the tale and the fact that Goldilocks is quite mischievous and independent. My favorite illustration is in the beginning when Goldilocks goes through the archway that literally says “Short Cut” with various (quite funny) signs that are warning her not to enter.

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