Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

by Jan Brett


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Jan Brett's richly illustrated take on a classic tale—it's just right!

Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett's lavish illustrations for this classic tale, full of details and surprises, gives this edition a special flair. Children will marvel at the enchanted world created herein.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698113589
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/07/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 81,684
Product dimensions: 8.14(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
julieaduncan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears book, Goldilocks finds the house empty and sneaks inside. There she eats their porridge, sits in their chairs, and falls asleep in their beds. The bears return home shocked to find Goldilocks sleeping in baby bear's bed and Goldilocks jumps out the window never to return again.While traditional in the story, the illustrations are far from it. Intricate detail lets you discover something new each time you look at the book. The story takes on a whole new meaning as you see not only what Goldilocks is up to inside the house, but running panels along the pages also show the bears on their walk. The story itself struck me as insightful. I never thought about ¿how¿ papa bear knew that someone had eaten some of his porridge. Of course, he knew because she left the spoon in it!This fairy tale would be great to study as part of a series of learning about the five senses. Sight could compare the sizes of everything ¿ big, medium, and small. Touch could focus on the beds and letting the children feel soft and hard. Hearing could focus on the sounds in the story: knocking on the door, the chair breaking, the bears' feet on the forest floor, Goldilock's snores. What are the differences in smells that the bears encountered outside versus what Goldilocks might have smelled inside? Last of all, let the children try out cold, hot, and 'just right' porridge. Which one would they eat?
riannarash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a young girl going for a walk through the woods and enters a families house. The little girl adventures through their home tasting pourage, testing out chairs, and beds. After her big adventure, she becomes sleepy and gets too cozy in the families bed. The bears come home to see pourage missing, chairs broke, and little girl fast asleep in one of their beds. I really enjoyed reading this story. This is an all-time favorite of mine personally. This book can teach children how it may feels to mess with others belongings when not told so. This story is easy to read, great plot, and excellent storyline. 1.Have puppets of each character and allow children to create a puppet show. 2.Have each child fold a paper into 8 squares. In each square, have the child begin to re-create the story.
ababe92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a good book that can teach children that you have to try things out before you pick what you want. I recommend this book to parents to read to their children and for teachers to read to their students also.
bamabreezin4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like that this book tells this classic story with vivid pictures, but I'm not sure whether I disliked the book because I already knew what was going to happen, or whether it was that I thought the wording boring, or that I found it repetitive. The repetition, while good for emergent readers, becomes monotonous and is used in contexts that are, in my opinion, more difficult for young readers.
lpeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story that has been retold by so many different authors. In this version, Goldlicks mother sends her out to buy muffins, but tells her not to take the short cut beacause there are bears. She goes that way . She comes up to a house a goes in and tries out everything. When the bears get home they are not happy. Goldlocks jumps out the window and the bears never see her again. A good book that kids of all ages are familar with. I would let my students write their own version of the threee bears.
Cindy_22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a story about three bears, a Papa Bear, a Momma Bear, and a Baby Bear. They all go for a walk to let their porridge cool down. As they leave Goldilocks shows up to their house and makes herself at home tasting each their porridge, sitting in their chairs, and sleeping in their beds. When they arrive home they find out someone's been in their house. When they discover her she runs out and they never see her again.Personal Reaction:This was always a classic story that I liked. I wanted to review this story just because I liked this. The pictures in the book were also great, I love the borders around each page.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Make some porridge and let the kids eat it.2. Have them find different things around the borders of the pages.
RebeccaMichelet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was once a family of three bears who lived in the woods. They each had their own bowl of porridge, their own chair, and their own bed. One day after they left for a walk in the woods, a little girl named Goldilocks found their house. While there, she helped herself to each bowl of porridge. After eating all of the baby bear's porridge she decided to sit in each of the bears' chairs, and then went to bed after she broke the baby bear's chair. She tried both the papa and mama¿s bed, but decided the baby bear's bed was perfect for her. After the bears returned they noticed someone has been in their home, and has eaten their porridge, sat in their chairs, and destroyed the baby bear's chair. After going to the bedroom, they discovered someone has been in the papa and mama bear's bed, and was still sleeping in the baby bear's. When Goldilocks woke up, she saw the bears and ran away.
eamill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jan Brett is one of my favorite children's book authors. She brings this classic fairy tale to life through her intricate and vibrant illustrations. Goldilocks enters the Bears' home and wreaks havoc on their simple lives- eating their porridge, breaks their chair, and sleeps in their bed all before the unsuspecting Bears return home from taking a walk through the woods.
mmgomez1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic children's picture book. I love reading this book to my younger sibilings, it reminds me of my childhood. I had this exact book when I was a younger girl. This is a story about a bear family who leaves this house to go for a walk and a young girl, Goldilocks, helps herself into there home. Later on the bears come home and see the girl sleeping in their bed. Goldilocks becomes frightened and leaves. The end.
TeacherLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brett, Jan. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. (1990). New York: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons.This retelling of the familiar folktale doesn¿t deviate from the classic storyline. It takes place in a comfortable home in the woods. A loving family of 3 bears goes for a walk in the woods while their breakfast porridge cools. A little girl named Goldilocks comes upon the house, peers in the window and enters when she see that no one is home. She tries bowl of porridge until finding that the smallest bowl is just right. The pattern repeats when she tries he bears¿ chairs and beds. She falls asleep in the smallest bed. The bears return and find their porridge, hairs, and bed have been used. Goldilocks awakes while they¿re looking at her sleep and runs off, never to be seen by the bars again.Although this story stays close to the traditional story, what makes it unique is that details are added that make is a rich and engrossing story for young elementary students. For example, the porridge has toasted nuts, honey, and berries in it and the bears find that the cushion of the middle-sized chair is crumpled. The illustrations are highly detailed and help convey the meaning of the story, such as when the small bear is shown playing at the feet of the huge bear at the beginning of the story. This helps the young reader understand what a loving family the bears have.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very Scandinavian/Germanic interpretation-She doesn't show all the beds, though. Baby bear doesn't seem as whiny in this version.
alebarbu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author and illustrator Jan Brett faithfully recounts this traditional nursery tale with the repetition of Goldilocks¿ three trials for each bear¿s porridge, chair, and then bed, and the third trial (of the little bear's stuff) always being the right one. What makes this version particularly appealing are the colorful illustrations, lavish with plenty of details. The bears¿ clothes look like a mix between traditional Native American and Russian clothing while Goldilocks wears traditional German-like clothing. In addition to the main illustrations, Brett¿s usual borders show the reader what is happening in other parts of the story besides the main plot, or give additional details to the featured action. Goldilocks is so realistic that it almost looks like a photograph of a little girl was superimposed on the drawings in some parts. The bears¿ expressions are also very well represented, especially the shock and disbelief in their eyes when they discover that their belongings have been touched. Jan Brett has created a wonderful world that one wants to go to upon reading this book (without getting too close to the bears). Highly recommended. Ages 3-8.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son enjoys this book and he often requests it as his night time suite Story. He is 3 years old. The illustrations are detailed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all Jan Brett books the illustrations are amazing, detailed and beautiful. I bought this book for my five year old daughter to replace a pop-up Goldilocks book she had for younger children. She thinks this is the version for big girls. The wording is different from most versions, not referring to the bears as "Mama, Papa and Baby Bear", but as the "great, huge bear, the middle-sized bear and the little, small, wee bear" making it a welcome addition to your child's library even if they have other versions of the story. The illustrations really enhance the story giving other unwritten details about the characters and their actions.