The Three Snow Bears

The Three Snow Bears

by Jan Brett

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Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That's because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear's bed.

Jan traveled to the far North to meet the Inuit people and see the amazing land where they live. Dramatic illustrations capture the shimmering ice, snow and deep blue seas of the Arctic, and when Jan adds a raven-haired Inuit girl and her appealing huskies, an endearing family of polar bears, and playful Arctic animals in the borders, the result is one of her most beautiful picture books.

The decorative Inuit patterns and clothing Jan uses throughout are sure to attract adult fans and collectors while children will want to listen to and look at this exciting version of a well-loved story over and over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399260094
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/11/2012
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 162,812
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 1 - 3 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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Three Snow Bears 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Mother_of_picky_reader More than 1 year ago
We had been searching for a good Goldie locks and the three bears book. We had no luck until we came upon this book. It is a terrific twist to the story. The beginning of the book was a little weird because it throws you right into the story, but my two year old loves the book. We read it at least twice a day if we let her get away with it. The graphics are beautiful. I really think it was a great idea and well executed. I still just struggle with the beginning, I almost feel like we are missing a whole page.
squeekyMC More than 1 year ago
This story is a great winter story to share with students. It complete the winter unit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Three Snow Bears' is a keeper. Jan Brett always makes you think you are there, in the story, when you read her books. She really investigates her characters each time she writes a new book. For 'The Three Snow Bears', Jan Brett traveled to Baffin Island to visit the last of the more traditional Inuit communities. This attention to detail shows throughout all her stories and illustrations. Kids and grownups love Mrs. Brett's books and illustrations. They really are works of art. She draws her characters in a way that shows their emotions very expressively. This is perfect for picture book audiences. Jan Brett's great care with the story makes 'The Three Snow Bears' come to life. 'The Three Snow Bears' would make a great Christmas Present or a wonderful addition to a library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Intriquing story with a twist. Cute characters and story line hold younsters interest.
coachncheern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful retelling of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears using an Inuit girl, polar bears, and an Artic setting. The illustrations are beautiful with sidebar pictures depicting additional action.
Nini345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a nice little change from goldylocks its not something you would read every day
dreamer2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good twist on an old story. Very nice pictures. I like the ending, and that she was looking for her dogs and thats why she found the house.
mmsharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It makes for a fun cozy winter story taking place in the depths of the snow.
mistywood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Snow Bears, written and illustrated by Jan Brett, is a wonderful story about Aloo-ki and a polar bear family. This story follows the plot of the traditional story of Goldilocks & the Three Bears. The story begins with Aloo-ki shouting for her huskies to "come back!", as we see them floating away on a chunk of ice. Aloo-ki is dressed in traditional Inuit clothing, as are the three bears. We follow Aloo-ki as she searches for her huskies, and along the way finds and explores the igloo home of the three bears. The book is beautifully illusrtated with side stories and illustrations in all the margins. The attention to detail and the way the pictures tell the story are two of my favorite parts of this book. I feel this book is a great way to introduce a new culture to children using a familier story that they know. An extension idea could be to build an igloo using ice cubes. Children could be encouraged to build an igloo using other materials such as: legos or larger cardboard boxes, paper mache' can also be used (whole group project). You could also have a brainstorming session about why Aloo-ki should not have entered the home of strangers ect...
Nhritzuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Brett uses her borders to tell a parallel story and to help the reader make predictions. This Inuit version Goldilocks and the Three Bears will instantly spark recognition among young readers.
taterzngravy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book is a retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears. This story takes place in the Arctic and the little girl is an Inuit who is separated from her dog team and finds shelter in an igloo inhabited by three polar bears. At this point, the story varies little from the original. But the story is a good story and Brett uses her technique of telling two stories simultaneously. It is a wonderful story for children.