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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Publication Information:
NorthSouth Books 2019/02
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[Trade Paperback]

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Valeri Gorbachev's warm and humorous retelling makes this classic 'just right' for little listeners!

When Goldilocks finds the coziest cabin she's ever seen, she goes inside to explore. As she samples the porridge, chairs, and beds, she's doesn't notice who is right outside the window . . . Could it be the bears?! NorthSouth Books is pleased to reissue Valeri Gorbachev's warm and funny take on the classic tale.

Author Notes

Valeri Gorbachev is the author and illustrator of a number of children's books, both in the United States and Europe, including Chicken, Chickens Go To School and Little Bunny's Sleepless Night . Originally from the Ukraine, Valeri and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Gorbachev (Nicky and the Big, Bad Wolves) opens her faithful retelling with a fire crackling in the hearth as "great big father bear" sits playing the fiddle in his slippers, "middle-sized mother bear" dozes over a book and "wee small baby bear" raids the cookie jar. This bear family is as friendly a furry trio as ever set paws in a forest. As the golden-haired interloper proceeds to test porridge bowls, chairs and beds, Gorbachev keeps the familiar story line satisfyingly clean and crisp ("Then she tried the wee small baby bear's wee small bed, and it was just right!"). Meanwhile, he heightens the suspense with periodic glimpses of the bear family's outing through various windows. The climactic moment, when the ursine trio discovers Goldilocks, is accompanied by grins rather than growls. The non-threatening bears (father bear sports a bow tie) look quite eager to meet their little visitor, who scampers off nevertheless. Gorbachev's watercolors, in a largely earth-toned palette, offer a smattering of amusing touches (such as mother bear's gold hoop earrings) and his snug interiors conjure a cozy and comforting world. Ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

This retelling of the story of Goldilocks is traditional in both art and story. The pacing is strong--with page-turns at suspenseful moments--and the author interjects few unnecessary details. Goldilocks looks appropriately out of place in the bears' house, as her bright green and red clothes contrast with the muted tones of her surroundings. From HORN BOOK Spring 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.