I admit I am not a huge fan of fairy tales , as a child the old classic ones scared me and as a teacher I rarely liked the lessons. However kids enjoy them and when my son grabbed one of these books from the shelf at the library I decided to grab three other versions and compare . It was fun to introduce my son to compare and contrast while critiquing these books.
The Three Bears by Byron Barton is a good introductory book to the legend of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It’s as basic as it gets as far as the text goes without loosing any of the story, it’s illustrations are very bold and simple. My son who since getting a sister has been incredibly black and white about girls vs boys and all the differences and was really put off that Mama bear had no shirt on. My son’s quirks aside this book is a good place to start when sharing this classic story with your child.
Goldilocks and the Three Bearsby Caralynn and Mark Buehner was my favorite of all the Goldilocks books we read. I liked the modern text, the pop culture details ( a Smokey the Bear poster on the wall being my favorite) and that it didn’t take itself too seriously. There are hidden images in every picture but I am glad I didn’t notice that note until after I’d read it with my son. They are incredibly hard to find and for my 4 year old would have been beyond frustrating so take a look before announcing it to your child.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Lauren Child is a whimsical look at Goldilocks with pictures of a doll , stuffed bears and a real miniature cabin. What I liked about this version were the photos, annd it was impossible for me not to think of the Edith the Lonley Doll when I saw it, but my son who’s never seen Edith still loved the novelty of the photos. What I didn’t like ( although it’s effective) is that I couldn’t anticipate what the bears were going to do to Goldilocks since their expressions were static. I was so worried and rather angry at myself for not pre reading, but there were no gory bits in the end.
Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson is a more classic telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears or so it seems at first. The twist to this great book is that instead of scaring Goldilocks away or worse eating her, she is made to right her wrongs by makings beds, fixing a chair and helping to prepare a new breakfast for everyone. I love it because as I try my hardest to teach my son logical consequences having books like this to reinforce it is always a good thing.
Do you have a favorite Goldilocks and the Three Bears book?