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Santa Claus and the Three Bears

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  121 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear weren't expecting any company when they went for a walk on Christmas Eve, but that's exactly what they got! Debut author Maria Modugno teams up with award-winning artists Jane and Brooke Dyer to deliver a festive twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with Santa Claus stepping in as the cheerful intruder.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by HarperCollins
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Michelle Moore
"Yesterday, we began talking about fractured fairy tales. What is a fractured fairy tale?" Student response. "Yes, that is correct, an author takes a fairy tale, breaks it apart and then changes it to make it their own. Today I am going to show you another one. Before I tell you which fairy tale the author fractured, I want you to look at the cover and think about which fairy tale they based this story off of." Pause, student response. "Yes! It reminds me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears too. Y ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Aylea rated it really liked it
This review also published at The Children's Book and Media Review run by Brigham Young University.

On Christmas Eve, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear are busy getting ready for the holiday the next day. They decorate the house and make Christmas pudding, but when they sit down to eat the pudding is much too hot. They go on a walk to see the Christmas lights while their pudding cools. While they are gone, Santa Claus comes to their house. He tries the pudding, but only one is just right, and o
I read this book because I thought it looked like an excellent opportunity to transform a traditional fairy tale into something even more meaningful and clever. I was further encouraged by the reviews I read from people gifting this version to children at the holidays. Perhaps this is why I was sorely disappointed with the actual work.

It was NOT a clever retelling of the The Three Bears. It is an uninspired repetition of a classic structure in which an-oft beloved character (whom children are us
Elizabeth K.
Jan 15, 2016 Elizabeth K. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-lucy
This was probably our favorite new Christmas read this year, it's a straightforward Three Bears story with Santa Claus in the Goldilocks role. One thing I liked about is that it comes through in the book that Santa is resting/eating etc because he is tired from doing all the Christmas deliveries, as opposed to being a random trespasser/vandal. And it cracked me up that the bears were mostly perplexed, and not angry when they discover their porridge, etc. I think Lucy (age 4) liked it because she ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Michele rated it liked it
Cute, nicely illustrated Christmas version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with Santa as Goldilocks!
Richie Partington
Sep 24, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: SANTA CLAUS AND THE THREE BEARS by Maria Modugno, Jane Dyer, ill., and Brooke Dyer, ill., Harper, September 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-170023-1

"Once upon a time, about, hmmm, five years ago, there was this groovy dude and his name was Santa Claus, y'know? And he used to live over in the projects with his old lady and they had a pretty good thing together because his old lady was really fine and she could cook and all that stuff like that, y'know?
-- Cheech and Chong, from another
Dec 03, 2013 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
The three bears are polar this time, and their visitor isn't a blonde-headed child, but Santa Claus himself! Oh, he eats Baby Bear's pudding, he breaks Baby Bear's chair, and he sleeps in Baby Bear's bed, but rather than run away in fright when the bears return home, Santa opens up his pack and gives them gifts. (And that was the part the 2nd graders here liked best of all, because Santa gives Mama Bear a middle-sized gift like they expected, but Papa Bear gets a wee little gift and Baby Bear ge ...more
Young Reader Reaction: Our young reader liked the originality of the story. She liked to compare the parts she "knew" from Goldilocks and the Three Bears and compare them to this one. She fell in love with Baby Bear right away and laughed about him being "in the way."

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet, adorable story, and one I would definitely consider adding to our personal holiday book library. The author not only does a great job of weaving in Christmas, but giving the story fresh ideas
Meg McGregor
Dec 30, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it
A Christmas version of the traditional story, Santa Claus is the intruder instead of Goldilocks!

The Three Bears leave their Christmas pudding to cool and go look at the Christmas lights.

Santa comes and eats Baby Bear's pudding, sits in Baby Bear's chair, and sleeps in Baby Bear's bed.

A fun time is in store for all as this story is being read aloud.

I like to make up silly voices for each of the bears and for Santa too!
Jun 30, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
A sweet retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears with Santa playing the role of Goldilocks. Artwork done in gouache and watercolor, the arts jumps off the page as Santa makes his way through the bears home trying Christmas pudding, chairs and eventually beds.
Juliana Lee
Dec 17, 2014 Juliana Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This was a fun story to read. And, whether or not children are familiar with the traditional tale, this is one I’m sure they will enjoy reading and hearing over and over.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
The three bears weren't expecting company when they went for a walk on Christmas Eve. But who should appear but the merry old gentleman himself - Santa Claus! Santa tries out the Christmas pudding, the chairs and then the beds. Find out what happens when the three bears come home from their walk. Wonderful pictures and whimsical prose make for a lovely picture book to share with your family during the holiday season.

Janice P. / Marathon County Public Library
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Aug 05, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable mashup of Goldilocks and Santa Claus. Who has a legitimate excuse to enter houses and eat food left out on Christmas? Who might be tired from traveling the world and want to rest for a minute? This is definitely one to get again.
Dec 26, 2015 KP rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The kids I read this story to loved it. It's a twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 21, 2016 Debby Baumgartner rated it really liked it
A take off on the three bears where Goldilocks is Santa Claus.
Dec 04, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
After we took out the carts of Christmas books from the storage room here in the library, I was astonished to see the huge number of titles amassed here over the years! And then a shipment of books that we ordered arrives and now there are even more beautifully illustrated Christmas books. This title is one that caught my eye right away not only because of the title but the illustrators since I've always enjoyed Jane Dyer's illustrations and now I learn that she lives in Massachusetts! Neat.
Jan 29, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Classic Goldilocks and the three bears with a Santa Claus twist.
Jan 03, 2014 Dina rated it really liked it
Cute retelling of the old story with Santa visiting while the bears take a walk after their holiday dinner. Santa follows Goldilocks' routine but it seems surprising for Santa to take a nap while out delivering gifts let alone making baby bear wait a year for a replacement chair. As always love Jane Dyer's watercolors.
While there is no Goldilocks or porriage in this adorable picture book, there is Santa and Christmas pudding. This is a fun wintery twist on a classic that every kid young and old will adore.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.
Jan 28, 2014 Jodie rated it liked it
A Christmas retelling of the Three Bears.
Dec 20, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
Lovely change up on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. All the elements of the story remain the same, just the visitor happens to be Santa. The illustrations are in a Scandinavian theme and the bears are of the polar variety, nice and white for wintertime and one of my favorite decorations, Danish hearts appear as a table decoration. Fun book.
Santa takes the place of Goldilocks in this FFT.

First grade really liked it. I think it's a pretty good take on Goldlocks for Christmas. I would have used medium instead of middle for the Mama Bear parts because it fits better.

Oh, and Santa? If you break a chair, you should replace it post haste, not next year as a Christmas present.
Dec 07, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Lush illustrations highlight this retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears. This time the bears are polar bears and "goldilocks" is Santa Claus. This will make a great read aloud for my kindergartners to enjoy the Christmas season and get a little "comparing and contrasting" in with the original tale.
The Jane and Brooke Dyer illustrations are a lovely complement to this rather traditional revamping of the three bears. Fun!
Sep 24, 2013 Whitney rated it really liked it
4 stars for the whimsical illustrations (which draw on the styles of Susan Wheeler, Jan Brett, and Mary Engelbreit), and 3 for the text, which is a Christmas version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (which stays true to the story but does not add much originiality).
This spin on the classic Goldilocks tale translates very well into a Christmas version. Santa samples the porridge, chairs, and beds, but when he is discovered he delivers presents! Watercolor and gouache illustrations. Great gift book for PreK-2.
Great Books
Nov 06, 2013 Great Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: birth-4
This is a delightful holiday twist on the classic tale. The bear family isn’t expecting any visitors when they go for a walk on Christmas Eve. Imagine their surprise when they come home to find Santa sleeping in Baby Bear’s bed!
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Elizabeth S
Dec 22, 2013 Elizabeth S rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars. The premise is clever, oh so clever. But other than that, it was the same-old Goldilocks story. So, read the title, enjoy the cleverness of it, and you don't need to bother with the book itself.
When Papa, Mama and Baby Bear return from a walk on Christmas Eve, they're surprised to find their pudding eaten and their chairs sat in and broken. And who's that asleep in Baby Bear's bed?
Dec 27, 2013 Daniel marked it as to-read
Shelves: library
This is probably going to be a very interesting parody of goldilocks and the three bears
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