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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  282 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Goldilocks happens upon a cottage in the woods where live three bears. Curiosity gets the better of her as she explores the cottage to find porridge, chairs and beds. Fillers: Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bison and a color-me page on the back inside cover.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Classics Illustrated Junior (first published 1837)
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Althea Ann
*ROBERT SOUTHEY, 'The Story of the Three Bears'

This morning, thinking about this story, I asked the most convenient person in my home: "What happened to Goldilocks?" The answer, "Uh, she got eaten by bears?" So I thought, as well!

Southey's version of this nursery tale was published in 1837 (the first written version of the story; whether the idea originated with Southey is debated.) There's no adorable blond child here at all. The home invader who samples porridge and sits in chairs is, instead,
John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite stories growing up. There's very little if any moral, but it's so much fun to hear the story when you are a little kid.
Sadie Vore
Nov 13, 2016 Sadie Vore rated it really liked it
Goldilocks and the three bears is a classic traditional literature book. It is also one of my favorites. I was a curious little girl and so is Goldilocks. I would read this to all grades up to third grade. There are no content concerns. You can learn social skills from this tale. This is a story that has been passed down in many different forms. I would suggest reading this to your students and children to pass on this tale to new generations.
Lorraine Carey
Feb 05, 2014 Lorraine Carey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted and enchanted to read the different versions of the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Special Edition Novel of Goldilocks. What a treat it was as discovering these older and original versions. I can only think of what a Treasure Trove this is for an elementary teacher as so many learning extensions can be drawn from this novel, not to mention the poetry! An added bonus is the wonderful image gallery of some of the old time classic drawings.
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Sarah Cradit
Jan 29, 2014 Sarah Cradit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the other collections I've read from this group of stories (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast), the best part about cracking this open is discovering new things about the background and lore of stories you hold dear. There are only six stories in this one, and most are close in variation, but I was especially surprised at the one involving the fox. Again, such a fun and simple collection to have at your fingertips, whether you've a lover of fairytales, a researcher, or a writer. Looking ...more
Ashley Lahr
This book was like many of the tales of Goldilocks that I have read/heard. Goldilocks gets sidetracked and finds herself at the Bears home. Once she gets inside she decides to try their porridge, chairs, beds, etc out. She then finds one that is just right! Then the Bears come home and are distressed to see that someone has been there. Come to find her sleeping in their bed.
Apr 15, 2015 Teagan rated it liked it
This book is basically the same as the modern version, besides Goldilocks is an old woman instead. In the end, the old woman jumps out the window, and they don't know what her fate was. This is a childhood favorite.
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This was an okay book. It was a little strange to me how it ended. It was like one second she was eating their food and the next she was just gone.
Brianna Patton
The book we all were read while growing up in the class room, this story is a classic but the illustrator puts this specific book over the edge! A definite read for a classroom of elemetary students
Jasmin Cruz
this book was alright. I think that this book will help out children notice the difference in sizes.
Sep 30, 2014 Bella rated it liked it
Oldie but a goodie! Robert Southeys books, unbeknown to me, have followed me through almost every stage of my life.
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Robert Southey was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called "Lake Poets", and Poet Laureate. Although his fame tends to be eclipsed by that of his contemporaries and friends William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Southey's verse enjoys enduring popularity. Moreover, he was a prolific letter writer, literary scholar, historian and biographer. His biographies include the ...more
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“In a far-off country there was once a little girl who was called Silver-hair, because her curly hair shone brightly. She was a sad romp, and so restless that she could not be kept quiet at home, but must needs run out and away, without leave. One day she started off into a wood to gather wild flowers, and into the fields to chase butterflies. She ran here and she ran there, and went so far, at last, that she found herself in a lonely place, where she saw a snug little house, in which three bears lived; but they were not then at home. The door was ajar, and Silver-hair pushed it open and found the place to be quite empty, so she made up her mind to go in boldly, and look all about the place, little thinking what sort of people lived there. Now the three bears had gone out to walk a little before this. They were the Big Bear, and the Middle-sized Bear, and the Little Bear; but they had left their porridge on the table to cool. So when Silver-hair came into the kitchen, she saw the three bowls of porridge. She tasted the largest bowl, which belonged to the Big Bear, and found it too cold; then she tasted the middle-sized bowl, which belonged to the Middle-sized Bear, and found it too hot; then she tasted the smallest bowl, which belonged to the Little Bear, and it was just right, and she ate it all. She went into the parlour, and there were three chairs. She tried the biggest chair, which belonged to the Big Bear, and found it too high; then she tried the middle-sized chair, which belonged to the Middle-sized Bear, and she found it too broad; then she tried the little chair, which belonged to the Little Bear, and found it just right, but she sat in it so hard that she broke it. Now Silver-hair was by this time very tired, and she went upstairs to the chamber, and there she found three beds. She tried the largest bed, which belonged to the Big Bear, and found it too soft; then she tried the middle-sized bed, which belonged to the Middle-sized Bear, and she found it too hard; then she tried the smallest bed, which belonged to the Little Bear, and found it just right, so she lay down upon it, and fell fast asleep. While Silver-hair was lying fast asleep, the three bears came home from their walk. They came into the kitchen, to get their porridge, but when the Big Bear went to his, he growled out: “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN TASTING MY PORRIDGE!” and the Middle-sized Bear looked into his bowl, and said: “Somebody Has Been Tasting My Porridge!” and the Little Bear piped: “Somebody has tasted my porridge and eaten it all up!” Then they went into the parlour, and the Big Bear growled: “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR!” and the Middle-sized Bear said: “Somebody Has Been Sitting In My Chair!” and the Little Bear piped: “Somebody has been sitting in my chair, and has broken it all to pieces!” So they went upstairs into the chamber, and the Big Bear growled: “SOMEBODY HAS BEEN TUMBLING MY BED!” and the Middle-sized Bear said: “Somebody Has Been Tumbling My Bed!” and the little Bear piped: “Somebody has been tumbling my bed, and here she is!” At that, Silver-hair woke in a fright, and jumped out of the window and ran away as fast as her legs could carry her, and never went near the Three Bears’ snug little house again.” 1 likes
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