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Leola and the Honeybears (hc)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  15 reviews

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Cartwheel
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This retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" does a lot of things right. The main character Leola, an African American girl raised by her grandmother, goes against her grandmother's words and walks out of sight and into the woods. She goes through the normal plot of the original story, except there is a constant reminder for the reader of her grandmother's words. She finds out in the end that she should have listened to her grandmother all along. This story has an accurate representation o ...more
I dunno. It was charming enough - but the diversion about the bears having a inn was, imo, distracting. As was calling them honeybears and giving them three different colors. And I didn't particularly like the ending - the child should have been 'scared straight' so to speak. In my opinion.
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
"Leola and the Honeybears" was a great book based on the traditional story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". The book tells the story about a little girl named Leola and her grandmamma who are both African American. Leola’s grandmamma told her not to run away too far and do things that she knows she is not supposed to do. Leola, however, did not want to listen to her grandmamma because she just wanted to go run and play. Soon enough, Leola realized she had run too far and didn’t know her way ...more
Sean Barnes
old story different perspective, great book!
Leola doesn't listen or pay attention to her grandmother when she warns her about wandering off. Leola finds herself lost in the woods and then runs into Ol Mister Weasel. She runs off and ends up in the three bears' home. This story is an adaptation of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This story would be great for discussing cause and effect? Why did Leola go off in the woods and what happened? Students can also sequence the events in the story and learn why it's important to listen to our e ...more
I absolutely love this book. It is a spin from the traditional goldilocks and the three bears. I think that this book does an amazing job in capturing the african american experience within this book with relatable references ie. the name Leola, african american vernacular used in the story. I think that this story would be great in the classroom to relate to students that do speak the vernacular.
Fairly good re-telling of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' This southern retelling of the classic fairytale is elegantly illustrated with oil paintings that draw you into Leola’s adventure. It provides an excellent opportunity to discuss cultural differences with children and is a must read for anyone looking for good children’s picture books.

Recommended for Pre-K to 2nd grade
the boys liked the story. I didn't tell them it was a Goldilocks parallel. They became very excited shortly into it when they saw the parallels.

The ending was better than the original Goldilocks (for moral-of-the-story purposes), with the main character needing to face up to the consequences of her poor choices.
A sweet little story about the story of the godilocks and the three little bears retold as an african american folktale. This story follows very close to the traditional story but with bits of flavor and familiar sayings. The illustrations are great. In the end the main character makes friends with the bears.
Nicole Holden
This is a very cute version of the original story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This book would be great for discussing cause and effect and predicting what will happen next. Students can also sequence the events that happen in this popular fairy tale story.

This adaptation of Goldilocks emphasizes the dangers of willfulness and disobedience in children. Some added pictorial details, like the Three Bears keeping an inn, are charming but add little to the basic story.
I love this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears - and the bear family is a "mixed" family - Papa bear is black, Mama bear is white, and baby bear is tan. . . Beautiful illustrations!
Sickeningly sweet version of Red Riding Hood. I gave it four stars because of the awesome illustrations.

themes: African-Americans, bears, bratty kids, folktales
Rima Halig
An African American Retelling of Goldilocks and the three Bears. Beautiful illustrations.
Joya Threalkill
Loved this book! The twist of this classic tale was amazing and so relatable!
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