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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,103 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Jan Brett's richly illustrated take on a classic tale—it'sjust right!

Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett's lavish illustrations for this classic tale, full of details and surprises, gives this edition a special flair. Children will marvel at the enchanted world crea
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 7th 1996 by Puffin Books (first published October 30th 1987)
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Melanie Soble
Nov 26, 2011 Melanie Soble rated it really liked it
1. This book would fall under the category of a picture book, traditional.
2. The three bears leave their forest cottage to take a walk in the woods. While they are gone, a mischievous girl enters their home to cause chaos.
3. critique
a. The strongest part of this book is its rich, detailed illustrations.
b. Jan Brett, the author and illustrator, did an amazing job with the pictures in this book. Each page has amazing details that give the reader time to connect with the listener as they explor
Liz Stoneking
Aug 07, 2014 Liz Stoneking rated it it was amazing
If I were famous, or powerful, or just obscenely wealthy, I'd pay Jan Brett to decorate my house. And I'd buy her a museum to put all her pieces in and go there every day and sigh wistfully at her work.
This book, like all of her books, is well told and stunningly illustrated. I love love love love Jan Brett.
Jan 11, 2015 Theresa rated it liked it
goldlocks and the three bears by Jan brett is retelling of the original tale with simple pictures. found in a kindergarten classroom
Madie Marie
Mar 31, 2016 Madie Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
Traditional book number 4- In this book there is a huge bear, a medium bear, and a tiny wee bear. They leave their house on a walk one morning and a girl named Goldilocks comes across their house. She sees they have porridge on their table and begins to investigate. She tries the first porridge which is the big bears and it is too hot. Next she tries the medium bears and it is too cold. Next she tries the baby bears and it is just right. Next she looks for a place to sit. She tries the big bears ...more
Olubukola Apoeso
Mar 28, 2015 Olubukola Apoeso rated it liked it
The story Goldilocks and the Three Bears is about a family of bears who are gone one day from their home and when they come home they find Goldilocks in their home. She had ate their food, sat in their chair, and was sleeping in their beds. The story teaches a great lesson to children to learn to respect others, their properties and space. It also teaches them to value and respect themselves. At the end of the book Goldilocks runs scared from the house while the 3 bears remain happy in their fam ...more
Ryan Bachmeier
Book Title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Reading Level: 4.6
Guided: S
Book Summary: In this book, a girl named Goldilocks, makes herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. She sits in all of their chairs, tastes all of their porridge, and then lays in all of their beds. She finds the little baby bears the most suitable for her in all three cases.

Bookshelf Genre: Traditional Literature

Characteristics that support the genre:
A traditional story from the past.

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Geneva Roberts
Mar 30, 2014 Geneva Roberts rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
This version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears illustrations are beautifully done. They are very detailed and I believe would really captivate children's attention. Goldilocks tells the story of a young girl who is playing in the woods and stumbles upon a cottage and her curiosity gets the best of her and she breaks into their home and sleeps in the beds of the bears who live there going from bed to bed until she finds one that is just right. She also helps herself to their food. When she awakes ...more
Brittni Hover
This book is a traditional book that nearly everybody has read. Goldilocks goes into the three little bears home, and treats it as if it were her own when the bears left. She tried all the different porridge, sat in all the chairs, and tried out all the beds. The three bears came home to find that someone had been in their house. Goldilocks was startled by the bears and left quickly. She was never seen again by anybody. This book can be included in the traditional and the picture book category. ...more
Alyssa Williams
Apr 30, 2015 Alyssa Williams rated it it was amazing
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears", written by Jan Brett, is a picture book folktale that is about a little girl that comes across a house in the woods. The little girl approaches the house and the three bears are not there. She comes across three bowls of porridge. The first two were too hot and too cold. The third one was just right. Next, she find three chairs. The first two were too hard and soft and the third one were just right. Next, she sees the same situation with three beds. She falls as ...more
Alesha Palmer
Mar 29, 2015 Alesha Palmer rated it it was amazing
Goldilocks and the three bears
This is a timeless story that will never get boring. Although the story is not unique, the illustration and text are. Its starts off by explaining that three bears live in a cabin. The bears leave with porage on the table. Goldilocks goes into the bear’s house and finds three bowls of porage on the table. She takes it apron herself to eat the not too cold not to hot bowl. When she was done she, found the not too soft, not too hard chair and broke it. She walked up t
Rebecca Grace
Jan 29, 2008 Rebecca Grace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is the best edition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears that I've ever seen. Jan Brett's illustrations are so beautifully detailed, breathing new life into this classic fairy tale and delighting a whole new generation of little ones.
Cassie Paries
Jan 12, 2015 Cassie Paries rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this version of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I loved the illustrations in this story. They were detailed and used beautiful colors. I also liked this version because it teaches that children should not go into homes uninvited. It also is a great lesson about respecting others and their things. I like how the illustrations depicted the 3 bears reactions to the way Goldilocks used their things and disrespected their space. At the end of the book Goldilocks runs scared from the house while ...more
This is a beautifully illustration version of a great classic. Is ther such a thing as a bad Jan Brett illustration?
Lauryn Carroll
Sep 18, 2014 Lauryn Carroll rated it really liked it
This book has unique and beautiful illustrations. I also liked the way the classic fairy tale story is told in this book. It has a lot of repetition which is great for students learning to read. I think it is very well written and clear. Children will read this and remember the story-line well. It is a good refresher for people who have not read or heard this story in a long time. I remember reading a different version of this story when I was younger, and it must have been slightly different th ...more
Laura Verret
Nov 05, 2014 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
“Once upon a time there were three bears.”

Thus begins a story that has become more than timeless in its appeal and fascination for young children. It is a simple story – one which relies upon the repetition of certain adjectives and behaviors to charm its audience. And one which has been entirely successful in doing so.

In this edition, the story is ‘retold and illustrated’ by Jan Brett – and I must say, she does a fine job with her illustrations. The three bears and Goldilocks are all clothed in
Jan 27, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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Tanya Bornstein
This book is a classic but I've never seen the pictures done this way; they are so detailed. You could spend a good 5 minutes pointing out animals and bugs within the border of the pages. This is a great version of Goldilocks and the three bears to share with your child.

L.E: This is a great book to place in the block area as well as the dramatic play area. The children can use blocks to build their very own house in the woods. The children in the dramatic play area can be making up their own ba
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goldilocks - A Review of the Jan Brett Version, May 24, 2005

As with all of Ms. Brett's books, the illustrations are sumptuous and wonderfully detailed. I agree however with 2 previous reviewers that there are some illustrations missing and that the wording is cumbersome to read outloud.

By missing illustrations, we mean that not every picture of the trilogy of bowls, chairs, and beds (big, medium, little) is shown and I think this makes it difficult for small chi
Lisa Carroll
Feb 18, 2011 Lisa Carroll rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read a book by Jan Brett where the story falls flat and doesn't impress me. I can not say enough good things about Brett or her version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This story is a timeless folk story that will never lose it's allure. Jan Brett retold the story without adding too much information and she was clever to describe the bears by their sizes instead of by the names, Papa, Mama, and baby bear. The rest of her storytelling lies in her vivid and detailed artwork. It ta ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Jun 03, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
This is the classic story of Goldilocks, adapted from Andrew Lang's Green Fairy Book and lavishly illustrated in Jan Brett's wonderful style. It is told in the traditional way, with its repetitive scenes, different voices, and climactic ending. Goldilocks unashamedly trespasses in the three bears' home, damages and steals their property, and deserves the fearful ending (and perhaps a worse punishment). Parents will have to supply their own moral evaluation, however, because the author's emphasis ...more
Monchel Jones
Mar 21, 2012 Monchel Jones rated it it was amazing
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is one of my all time favorite folklore story books. This folklore is about a trespassing little girl, who barges into the bears' house uninvited and not only snoops around, but eats the bears' food! The wonder if she'll get caught or not adds on to the thrill. The age group for this wonderful folklore would be ages 3-5. Honestly, the illustrations were great but there were some illustrations that were missing. For example, there is an illustration of Goldilocks ...more
Jen Goeden
Mar 16, 2010 Jen Goeden rated it it was amazing
The story Goldilocks and the Three Bears is about a family of bears who are gone one day from their home and when they come home they find Goldilocks in their home. She had ate their food, sat in their chair, and was sleeping in their beds.

I love the pictures in this book because there are so many details. The outfits on the bears have so much to them. There is a board around all most every page that has great details. I also love reading this story out loud because you can do great voice for e
Noreen Butt
Aug 28, 2012 Noreen Butt rated it liked it
Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The genre of the story is a fairy tale and is retold by Jan Brett. It has good illustrations, although I think you can get better versions of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The three bears decide to go out for a walk in the woods while their porridge cools down. While they are out, Goldilocks trespasses into the house with no invitation, whatsoever. She helps herself to everything in the house. Firstly, she tries everybody’s porridge and finds little bear's porridg
Comfort Olajide
I read this book it is about a little girl named Goldilocks and the Bears family,Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear. They were a happy family except the baby bear don't have no one to play with. One morning mama bear made some porridge and serve the porridge on the table with a big bowl for papa bear and medium for her and small bowl for the baby bear and while the porridge was cooling down Papa bear said they should go out for a walk. At the same time somebody else was out that morning it was G ...more
Shelby Holloway
In the beginning of this story, a family of bears is sitting down to eat their porridge. They decide to go on a walk because the porridge is too hot for the little bear. Meanwhile, a girl named Goldilocks is wandering in the forest and discovers the cottage of the three bears. She takes a peak in the window and decides it’s safe to go inside. She automatically smells the delicious breakfast sitting on the table, she decides to try it. The first bowl is too hot, the second bowl is too cold but t ...more
Moses Parker
Feb 29, 2012 Moses Parker rated it really liked it
This Golddilocks and The Three Bears is retold and illustrated by Jan Brett. It seems like this story is set in a German forrest because of what the house looks like and the bears are wearing german style clothes. The illustrations are colorfuls and give the story an old world charm. Each page of the story is filled with the illustrations and the words of the story just secondary to the images. The illustrations really stand out in this book and can tell the story really without the words. The d ...more
Mika Perez
Sep 09, 2014 Mika Perez rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-liy
Although I enjoyed this tale, it was a tad too traditional for me. I know the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I wanted something a tad more new, and the illustrations initially gave me that impression but the content did not follow through. The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous to look at, and I can just imagine a little kid pouring over the drawings for quite some time finding all the little details, though.
Morgan Stout
Sep 21, 2014 Morgan Stout rated it really liked it
Another classic story. I read a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the classroom that was suite unusual. This version is close to the original and still gives a good lesson about respecting other people's things. Not to mention this book has absolutely wonderful illustrations. I think children would really enjoy looking at them.
Kelli Novak
Sep 24, 2016 Kelli Novak rated it it was amazing
ISBN# 9780698113589

Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett's lavish illustrations for this classic tale, full of details and surprises, gives this edition a special flair. Children will marvel at the enchanted world created herein.
Alicia Lawrence
Apr 19, 2016 Alicia Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Goldilocks finds a cottage and goes in. She eats the 3 bears food, sits in the chairs and falls asleep in the baby bear's bed. When the bears come into their house, they notice somebody has been there and eventually find Goldilocks sleeping the bed. Goldilocks open her eyes and sees the bears, gets scared and runs away.
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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