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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Gennady Spirin has taken a favorite childhood tale and imbued it with charm, dressing his bears in Renaissance costumes and providing whimsical and charming furniture designed for their country dwelling. Each spread—painted in watercolor, pen, and ink—brings renewed life to this endearing children’s classic in a way that only a master illustrator can. No wonder Goldilocks ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Two Lions
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Romanaus Elangwe
Goldilocks, a little girl walking in the woods found a house and was curious to know those who lived in it. She peeked in the window and found that there was porridge on the table and it smelled good. The porridge according to the story was left behind by a family of three bears - the Papa Bear, the Mama Bear and the Little Bear. Hungry as she was, she got into the house and settled to eat the porridge which she found lined up in three bowls. First she tasted the one in the big bowl and found it ...more
Exceptional. Very few Spirin books are anything short of exceptional. The story line is more traditional and the illustration is exquisite. My favorite part of the book, however, is the historical information at the very end and the biographical information about Spirin. This is a book for every children's library.
A simple version of the traditional fairy tale, Goldilocks and the three bears. Goldilocks is kind of creepy looking, but overall the illustrations are in keeping with Spirin's detailed folk art style. I also never imagined the bears to live in such a huge home! A note at the end of the story explains the origins of the Three Bears stories, originally starring an old woman as the intruder, at one point a fox, and then at the turn of the 20th century a light haired girl. Buy this one for the home ...more
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Gennady Spirin takes the tale of Goldilocks and transports it to a Renaissance setting with appropriate costumes and furniture.

This is a simplified retelling of the tale, with more emphasis on the art and less on the moral of the story. Young Goldilocks enters the house via a window. She is discovered by the bears and flees. The final sentence reads: "And that's the end of the story!"

I appreciate the mastery of the art, done in watercolor and colored pencil. The
The illustrations in this book are exactly the kind of fairy tale world that I want to introduce my children's imagination to. I'm not familiar with Gennady Spirin, but after experiencing this story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears I definitely want to look at his backlist and future titles to come. Both the face of the little Goldilocks girl and the bears is very lifelike. It is as if real bears are wearing medieval clothing and sitting in chairs! It's enchanting and I wish there were a huge s ...more
This is the traditional fairy-tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks finds her way to the three bears beautiful home where she finds that no one is home. She invites herself in and makes herself at home. When the three bears return home after a walk, waiting for their porridge to cool, they find that someone has been in the house. Some one had eaten their porridge, someone has been sitting on their chairs, and they soon discover that she is still in the house. It ends just as all oth ...more
New experience! Almost everyone has heard the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, yet in reading I had a new experience with some particularly standard American literature characters. I enjoyed Spirin’s spin of the setting from its typical magic forest location into a Renaissance era. As I read the story I thought to myself, no wonder Goldilocks wanted to steal some porridge look at the size of their house!
There is a large amount of white space separating the text and the illustrations.
Gitty Mandel
I really liked the pictures, they look really hard to make; the bears and Goldilocks look real.
Wonderful illustrations!
This was simply a retelling of the original fairy tale in the simplest of terms. The artwork was the real focus here. The detail in each page is basically unparalleled in almost any other children's book. It's almost like every page is a portrait deserving of a wall somewhere in a museum. Children might like staring at the detail I suppose. That's not my thing though. It was a fine book. Anyone in the market for a newer retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears ought to give it a try.
Maybe it's just me, but the realistic claws and teeth on the bears was too much. Goldilocks's, too-human face was also disturbing. I did like the costumes and the flourishes around the text. I like the note about the story explaining the history of this very popular tale.
Simple retelling of the traditional Goldilocks tale, with finely detailed illustrations. Nothing new or spectacular, but pretty to look at.
Michael Fitzgerald
Unimpressive storytelling.
gorgeous illustrations!
Gorgeous pictures.
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Alternate spelling: Grennadij Spirin.

Illustrator of more than 40 children's books, Gennady Spirin has been the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
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