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Rubia and the Three Osos

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The Oso family is going out for a stroll, and Rubia has her eye on their empty casita. A nice bowl of sopa, a comfortable chair, a perfecta little bed Who wouldn't want to open la puerta and come in?
This is the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, retold in a musical combination of English and Spanish, illustrated with great humor and heart by a Caldecott Honor-winnin
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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A nice retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears--combining Spanish and English words. The revised ending has a good message about making up for your mistakes and the bears and Goldilocks are all likable characters.
A sweet and silly bilingual retelling.
Dec 02, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
Decent bilingual retelling.
Breanna Shofner
Rubia and the Three Osos is a new rendition on the old classic. This book is based on the popular children's story of Goldilocks. However, this edition incorporates a Spanish flare throughout. Will Rubia always be scared of the Osos, or will she find amigos in them?

This would be a wonderful book to help introduce Spanish. Students would be able to guess what the words mean based on their context. There is also a glossary in the back of the book that is a great tool for students to be more unders
Oct 13, 2016 Kristi added it
Shelves: picture-book
The book is a new twist of "Goldie Locks and the Three Bears". However, the book includes Spanish vocab and creates a new twist on the classic story.
I would teach this lesson with culture diversity and vocab with teaching Spanish.
Courtney Stempinski
Oct 02, 2016 Courtney Stempinski rated it it was amazing
This book tells the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the three bears, however incorporates Spanish into many of the vocabulary words. There is also a twist at the end, Goldilocks returns in the end to fix her wrongdoings. They also have a glossary for all Spanish vocabulary at the end.

I love this version of Goldilocks because it can be the perfect book for K-1st students that have introductory Spanish classes. The words that are in Spanish are mostly basic vocabulary so it is perfect practice
Macy Capen
Rubia and the Three Osos is the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears but with two crazy twists! The first twist is that this is a bilingual book! At least one word every sentence is in Spanish instead of English! To highlight the difference, the word in Spanish is written in a different color and a bigger font. At the end of the book, there is a glossary providing a pronunciation guide and definitions. The second twist is the ending! While the traditional Goldilocks and the Three ...more
Kristen Carson
Dec 09, 2014 Kristen Carson rated it really liked it
Book Information:
The genre of this book is fairytale. The reading level is first, second, and third grade.
Just like the three little pigs, this book is similar to the well-known story of Goldie Locks and Three Bears. It tells the story of a little girl named Rubia that cannot find a chair that fits, a bed that is comfy, and soup that is the right temperature. The bears come home and they are shocked to see Rubia sleeping in their home. This book is geared towards second graders and can a
Maggie Burgess
Apr 08, 2016 Maggie Burgess rated it it was amazing
I just read this one to a kindergarten class today, and was SO impressed with their ability to figure out the meaning of the Spanish words! I'd write them down in front of them, and after reading each page, we'd (really, they would!) figure out what the Spanish words on that page means. Sometimes, they used the pictures, sometimes they used prior knowledge of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears stories they'd heard before... But they got nearly all of them without me scaffolding much! They also ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Lara rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this version of the classic tale, complete with a wonderful new ending. The illustrations were great and the storytelling/rhyming was fun. If this book was written for an older audience I wouldn't be so picky about the things I don't like.
I didn't like that Mama wants to go for a walk so she'll be thinner. Why not walk for good health for everyone? Why push the female weight-loss trap onto young children? Papa rolls his eyes to the idea of taking a walk. Great example, Papa!
Stephanie Herman
May 15, 2016 Stephanie Herman rated it it was amazing
"Rubia felt love from the family Oso, and having their friendship was great- FABULOSO!" - Susan Elya

Of all the fractured fairy tales I've read, Rubia and the Three Osos is definitely one of my favorites. Susan Elya puts a new spin on an old classic...Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Elya uses a mixture of Spanish and English to tell her version of the story. The story's humor and smooth rhythm helps readers easily learn new vocabulary terms. This picture book is intended for readers ages 3-7 and
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I have mixed feelings about this book. First let me say, I actually like this version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The twist at the end is wonderful. The illustrations are fun. As a book/story, I would be happy with it. However, as an educator with an immersion Spanish program at my school, I have some issues with the way the Spanish is included. We spend lots of time and energy in building up a strong language base and fighting against Spanglish. To have a story that randomly throws in ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, 11-texas2x2
Did not recognize the author's name at first ... til I saw the picture of her book with the seal on the cover.

The rhymes are funny. And she does a great job of mixing both Spanish and English.

I like how in her version Goldilocks tries to come back and make things right. Truly haven't seen that before.

The one thing I don't like ... is that some libraries may think buying this book will constitute filling the needs of their Spanish speaking patrons. It's a cute story ... but it really isn't cultur
Jenny Young
Jul 07, 2011 Jenny Young rated it really liked it
Grades K-3

classic fairy tale; bilingual-Spanish


Illustrations look like they were created watercolors and mixed media.

Personal response:
I really enjoyed this book and loved all of the bilingual Spanish terms throughout the whole book. It takes a classic fairy tale about Rubia (aka Goldilocks) and the three Osos (bears). I loved the ending because Rubia doesn't just run off leaving the Osos with all of the damage and loss, but instead she tries to
This was a cute new English/Spanish rendition of the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Written in rhyme, there is a smattering of Spanish words throughout the story that are highlighted and bolded. Unique about Spanish words is that the English meaning isn't accompanied with the Spanish word which I thought was a fresh change up. There is, however, a glossary included at the back. The rhyming was consistent throughout the story which made it a smooth, lyrical read. The story is the ...more
Sarah Nolet
Nov 25, 2012 Sarah Nolet rated it it was amazing
I love how this book incorporates English and Spanish, but it is not too confusing. I did not know if I would be able to read it at first. But because I was familiar with the storyline, I could pick up on all of the Spanish words and was able to enjoy the story. I think that children would also be able to pick up on the wording. The illustrations also make the text easier to understand because the pictures make it clear what is happening. At the end of the book, there is a glossary that tells ...more
Rachel Anne  Boody
Jan 14, 2015 Rachel Anne Boody rated it liked it
Shelves: 04-retold-fairy
I absolutely LOVED this take-off of the three little bears. I thought using spanglish to re-tell the classic fairy tale was so clever. As a spanish speaker, I'm always looking for creative and fun ways to incorporate both languages in order to teach children spanish. It was written and illustrated in a very colorful and fun way, so that the children can understand the story even if they are unfamiliar with many of the words. I also really appreciated the glossary at the back, so that after ...more
Corey Lynch
This story was about three bears and a girl named Rubia. A different take on the classic story of Goldilocks and the three bears this book included an extra part where Rubia made up for her trespasses against the bears. The story included many Spanish words as well as being written entirely in verse with each line rhyming with the last. The book would make an excellent choice to teach students about a different language as well as diversity. The book also teaches making up for a mistake and the ...more
I was so happy to find a book with both words in English and Spanish.

I really liked the illustrations, but was less fond of the retelling.

The book also included some vocabulary that probably wouldn't be understood by either English or Spanish speaking children.

Examples: "the chairs derriered'd," "so daintily frocked" and "the perp."

As a French major, I know the word derriere. I really don't know - is it a word that most adults know? It was my first time to see it used as a verb and it didn't mak
Theresa Bartholomew
Jun 17, 2011 Theresa Bartholomew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Rubia and the Three Osos – a story of a chica with golden locks who enters the home of three osos and makes them show their latin temper.

This book mixes Spanish in with the English by changing the font color and size of the word, then providing a glossary and pronunciation guide at the end of the book for reference. The story is the traditional story, but a few cute touches are added, such as the bear saying, “Our house es tu casa.”

The illustrations dominate the page and three lines of text or l
Apr 26, 2013 Annie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preschool-second grade
This book is on the way to my house! I loved it enough to order it right away. The illustrations by Melissia Sweet are carefree and fun, almost making you smile. The book intertwines English and Spanish text, so this is excellent for sharing and encouraging diversity in the classrooms. The majority of the text is in English, but there are "common words" in Spanish. I think the class would even enjoy making inferences as to what the words may mean or translate to. Since this is a remake of the ...more
This is another cute story that fits into the fantasy/fairy tale theme unit. It is based off of the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears while also including Spanish terminology in place of some English words. If I have a Spanish ESL student, they could read this book with a student who does not know Spanish to increase his confidence in reading and for the other student to learn new words. This version also has a different ending that models how to offer forgiveness for being ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Marcie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Marcie by: Abby Johnson
I seem to like all of Susan Middleton Elya, but especially love this one with the Melissa Sweet illustrations. The blending of Spanish and English is great and the inclusion of the glossary, with pronunciations, makes it a possible read aloud even by those who know no Spanish. The added ending was nice and not too didactic for me. The author is from Danville, CA making it a 2013 CCBA possible. Read it to some kids and see if they like it as much as I did.
Apr 08, 2014 Arissa rated it really liked it
A cute twist to the retold story of Goldilocks and the three bears, the only difference was she came back to apologize to the family and they became good friends. This story has a different spin on it with words that are in Spanish, creating a cultural connection to Spanish speakers. I would use this story to introduce Spanish words to my class and build connections with my Spanish speakers in the classroom, using this book would help to create community within the class.
A rhyming retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears interspersed with Spanish words. The Spanish words are embedded within the text making it easy for non-Spanish speakers to understand the text. Sweet's bright and bold mixed-media illustrations capture the fiesta spirit of the Southwestern landscape. The satisfying conclusion veers charmingly from the traditional version empowering both Little Rubia and the bears. I especially appreciate the “our house es tu casa” ending.
Melanie Fernandez
Feb 04, 2013 Melanie Fernandez rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable version of the classic tale Goldilocks and the Three bears, however, different and heartwarming ending has been created. The illustrations were great and the storytelling/rhyming was fun. I liked how various Spanish words were incorporated into the text. This book would be appropriate for ages 3-7 as a read aloud book and also includes a glossary of the pronunciation and definitions of the Spanish words used.
Aug 16, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: pb, interlingual
I'm on the fence about this book. On one hand it's a nice introduction to the vocabulary, and there is a nice twist ending with cute pictures, but on the other hand there are elements that would confuse the target audience, for example their "chairs were derriere'd" This is just for the sake of rhyming the words. After reading quite a few kids books that are bilingual, I think I prefer those that have Spanish and English equally presented.
Jan 23, 2012 S.j.reads rated it really liked it
This is an adorable rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I really liked how the girl tried to make up for her mistakes. Just lovely. And I really enjoy reading books which contain foreign language vocabulary. It's even better when the book gives you the proper pronunciation for the foreign words and the actual translation, which this book does at the end. Gracias!
Whitney Summers
Jan 14, 2015 Whitney Summers rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a great little Spanglish book. Being a student working towards becoming an English and Spanish teacher this book really stuck a chord with me. It didn't stray far from the original story but it did play with the language. This could easily be used in any level classroom where you can teach about word choice and language and how important both are to the storyline.
Keia Arnold
Jan 13, 2012 Keia Arnold rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I liked the new Spanish twist on an old story. I also liked that the author changed the ending. Goldilocks and the Three Bears always seemed like a story about a selfish girl who stole from others. In this version, Rubia realized that what she did was wrong and apologized and tried to make up for it.
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