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Dusty Locks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell
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Mar 11, 2009

it was amazing
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Author: Susan Lowell

Illustrator: Randy Cecil

Genre: fragmented fairy tale

Publication Info: Owlet Paperbacks (2004)

Reading Level: Ages 4-8; transitional

Topic/Theme: greed, manners

Issues Addressed: the idea of cleanliness is addressed, this fairy tale stresses the tidiness of the three bears and how dirty Dusty Locks wrecks and dirties their home; this book also addresses how greed can get one into trouble

Classroom Uses: independent reading, read aloud, I would use this book in a fragmented fairy tale lesson as well

Summary: This is based on the Goldilocks fairy tale. This version takes place in the wild, wild west, and Goldilocks has been replaced by Dusty Locks, a dirty run away girl who is looking for food and shelter until she is awakened by the bears and hightails it home only to be bathed by her worried mother and dressed properly. The porridge in the original tale is replaced by beans and the bears are now neat and tidy and become flabbergasted when they find their immaculate house in dusty ruins.

Text and image: Lowell does a great job with the text in this book. She uses western slang to enhance her story. The colorful illustrations really add to the events occurring in the story. They always show the dustiness of Dusty Locks and how she changes her ways to being clean by the end of the book.

Literary Devices: dialect (western slang is used)
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