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Leola and the Honeybears (hc)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Cartwheel
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Leola is a bit stubborn which leads to her getting lost in the woods. She stumbles upon a cabin and goes inside. Her grandmother has taught her not to enter homes without the owner's permission, nor to eat their food or sit in their chairs. But she figures just this once won't hurt...she is lost and hungry and tired.

When the honeybears return, they are startled to find the mess Leola has made. And even more startled to find Leola asleep upstairs. But I love the compassion that the Mama Honeybear
Amanda Wooden
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this African-American take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I found this one much more interesting to read as well as more entertaining. I like that this gives children a take on a culture different from their own.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
"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
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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 29, 2015 added it
This book is a retell of "Goldilock and the Three bears". But its not all the same from the story of "Goldilock and the Three Bears". Its a girl that have a grandma and she don't listen to her grandma. So, she run far away by following the dandelion. She sees the hungry Mr.wolf. she run as fast as she can. But, at the end Leola Didn't scare away by the three angry bears.And goldilock did. Thats way some of the parts aren't the same. You should read it.
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
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: multicultural
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.
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.
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