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Goldilocks and the three bears
Brett, Jan, 1949-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1990]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Lost in the woods, a tired and hungry girl finds the house of the three bears where she helps herself to food and goes to sleep.
General Note:
"Originally published in 1987 by Dodd, Mead & Company"--T. p. verso
Reading Level:
AD 880 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 39897.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.6 2 Quiz: 18981 Guided reading level: M.


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Material Type
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PZ8.1.B755 GO 1987 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.1.B755 GO 1987 Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.1.B755 GO 1987 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.1.B755 GO 1987 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.1.B755 GO 1987 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Jan Brett's richly illustrated take on a classic tale--it's just 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 created herein.

Author Notes

Bestselling children's book author and illustrator Jan Brett was born on December 1, 1949. She decided to be an illustrator when she was a child and is known for her detailed and carefully-researched work.

Brett grew up in New England and attended the Boston Museum School. Her books have received much acclaim by publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker, Parents magazine, Redbook, and Publishers Weekly. In 2005 Brett earned the Boston Public Library's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book Three Little Dassies was published in 2010 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Other of her works that have made the New York Times best seller list are: Home for Christmas 2011, Mossy 2012, Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella., 2014 The Animal's Santa.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. In this lavish re-creation of an old favorite, Brett uses unusual design techniques and meticulous patterning to bring the tale wonderously alive. The oversize pages burst with forest life as mice play in the corners of the pages, bees and butterflies flit through the bears' house, and the baby bear hunts for mushrooms under logs. While Brett tells her story on elaborate double-page spreads, she uses the borders, as she did in her Twelve Days of Christmas (Booklist 83:275 O 1 86), to view the action outside the main events. For instance, as the three bears are leaving for their walk, the border shows Goldilocks wandering through the forest. The paintings are marked by unusual clarity and brightness but also by humor, and the reproduction is so incredibly sharp that the bears and Goldilocks (dressed fetchingly in Scandinavian-style costumes) seemingly jump out at readers. From the smallest carved acorn on a bedpost to the enticing floral endpapers, this is a delight. IC. 398.2'1 Folklore / Bears Folklore [CIP] 87-565

Publisher's Weekly Review

Brett's beautifully executed retelling of this classic story is distinguished by the use of luxuriant color and a wealth of visual detail. Her bears are attired in festive Bavarian garb; they live in a magnificent thatched rock-and-wood structure that leans against a tree; and their household furnishings are lavish and intricatea candle-holder in the likeness of an owl, an acorn-patterned rug, several carved wooden bears adorning the head- and footboards of Papa Bear's bed. The one overly precious touch is the continued reference to the baby bear as a ``a little, small, wee bear.'' The rest of this is sumptuous and endlessly engrossing; with such a display before them, readers will hardly blame Goldilocks for her lack of restraint. Ages 3-8. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 Brett's retelling, adapted from Andrew Lang, is strong and smooth. These well-heeled Scandinavian-looking bears live in a house that would put yuppy collectors of country homes and folk art to shame, and the elaborate, imaginative, and richly colored designs bear repeated viewings. Every tuft of beary fur is clear, every item of clothing is ornamented, and every article of furniture is carved, patterned, or decorated. Bear motifs are repeated throughout, including carved bear beds, handmade bear porridge bowls, and a solid bear door. Brett's use of borders continues to expand upon the storyline. Here wide woody borders in the double-page spreads contain elements of the action occuring elsewhere. They alternate with simple narrow borders in the single-page illustrations. Personality emerges nicely. The ``little, small, wee'' bear bumbles into everything, and the great huge bear is alternately gentle and gruff, but the middle-sized bear attracts little direct attention. Goldilocks is somewhat less successful. At first, her face is finely drawn, but in later pages it's a bit flattened. Overall, some readers might wish for less decorations and some imaginative space, and may be overwhelmed by the amount of detail, but Brett's fans will be delighted. Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.