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The three bears
Galdone, Paul.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Houghton Mifflin, [2001, c1972]

℗2001, ©1972
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog, Dolby processed + 1 book (32 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm)
Reading Level:
610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 32037.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 2 Quiz: 11473 Guided reading level: K.
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This familiar nursery tale features a warmly appealing bear family and a naughty, gap-toothed Goldilocks.

Author Notes

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and immigrated to the United States in 1928. Though he was also a painter and sculptor, he is best known as a writer and illustrator of children's books.

During his early career Galdone worked in the art department at Doubleday where he designed a successful book jacket. The experience led him to believe that he could make a living as a freelance illustrator. He left behind the working world of New York City when he and his wife moved to rural Rockland County, New York.

Many of Galdone's works are adaptations of fairy tales and folktales. Some of these are The House that Jack Built (1961), Cinderella (1978), and Three Aesop Fox Fables (1971). He illustrated the well-known Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars and sequels written by Ellen MacGregor. He has illustrated works by John Greenleaf Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Lear, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. During his career he illustrated over 100 books and wrote and illustrated several dozen others.

Galdone was twice runner up for the Caldecott Medal, in 1957 and 1958.

Paul Galdone died in 1986.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Captivating pictures, including a particularly effective portrayal of bears with very human qualities, make Cauley's rendition an especially rich version of the story. Brett's Scandinavian costumes, intriguing borders, and texture-rich pictures offer stiff competition, while Stevens' entertaining Goldilocks and the Three Bears is cast in a highly pleasing but slightly lighter vein. Her illustrations, though cozily detailed, are not as intense and her Goldilocks not so fiercely naughty. Galdone's The Three Bears offers roly-poly, benign-looking bruins who are definite victims of Goldilocks' excesses. As usual, this artist's pictures display a dramatic flair that will appeal to the younger end of the story's audience. Turkle offers an amusing reverse version of the story. Presented in a wordless format, this tale tells the story of a mischievous little bear who enters a human frontier family's woodland cabin to eat porridge, break the littlest chair, wreak havoc in the bedroom, and scamper away when a golden-haired girl and her parents return.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this version of Paul Galdone's retelling of the classic tale (HM, 1972), the female narrator's voice is pleasant and expressive, with different inflections for the wee bear, the middle-sized bear, and the great big bear. The tape has audible page turning signals of a bear yawning or humming on one side, and no page turning signals on the other side. A light musical background accompanies the narration. This book and cassette package will be useful in day care centers, public libraries, and primary school libraries.-Diane Balodis, Alden Intermediate School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.