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*Goldilocks and the Three Bears* by Gerda Muller
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
by Gerda Muller
Ages 3-7 40 pages Floris Books January 2011 Hardcover    

In Gerda Muller’s version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks is the daughter of circus performers. When she leaves the family caravan to pick flowers in the forest, she sees the cabin belonging to the three bears.

Goldilocks eats the porridge, tries out the chairs and beds as expected, but her experiences while trying out the three different sizes are unique to this story. Goldilocks discovers that the medium chair has a broken leg, and that the big and medium size bowls of porridge are too hot.

When Daddy, Mummy and Baby Bear come home from their trip in the woods, their reaction to Goldilocks’ presence changes from one of anger to one of kindness. After Daddy bear shouts, “Don’t you know that you should knock first if a door is closed?” Baby bear asks Goldilocks if she’d like more porridge. The story ends with an apology from Goldilocks and a view of the caravan travelling down the road.

Muller’s realistic illustrations depict Goldilocks as a fair-haired girl dressed in red and white. The bears raise honeybees on their land and live in a rustic cabin decorated with tree stump furniture. Everything in the house that comes in three sizes is a different color: Daddy’s belongings are green, Mummy’s are green and Baby’s are yellow.

Although this story is a little different from the original, preschoolers can still chime in with Goldilocks’ exclamation: “It’s just right.”

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