Goldilocks Updated for the 21st Century
What Makes Goldie Run?
Posted: 2012-10-11 09:43:30 By: Joanne Oppenheim


Kids like Goldilocks and her break-and-enter naughtiness as well as the justice that comes in the end. It's not as dreadful as the end of the Gingerbread Boy, but there is some comeuppance for doing what she did. There's just enough suspense to hold young listeners with or without pictures and telling the story allows for plenty of hamming it up. Goldilocks and The Three Bears is often the first story children try to retell. It has a clear beginning, middle and end that children can sequence--from eating, to sitting, sleeping, and then waking with fright and flight. Indeed, even very young children can do so with just a little help and prompting.

This year Goldilock's story has been transformed into a number of brand new incarnations. You will find several funny fractured tales of the Three Bears. As always, they will appeal most to kids who really know the original and can enjoy the spoofing. We also suggest a set of puppets that will invite kids to make up their own versions of the further adventures of the well-loved Goldie and her woodland friends.



2012 Award
Goldilocks and Just One Bear
(by Leigh Hodgkinson, Candlewick $15.99 Score: )

This further adventure of Goldilocks and Baby Bear takes place in the city where a not so little Baby Bear has wandered by mistake. In a goofy adventure the tables are turned and the two classic characters rediscover each other. Sure to amuse older children who know the original tale well.   They say 3 & up, but we say old 4-5-year olds will see the connections and enjoy comparing the old and the new.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2012 Award
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
(by Mo Willems, HarperCollins $17.99 Score: )

Who better than Mo Willems can fracture the Three Bears? The laughter began with the endpapers and did not end until the last page of this delicious picturebook! I never felt more connected to Goldilocks; who knew she was a chocolaholic! So, imagine the vicarious pleasure of Goldilocks with pots full of pudding instead of porridge. Yum! Yes. This is one big funny treat to share! 4-80.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2012 Award
Goldilocks Variations
(by Allan Ahlberg/ illus Jessica Ahlberg, Candlewick $17.95 Score: )

Goldilocks seems to have been in the air this season with several new variations on the classic story. Allan Ahlberg, the creator of the Jolly Postman, has done a collection of amusing versions, one with not three but thirty-three Bears. Among the several stories is a pop-up play, one with a cottage that grows into a tall house and several other stories with pull the tab variations. This is a novelty book with some entertaining surprises for kids who know the original tale and may like making up further adventures of their own for these classic characters.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2012 Awards
The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection
(Paul Galdone, Houghton Mifflin $14.95 Score: )

Chances are you grew up with these delightful storybooks by master storyteller and Caldecott winner artist, Paul Galdone. Packaged in a boxed set, this collection of four hard covered books is a bargain and includes these favorites: The Three Bears, Three Kittens, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Little Red Hen. Another boxed collection, the Heirloom Library includes. The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Gingerbread Boy. The two sets combined give children the essential library of folktales every child should know. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on




2011 Award
North American Bear Nesting Puppets- Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
(North American Bear Co. $40 Score: ) Here's a great gift idea! The Mama Bear and Baby Bear all fit inside the big Papa Bear. The big brown Papa has Goldilocks, a finger puppet with yarn pigtails, tucked in the pocket of his red overalls. Mama is in a pink flowered dress and Baby in blue gingham checks. This wonderful set is ideal for encouraging kids to retell a familiar story in their own words. With so many puppets more than one player can take a role and help in the story telling. Just as they like rehearing a tale, they will enjoy retelling it with these props. You can also encourage them to tell the further adventures of these familiar characters. Being able to sequence the story and put it in their own words is an important pre-reading skill that develops language and recall. A good story needs a beginning, middle and end and this one has a strong storyline with room for all that someone's been eating my porridge, sitting in my chair, sleeping in my bed! Kids love the repetition and the drama is sure to get more powerful as they grow into their roles. Also available, a charming set of the 3 Pigs and the Bad Wolf from the same maker. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on


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