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The 3 Bears and Goldilocks    by Margaret Willey & Heather M. Solomon order for
3 Bears and Goldilocks
by Margaret Willey
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

I love to revisit classic fairy tales, particularly if they are retold in a fresh manner or with a new angle or humorous twist. This retelling of Goldilocks begins with her father warning her not to stray into unfamiliar territory. If Goldilocks had listened to her father, she would not have come upon the messy, unoccupied cabin.

We see the story through the eyes of Goldilocks, who can't imagine what sort of family would live this way. Goldilocks cleans the cabin, taste-tests the porridge (after she picks out the beetles, bark and fish scales), and finally, finds the most comfortable bed and promptly takes a nap. The fairy tale ends with the bears quietly and curiously inspecting the sleeping stranger, while, of course, Goldilocks runs away to the safety of her own home.

There isn't really much new with this particular fairy tale, although it is always enjoyable to reread a classic. Perhaps the strongest aspect of this book is the illustrator's fresh take on the characters - there is a lot to observe within the detailed and vividly imagined pages.

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