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Goldilocks and Just One Bear    by Leigh Hodgkinson & Leila Rudge order for
Goldilocks and Just One Bear
by Leigh Hodgkinson
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here's a takeoff from the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears that will have young readers giggling from start to finish. Hopefully you remember Baby Bear from the original story. That little bear has grown up now and he accidentally wanders into the big city.

Put off by all he encounters on the city streets, the bear darts into a high-rise building to find some quiet. He takes the elevator to the 18th floor, and finds an empty apartment where he decides to find a snack and take a little snooze.

The reenactment of the original tale of Goldilocks wandering into the three bears' home now follows with some hilarious consequences. Of course, the final outcome centers on the reuniting of two famous characters who have changed quite a bit in the intervening years.

Make sure you have read the original tale to your child a few times before you share this spin-off with the youngster. If you don't, the Just One Bear version will fall a bit flat!

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