Sunday, March 6, 2011

So You Think You Know the Story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears...Think Again

I have been reading many different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears  in class this week. The children always listen with great interest and enthusiasm as I present each version of the story. They never get tired of hearing it and many love the predictability of each one. Each story has unique vocabulary and this provides a wonderful opportunity to compare and contrast different versions. Here are a few of my favorites:

This is a much more modern version of the story and you will notice that Goldilocks does not have curly hair. I wonder if she decided to straighten her hair? You will love the illustrations and the rich vocabulary in this story.

Now come the less traditional tales that you might not know about:

I adore this version. Papa Bear never gets around to fixing Baby Bear's chair (sounds like my husband) so the bear family goes shopping for a new chair for him. This provides you with an amazing opportunity to talk about describing words and to have children draw a picture of a chair they would love to have. The story ends with a twist and a gift from Goldilocks!

This is a little more sophisticated but hilarious. Read it ahead of time so you can simplify it for young children. It reminds all of us not to do things we might regret later. You can have rich conversations using this book but you may need to read it over several days.

 Jan Brett changes the setting for this version and for those of you who did Artic animals with your little ones, this is the perfect version for making connections to that learning.Goldilocks is an Inuit girl .The illustrations are gorgeous and typical of Jan Brett's wonderful work. I have not read this to my class yet but it is certainly on my list.  


Kelli said...

Another version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is Goldisocks and the Three Libearian. Great book. Teaches about good fit books for kids when they are trying to select books on their levels.

apruitt said...

My favorite version is Somebody And The Three Blairs. A bear is the naughty visitor in this story. I read both versions to my class and we make a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two stories.

Our Life in Wyoming said...

another awesome version is "Beware of the Bears" It has a great twist at the end and is a great tie in for social studies :)