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Goldilocks Returns [Hardcover]

Lisa Campbell Ernst
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May 1 2000
Thirty years after Goldilocks first met the three bears, she returns to fix up their cottage and soothe her guilty conscience.

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From Publishers Weekly

Fifty years after vandalizing the Three Bears' house, Goldilocks clearly has some issues to resolve. Nagged by guilt, she buys some groceries, straps on a tool belt and heads for "the deep, dark woods." Finding the Bears away, she replaces their steaming porridge with fat-free snacks and re-stuffs their beds ("Just as I remembered: too hard, too soft," she tsks). When the Bears return, theyAand readersAexperience profound d?j? vu. Ernst, the author of the revisionist Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale, puts a campy spin on a classic story. All the characters suffer long-term effects from their legendary first meeting; Baby Bear never left his childhood home, and "due to the fright brought on by Goldilocks, he still had a wee little voice." Ernst is at her wittiest when depicting the mild-mannered Bears, whose wide-eyed disbelief fades to glum acceptance of the unsolicited home improvements; there's also a satirical edge to the pastel palette, whose sentimental shades underline Goldi's friendly but misguided intentions. Goldilocks has grown from a curious child to a full-fledged meddler in this humorous retelling. Ages 4-8. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-An enjoyable sequel to the classic tale. Now middle-aged, Goldi has opened a locksmith shop "to help people protect themselves against snoops" and alleviate her guilt over what she did to the Bear family years ago. Still haunted by her past, she decides to visit the Bears to make amends. She finds them living exactly as before, even though Baby Bear is also now middle-aged. Goldi arrives just after the Bears have left for their morning walk and begins by installing locks on their doors (to deter intruders like herself). She then goes on to adjust the upholstery in the chairs and the beds, redecorate, and replace the Bears' unhealthy porridge with celery juice and fat-free rutabaga bars. When the Bears come home, they are more upset than ever, until the next morning when they leave for their walk and spy a young blond girl approaching their home. In the hope that she will undo Goldi's efforts, they continue merrily on their way. Ernst's cartoon-style art, done in pastel, ink, and pencil, work well and add bits of additional humor, especially in the double-page spread of the shop. Children will appreciate Goldi's attempts at repair, especially her "improvement" of the Bears' food. All in all, a solid addition to the world of fractured fairy tales.
Ellen A. Greever, University of New Orleans, LA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but grown-up Goldi is less satisfying June 3 2002
Format:Hardcover
The idea of telling "the rest of the story" of what happened to Goldilocks and the three bears is a good one, and I picked up the book with high expectations. I'm not saying the book is bad, but I felt sorry for the three bears, I didn't particularly like Goldi after what she did in the three bears' home, and I wished the bears had had a chance to speak up to Goldi to help resolve the issues that began when Goldilocks was a mischievous little girl... Goldilocks as a child was endearing; her antics in the three bears' house was not purposefully selfish or self-centered. Goldi as an adult is rather a disappointment - her attempts to "make it up" to the bears would have been more endearing, if not more amusing, if she had tried to think of what the bears would like, not what she wanted. I liked the story's ending, but felt disappointed in how Goldi and the three bears separated without so much as a word fit in edgewise from the bears. I'm sure kids who enjoyed the original Goldilocks will enjoy this, but I think it would be a good idea to discuss with the kids the idea that making up your mistakes to someone else doesn't always mean doing what you want, but it means trying to communicate with the other person and give something that the person would love - not be miserable with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing... May 24 2000
By Jo.
Format:Hardcover
As a kindergarten teacher I read this book to my school children...They liked it but that's about it. The premise is good and illustrations were suited for this age group though they were busy and didn't completely "illustrate" what the text was saying - which is one reason it would have been better for older children. The naughty little Goldilocks returns to the 3 bears home to "make up for" her wrong doings in years prior. She redecorates, places locks on the doors to keep "the likes of her" out and throws out the bears food replacing it with rutabaga bars and celery juice. Much to the bears dismay, they are not pleased. My kids did figure out the ending (I won't give it away) and it is quite clever. The humor is good, but again, it might have been better for a 6-7 year olds rather than 5 year olds as some of the humor and language relating to the humor was too subtle and "mature" for young ones to understand (although my intern and I laughed outloud). This book would be a great lesson in compare/contrast with a classic Goldilocks story or with a venn diagram in the classroom, but only for 1-2 grades (maybe even 3rd). If you're reading this outloud to a child alone, I'm sure it would have much more of an impact. I liked it overall...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Goldilocks Returns Sept. 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Goldilocks Returns was the sequel to the famous fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The sequel was al about how Goldilocks felt so bad about what she did that she changed her name and opened a lock service. One day it got too much for her that she decided to pay the three Bears a visit. When she goes to the three Bears houses there was no one there, yet she went in anyway. She immediately started fixing everything that she made wrong, but she went a little too far. I recommend this book because it was fun to read about what happened to the beloved fairytale character. It also teaches you to be careful what you do cause you might regret it, which is all lesson all ages need to learn so I recommend it for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Sequel Feb. 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is a clever sequel to the Goldilocks & the 3 Bears fairy tale. It is as much fun for the adult to read as for the children to hear. Goldilocks is now a middle aged woman who runs a store called "Goldie's Locks and Keys". She is racked with guilt for the trouble she caused the 3 bears so long ago and sets out to repair the damage she had caused. The bears aren't so enthusiastic about her return this time either. I enjoyed reading it and the illustrations are great. My 3 1/2 yr old daughter didn't catch all the inside jokes, but a 4 to 5 year old probably would.
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