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Jump at the Sun: Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Fairy Tale Classics Paperback – Aug 9 2004


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Once upon a time... . . . a little girl was called Goldilocks because of the beautiful golden beads she wore in her braided hair. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jump at the Sun: Goldilocks and the Three Bears March 14 2007
By Devette Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
This is a lovely book for a preschool aged child. It was very clever how the writer made the name Goldilocks applicable to a child of color. It has an underlying message that a child should obey their parents and be willing to do their chores.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book of morals and values May 7 2008
By Claudette - Published on Amazon.com
This was the best book I bought for my daughter. I love how the end of the story involves Goldilocks listening to her mother in regards to doing her chores, instead of the original story where she runs into the forest, leaving the Three Bears' place a mess. This special twist involves her actually staying to CLEAN UP the mess she had made. Wonderful! Better than the original story!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful!!! Better than the traditional version! July 28 2007
By P. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
This may be my favorite JATS fairy tale. The ending is a nice twist where Goldilocks learns an appropriate lesson without any scary consequences for breaking & entering the bears' cottage.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Say what?!! Strangest version of "Goldilocks" I have ever come across Dec 2 2014
By P. Heaphy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been collecting preschool versions of "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears" for a few years. As a preschool teacher, I like to compare and contrast the different styles with my class, and we act it out in small groups. I have been looking for an African American character for awhile, and was excited to come across this inexpensive paperback. [Note: Leola and the Honey Bears, by M. Rosales, is an "African American re-telling of Goldilocks and the Three bears". It has beautiful, rich illustrations but the text was much too long for a class of 3-5 year olds].

The cover shows an adorable young child, and on the first page we learn she is a rascal and often misbehaves, " but because she was so cute people always forgave her." So right off, this is not exactly a message I want children to learn. On the next page, she runs away from her mother saying, " no one can tell me what to do here!" The picture shows her nibbling on a gingerbread house, and in the background is a boy in a cage and a boiling pot of water. Clearly a play on Hansel and Gretel that some adults might find "cute" (like the adult humor in a children's movie) but confusing to a child looking at the pictures.
The story progresses S&S expected as Goldilocks tries the porridge, chairs, and beds, falling asleep in the little bears bed. The bears come home, and as they go through the transgressions, Papa Bear YELLS; Mama Bear YELLS; and Baby Bear SCREAMS.

They discover African American Goldilocks in bed and Papa Bear yells "you are going to fix everything you broke in this house!". So the Bears enjoy their food while Golidlocks proceeds to "varnish, fluff, and mend... And make their beds". The picture shows the bear family eating while through the door frame the maid...Errr, Goldilocks, fluffs a pillow.

"After that, they escorted her all the way to her home and told her never to return to" their [gated community]....errrr, forest.

I know some will think I am being too politically correct, or stretching this too far, especially as this version is published by a label called "Jump at the Sun" , dedicated to celebrating African American heritage. Maybe I am. But the connection of Goldilocks as troublemaker/ maid/slave was obvious immediately to the other adults I work with, and we unanimously agreed it would not be appropriate to read.

I AM curious about the other tales by Jump at the Sun, to see if they are equally blatant. If you want a diverse variation of Goldilocks, beside the one I mentioned above, I would suggest The 3 Snow Bears by Jan Brett, Deep In The Forest by B. Turkle (wordless), or Goldilocks by R. Sanderson gclassic, golden haired Goldi, who is invited at the end to have breakfast with the bears).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book! June 5 2007
By Tassie Collins - Published on Amazon.com
I really liked this book for my children! The drawings are beautiful and I loved that the bears made Goldilocks clean up her mess and then they walked her home. I highly recommend this and am buying a second copy for my son's class.


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