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The Three Snow Bears [Hardcover]

Jan Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Sept. 18 2007
Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That?s because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear?s bed.

Jan traveled to the far North to meet the Inuit people and see the amazing land where they live. Dramatic illustrations capture the shimmering ice, snow and deep blue seas of the Arctic, and when Jan adds a raven-haired Inuit girl and her appealing huskies, an endearing family of polar bears, and playful Arctic animals in the borders, the result is one of her most beautiful picture books.

The decorative Inuit patterns and clothing Jan uses throughout are sure to attract adult fans and collectors while children will want to listen to and look at this exciting version of a well-loved story over and over again.

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 Jan Brett ( is the beloved New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of many books for children.
--This text refers to the Board book edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great example of Jan Brett's work!!! March 10 2010
I bought this book because my son absolutely loves the couple of Jan Brett books that we previously owned (especially "The Mitten" and "The Gingerbread Boy"). I thought this would be a good melding of fairytale and Jan Brett's artistic talents - and I am so glad I was right!!!
While my son loves the pictures for their attention-grabbing qualities, I appreciate them for their ability to reflect Inuit culture. (I should note as a grad student in Anthropology, I get picky about how cultures are portrayed, so it really says something when I think someone has done an outstanding job, such as Jan Brett has done with the art in this book.)
Brett based this well-known "Three Bears" story in the Canadian North after living there herself for 3-years. (I think that is how long it said she lived there.) Moreover, she notes how the dress of the bears reflects traditional Inuit art's use of Northern animals dressed in Inuit-dress.
So, while it tells the "well known story", its situatedness in Canada's North provides an education to children of what life is like up there. For me this is much better for my child to learn from than a book depicting some blonde "Goldilocks" in a random forest, in the land of (Western) Folktales. And the ending fits the story... ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful Book April 14 2013
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
I love this variation on The Three Little Bears. The drawings are just gorgeous and the story gives little ones the opportunity to learn something about another culture and way of life. It's one of my son's favourites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Snow Bears (The) Dec 5 2011
Great illustrations by Jan Brett. There is the main story plus the action that goes on in the margins. Great twist to an old tale - Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Only this is a northern theme with polar bears. Fresh approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Jan Brett Book! Oct. 10 2007
By Lynn Ellingwood - Published on
It's a lot of fun looking at Jan Brett books. There are always interesting pictures full of detail and the story is light and fun. Kids of all ages tend to enjoy her books and find something in them. This book is a take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears which substitutes the Arctic for the woods and an Inuit girl for Goldilocks. Everybody is friendly and nobody gets hurt. Very sweet and cute.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, so-so story April 21 2013
By Sean - Published on
The pictures in this book are fantastic. For that reason alone, I give it two stars. Story wise, the message it presents is a bit unclear. First off, Aloo-ki decides to stop looking for her sled dogs (who are clearly in peril) and break into someone else's home. Once inside, any concern for her dogs evaporates in favor of free food, some nice new boots and a nap. When the homeowners (three bears) return having rescued her dogs, Aloo-ki escapes with her new boots and lives happily ever after.

So wait... are the bears good or bad? If good, why does Aloo-ki run? If bad, why does she happily wave goodbye? Why did she still steal the boots even thought the bears helped save her dogs? Why did she need to steal the boots when clearly she already had boots of her own? How does she go from running for her life to waving a "thank you"? Am I missing pages?

I get that this is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I get that this is intended for children and maybe I'm over-thinking this. However, I think that stories for any age group should have a clear moral message that depicts action and consequence--perhaps even more so with kid's books. The message that remains after reading this is that 1) It is okay to shirk responsibility in favor of trivial personal needs, 2) It is okay to take things from others and 3) When you take things from other people they will remain friendly and cheerful.

Great pictures and beautifully presented overall but with lazy, morally-ambiguous story telling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks! Oct. 10 2007
By Rhonda G. Widmer - Published on
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My first grade students "devoured" this book. The storyline kept them interested, while they gained new information without knowing it. I gave it as a gift to friends' young children....the adults enjoyed it as much as the "young-uns". This is another hit!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow Bears Oct. 9 2007
By Cindy A. Lee - Published on
Another wonderful book from Jan Brett. Her illustrations make the book - the story is an adorable twist on Goldilocks and The Three Bears. This book would be a wonderful addition to any child's library or a classroom library!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Brett has another winner Oct. 30 2007
By PJ Reader - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Once again Jan delivers a beautiful story and continues her gorgeous illustrations that dazzle you with details. After a couple of not so great books, Jan is back on her mark! Nice to have her back on the right track.
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