Jump at the Sun: Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Fairy Tale Classics Paperback – Aug 9 2004
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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).
The story line is a bit stronger than what I remember the original to be, yet not harsh. There is a good message in it. It deals with selfishness, laziness, ego, manipulation etc. Yet all in a way that children will easily understand.
Well done! My 4 year old daughter loves it!
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