Books My Toddler Loves

Books My Toddler Loves

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Fairy tales retoldPosted by Max 23 Sep, 2015 01:08PM

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, illustrated by Francesca Assirelli, published by Miles Kelly

For breakfast, our daughter usually requests 'cereal with jammy bits' (cranberry wheats), 'an egg in a cup' (boiled egg in an egg cup with an elephant on it) or porridge.

Of late, porridge has been her favourite, which may be due to a new fascination with the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. This began after we read Lucy Cousins' excellent 'Yummy', a compendium of fairy tales including that of the precocious girl and the family of bears who discover her asleep in their house.

A few days later, her auntie sent her a surprise gift - a small rag-doll with golden pigtails, which she immediately named after the story's main protagonist. Over the last week we've explored a diverse range of adaptations, including the 1939 Disney animation.

A version that she loves is the delightful My Fairytime Tale edition from Miles Kelly publishers and Italian illustrator Francesca Assirelli.

The story is well told in clear, easily repeatable language, brought to life by colourful, bold illustrations and larger than life characters. Our daughter loves to point out the traditional antics of "that naughty girl" - as she eats baby bear's porridge "all up", breaks his chair and sleeps in his bed.
There are some nice touches to the book itself, such as the sparkly, bobbly butterflies, bear noses and title on its front cover, which our daughter enjoys feeling with her fingertips.

After more than 150 years of The Three Bears, as it was first known, this is a sweet, charming take on a truly classic tale.

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