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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne

by Steven Guarnaccia

Published by Harry N. Abrams, 2000
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8109-4139-2

Ages 2 - 6

Guarnaccia's snappy narrative introduces young children to a tale familiar to their parents and care-givers and, possibly, to them, as well. His version is quite different, however. Really different. Guarnaccia's bears live in a split-level house in the forest. The bear family consists of "big burly Papa Bear" dressed in a beret, plaid shirt and sandals; medium-sized Mama Bear" attired in clothes made of designer fabrics; and "pint-sized Baby Bear," who wears relatively little. These are eclectic, very hip bears. They've furnished their home with special chairs (Eames, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Arne Jacobsen, etc.), George Nelson clocks, and other objects created for the 20th century ultra-modern home by internationally prominent designers. The children, meanwhile, are treated to the usual glee produced by Goldilocks's invasion of the bears' domain. "Gee whillikers," says Baby Bear upon finding the culprit in his bed. "Yikes," says Goldilocks, and she exits, as expected in any edition of this timeless tale. Designer objects are labeled on the end pages for the curious of any age. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature; New Editions of Old Favorites.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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