"Goldilocks and Just One Bear" by Leigh Hodgkinson is a fabulous twist on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Goldilocks is grown up and married. By happenstance, a bear gets lost in the city and ends up in her penthouse. Nobody's home.
He's hungry and looking for some nice porridge to eat. The water from the fish bowl is too soggy. The cat's meow mix is too dry and crunchy. But the toast with butter is better than nothing. The various chairs don't work until the last one -- a nice comfy bean bag. And of course, he tries and rejects all the beds until the last one.
When Goldilocks and her family arrive at the penthouse, she recognizes Baby Bear, and they have a nice reunion before Baby Bear returns, as one might expect, to his home in the woods.
It's a clever fractured fairy tale. A related classroom activity might be to have the students pick a fairy tale and write their own fractured tale. There are a plethora of fractured fairy tales to read them to prepare them for this undertaking, including "The Three Ninja Pigs," by Corey Rosen Schwartz.
Please note: This review is based on the final picture book provided by the publisher, Nosy Crow, for review purposes.
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