Aylesworth, Jim, reteller. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Scholastic, $15.95. ISBN: 0-439-39545-3.
|From the publisher:
Once upon a time, there lived a little girl named
Goldilocks, who was very, very good, except that sometimes she forgot
to do things that her mother told her to do. Yes she did. But worse is
when she forgets not to do what she is told not to do. For sometimes
that can lead to much more serious trouble....like what happened the
day of this story. McClintock's art, that is reminiscent of 19th
Century children's book art, perfectly compliments Aylesworth's
playful, original, and very involving rendition of the classic Three
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Aylesworth, Jim. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Illus. by Barbara McClintock. 2003. 32p. Scholastic, $15.95 (0-439-39545-3).
PreschoolGr. 2. In this spirited retelling of the familiar tale, a
feisty Goldilocks forgets "not to do things that her mother told her
not to do" and lands in trouble when she raids the three bears' house.
Printed on thick, creamy paper, McClintock's detailed,
Victorian-inspired artwork lends the story richness, while Aylesworth's
keen ear for rhythmic language makes this perfect for reading aloud. Check out the entire list.
Included on the list of School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2003
Included on Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books, 2003
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Picture Books--Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Jim Aylesworth, illus. by Barbara McClintock (Scholastic)
McClintock's Goldilocks may have the thick blonde curls
and voluminous rose-pink dress of a doll, but her untied shoelaces,
fierce eyes and predatory smile suggest a certain willfulness. The
young troublemaker's delightful contradictions come through in
Aylesworth's conversational narrative voice. Together, this team makes
this classic tale a staple for nursery shelves.
Starred Review -- The team behind The Gingerbread Man
sinks their teeth into this traditional but never dull retelling of a
classic. McClintock borrows from Tenniel and Caldecott in her intricate
ink-and-watercolor illustrations. ... A conversational voice,
delightfully fussy pictures and a recipe for 'Mama Bear's Porridge
Cookies' make for a satisfying nursery story." -- Publisher's Weekly Read the full review
Starred Review -- Aylesworth's
text is faithful to the traditional elements of the original, juicing
up the plot with folksy, conversational asides. Goldilocks, not the
bear family, is the focus of this retelling, and both author and
illustrator imbue her with plenty of spunky charm. ... At once antique
and immediate, this Goldilocks will sassily invite herself onto library
shelves everywhere. -- School Library Journal Read the full review.
room for [another] version of Goldilocks? Yes ... [this book is]
delightful and will attract [its] own audience...." -- Booklist Read the full review
turns the traditional, all-in-fun nursery tale into a coy lesson --
save for the pictures -- in doing as mother says. McClintock is ideally
suited, of course, to illustrating the core of the story: her
characterization of the Three Bears is on a par with the animal
portrayals of Wallace Tripp...." -- Horn Book
Aylesworth and the illustrator Barbara McClintock wholeheartedly hark
back to tradition in their retelling. ... Aylesworth's fine ear for
rhythm and sound (best exemplified in his sing-song rhyming alphabet
book ''Old Black Fly''), and his adept humor, are reaffirmed here...
Aylesworth's chatty version will delight the traditionalists ... " --
Sara London in "Still Eating That Porridge" in New York Times Book Review; 11/16/2003, Vol. 153 Issue 52669, p43, 0p, 1c Access to full article available to registered users (free)
"Though not straying as far from standard versions as Diane Stanley's Goldie and the Three Bears,
this new rendition gives the classic tale a fresh shot of
charm....McClintock's finely detailed illustrations have a 19th-century
feel, classic but not stiffly formal. A witty alternative to Paul
Galdone's primal version (1972)." -- Kirkus Reviews Read the full review
"... successful melding of message and story appear in an outstanding new adaptation of the well-known tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jim Aylesworth."-- quoted from "New Picture Books Are Sure to Delight" by Tara Rockacy. Arts & Entertainment Section of the Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (August 24, 2003).
new rendition of an old favorite about a feisty little girl whose
irrepressible curiosity gets her into more trouble than she's bargained
for. McClintock's classical yet witty illustrations will keep the
youngest listeners spellbound." -- Mercer Island Books "New Fall
author Jim Aylesworth offers two new gems for the read-aloud crowd,
ages 4-8. For an old favorite, try Goldilocks and the Three Bears." --
From "There's gold for children in our own backyard" by Deborah Abbott.
(October 12, 2003) Chicago Sun Times.