GOLDIE AND THE THREE BEARS
Diane Stanley, Author, Diane Stanley, Illustrator . HarperColl
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Stanley shapes an especially endearing version of this classic with numerous fresh and funny textual and visual flourishes (e.g., she establishes Goldie's interest in bears with a stuffed teddy that "she loved... with all her heart" and bear paintings on her bedroom wall; the anthropomorphic Mama Bear wears a vermilion dress and pearls, and her high-heeled slippers lie next to her elegantly carved sleigh bed). Stanley also cashes in on readers' familiarity with the tale ("It will not surprise you to learn/ that [Goldie] found three beds.../ and that one was too soft,..."). An appealing take on the character of Goldilocks and on her escapade. Ages 5-8.
Reviewed on: 08/18/2003