The Three Snow Bears

Jan Brett’s twist on the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is more appealing for the artwork than for the story, as, face it, you know the story already and, quite likely, so does your toddler. In this version, the little girl is Aloo-ki, the bear’s house is an igloo, and the bears eat soup rather than porridge. What makes the story interesting is the parallel narrative about the snow bears told in the pictures: while the text and the main images follow the little girl’s all too familiar misadventures, the pictures in the margins show what the bears are doing while Aloo-ki eats their soup, steals their boots, and sleeps in their beds. (James’ reaction: “She shouldn’t do that. She should give back their boots. Why isn’t the little bear angry?”) Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: three jelly jars (after a while, all Jan Brett’s pictures start to look alike).

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~ by kaychubbuck on November 12, 2010.

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