Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Clearly, we are on a fairy tale romp this week. Gennady Spirin’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears is easily the most gorgeously illustrated version of this familiar tale. School Library Journal: “Spirin . . . pairs a simple, straightforward retelling with lush Renaissance costumes and elegant page designs. The bears, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, are solid, realistic creatures, revealing sharp teeth and claws. Papa and Mama Bear, generally appearing together in their fur-trimmed garments, dominate their vertical space — in contrast to their diminutive son. The setting is created with richly realized essentials: solid porridge bowls, carved chairs, ornate beds, a massive stucco and wood-trimmed dwelling . . . The creatures seem to regard their intruder more as a curiosity than a criminal; as the golden-haired child runs away down the path, they simply wave and call out their farewells.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars. See also Jan Brett‘s The Three Snow Bears for a wintery twist.

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~ by kaychubbuck on April 26, 2011.

One Response to “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”

  1. […] By the same illustrator as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Gennady Spirin and Aaron Shepard‘s The Sea King’s Daughter is a Russian version of the Little Mermaid […]

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