Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!: The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear by Nancy LoewenTitle: Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!: The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear (The Other Side of the Story)
Author: Nancy Loewen
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Publication Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 24
Summary: Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks is a great book to use when doing a fairy tale unit in the classroom. After reading the traditional story, “The Three Bears”, this is a great twist of the story. It changes the perspective of the story and is now told by Baby Bear. Baby Bear and Goldilocks become best friends through this story; both enjoying things that children enjoy. They both dislike the porridge that mama bear makes them eat, they both love to jump on beds and they love to go on adventures with each other. In this book, Goldilocks is not a trouble maker. These two make the classic book have a great twist on why Baby Bear’s bed broke!
Grade Level: Kindergarten- 3rd Grade
Lexile Level: 410
GR Level: J
Teaching Ideas (with Common Core Standards):
An idea to use with this book would be to read both the original story, “The Three Bears” and then read this one after. You could have the students talk about how the point of view in the story changes and how the perspective of the story changes. After reading through both books the students could complete a venn diagram comparing and contrasting the books. You can have the students use paper to create the venn diagram or you could have them use paper plates to create the venn diagram.
RL.4.6- Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Once Upon a Time , there was a little girl called Goldilocks whose hair was the color of gold. One day, she took a walk in the woods and came to a house where three bears lived - a papa bear, a mama bear and a baby bear. The bears weren't home, but they'd left their door unlocked, and so Goldilocks came in. There were three bowls of porridge she tasted. Goldie ate Baby Bear's food, for she was hungry.
The original version of the tale tells of a badly-behaved old woman who enters the forest home of three bachelor bears whilst they are away. She sits in their chairs, eats some of their porridge , and sleeps in one of their beds. When the bears return and discover her, she wakes up, jumps out of the window, and is never seen again. The second version replaced the old woman with a little girl named Goldilocks, and the third and by far most well-known version replaced the original bear trio with Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear. What was originally a frightening oral tale became a cozy family story with only a hint of menace.
This story provides examples of:
There was once a family of bears who lived in a cozy cottage in the woods. There was a great big Papa Bear, a medium size Momma Bear, and a little tiny baby bear. One morning Mama Bear cooked them some porridge for breakfast. As the porridge was too hot to eat, the three bears decided to take a walk in the woods while it cooled. They had not been gone long when a little girl named Goldilocks came along.