The story of Goldilocks and her visit to an unoccupied house of three bears has inspired a plethora of picture books, retellings, and rewritten accounts of the story. Robert Southey first recorded the folkloric story in an 1834 collection. (See Wikipedia for a rundown of the story’s history and reincarnations).
As I mentioned when I signed up for the Once Upon a Time Challenge, Raisin loves the Three Bears story. In his honor and for the OUAT challenge, I decided to search out some of the best three bears stories to share with you. I have read at least 25 picture books for this project; below are those that I found that are memorable either for the story or the illustrations, with a listing of some of the other, less memorable ones. This is post one of two.
I think it should be noted that these are my preferences and Raisin’s preferences. I also have not read each one to Raisin. I think he was starting to get burned out of Three Bears stories!
There are so very many versions out there. If you want to find your favorites, this list and the cover images on it may give you a good idea of which illustration style works for you.
Which of these have you read? Which stories of The Three Bears are your favorites? Why?
Tomorrow, I’ll have a few more all time favorite retellings. Those are more distant for the traditional story, but I’m finding I like those a lot. It’s so refreshing after all of these. (more…)