There was a little boy who was obsessed with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He tests his oatmeal and declares it “just right.” He finishes his oatmeal and brags on how he ate it “all up”! He knocks over chairs and says “broken to smithereens!” and he growls as a bear at an imaginary Goldilocks. (He does a really good papa bear saying, “Someone has been eating my oatmeal!”)
Yes, this is Raisin. He loves the Goldilocks story, and we’ve read more than a dozen variations of the story from the library. When I thought of Carl’s Once Upon a Time project this year (I’m not joining “challenges” so I’m renaming it to a “project”), I decided I can work “The Three Bears” into Once Upon a Time, since I’ve had it on my mind for a few months anyway.
I’m joining for the journey, so there is no “number” of fairy tales, fantasy, mythology, or folklore “required,” but I do have a few works to read or things to post about. Here is a list of my plans, in the order I may tackle them. If I only get the first on the list up before June 20, so be it. But I’m thinking this may be a fun project.
- A post on the best of the best children’s picture books about Goldilocks and the Three Bears; or, at least Raisin’s and my favorites that we’ve read. (I am of course limited by the local library.)
- Read a few Hans Christian Andersen stories and post about them. I have a lovely edition of his stories, I have a librivox audio of some of his stories on my phone, and I have a free copy of some of his stories on my kindle app. I really do want to read and write about Hans Christian Andersen! I’ve never read his stories before!
- The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. Thanks to Amanda for pointing me to this modern retelling of The Three Bears!
- Tetrascroll: A Cosmic Goldilocks and the Three Bears by R. Fuller. It’s supposedly a children’s book, but many reviewers say it’s a great philosophical book for adults too. About 130 pages, I may get to it.
- Edith Hamilton’s Mythology (a reread I’ve been meaning to get to for a very long time).
- Gilgamesh. I’ve never yet read it.
- Finish reading my son another children’s fantasy novel. We’ve started Wizard of Oz and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but neither book has interested him as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory did; with that one, he was glued to every page and begged for more each night. Any suggestions? He is only three years old, so if he’s not interested, we’ll of course just stick with picture books. He just enjoyed Charlie so much, though, I’d like to give him another fun chapter book experience.
If I do get through these, I’ll have read something in each category: fairy tale, fantasy, mythology, and folklore. I will not pressure myself, however, and if I only post on Goldilocks picture books I’ll consider the project a success.
I may also participate in the Quest on Screen by revisiting some favorite movies. Ever After, Ella Enchanted, Tangled (I haven’t seen it yet!). I don’t know when I’ll ever watch these movies, though, since my husband will have nothing to do with what he considers kids movies.
At any rate, that’s my “Once Upon a Time” plan. Are you joining in too?