Title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Author: Armand Eisen
Illustrator: Lynn Bywaters Ferris
Publisher: Ariel Books
Genre: Folk Tale
Number of Pages: 16
Pub. Date: 1987
Summary: A little girl named Goldilocks goes for a walk in the forest and comes upon a house where she enters and finds to her delight three bowls of porridge. The first one she tastes is too hot, the next too cold but the third one just right so she eats it all up. Goldilocks finds the three different size chairs where she tries them out and finds the first one too hard, the next too soft, and then the little one just right but it breaks when she sits in it. As she wonders in the home she finds three beds and tries them out. The first bed is too hard, the next too soft but the third is just right and she curls up and falls asleep. Meanwhile the owners come home who happen to be three bears, Papa, Mama and little baby bear. They discover the outcome of what Goldilocks has done to their porridge, chairs and finally their beds. Goldilocks wakes with a fright when she sees and hears the bears; she jumps from the bed and runs away as fast as she can.
Critique: This folktale tells the adventure of three bears when a little girl comes into their home while they are away. This story is definitely timeless and has been told thousands of times in many languages. It features a simple story structure and an indistinct setting, which helps it keep it’s timelessness. It’s appropriate for children of all ages and this version adds creative illustrations to complement the story.