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The Three Bears ABC: An Alphabet Book
Contributor(s): MacCarone, Grace, Hibbert, Hollie (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0807579041     ISBN-13: 9780807579046
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2013

Annotation: "F is for Forest. While their porridge cooled, the bears walked in the forest, where they sniffed fragrant flowers." The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears meets the alphabet in this fairy-tale-meets-concept-book story. Grace Maccarone cleverly alliterates Goldilocks' tale from A to Z.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bears; Fiction.
Alphabet; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012013696
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 157929
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
"B is for bears...Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear, who were in bed"; "G is for a girl named Goldilocks." Every letter of the alphabet is represented in this faithful retelling of the classic tale. Doe-eyed, harmless-looking bears and a wild-haired blonde Goldilocks are featured in lushly colored, slightly out-of-focus illustrations. The alphabet concept does little to enhance the storytelling.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #4)

The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears gets an abecedarian twist, courtesy of Maccarone and Hibbert. Goldilocks, who has bronzed skin and wavy blonde hair, approaches the bears' home when they are away: "H is for house. Goldilocks saw the bears' happy house in the forest. I is for inside, where Goldilocks went." Ample alliteration helps underscore the alphabet concept, but Hibbert's digital illustrations are oddly soft-edged and fuzzy; it's almost like watching a 3D movie without the glasses—slightly dizzying. Despite the novel structure of this retelling, the prose has a flatness that drains the story of any real excitement, and Goldilocks's interactions with the bears provide no real surprises. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 February)

PreS-K—This is the bears story told one step at a time, using the letters of the alphabet as guides. "W is for window. Goldilocks jumped out the window. X marks the exact spot where she landed." The bright pictures are digitally made; Goldilocks has enormous hair and looks like a Disney princess, and the three bears have that wide-eyed Disney look as well. With the glut of trendy alphabets and rewritten classics, this one is mundane.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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