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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Aleen Adams, illustrated by Elizabeth Haywood

Goldilocks Elizabeth Haywood & Aleen Adams Illustration ©2011 Jackson Fish Market Jackson Fish Market, LLC. 1425 Broadway #448, Seattle, WA 98122 All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. First digital edition published 2011 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data ISBN-13: 978-1-936093-58-8 There once was a girl who had a little golden curl right in the middle of her forehead. Her name was Goldilocks. One morning Goldilocks was playing behind her house when she noticed a path of pretty flowers by the edge of the woods. “Oh, what pretty flowers. I think I’ll pick some!” she said. She started picking and humming, and humming and picking. Before she knew it, she was far away from where she started and now deep in the woods. “Uh-oh! I think I’m lost. Now what am I going to do?” she cried. She was about to get weepy when she looked up and saw a pretty little cottage. She wandered over and peered in the window. It looked so warm and cozy inside! She gave a quick knock, but didn’t hear anyone answer, so she opened the door. Oh, it smelled so good inside! And by this time, she was feeling very hungry. She followed her nose into the kitchen and found a table piled high with pancakes. Pancakes! Her favorite food of all time! “I’ve never seen so many pancakes. Surely, no one will notice if I just take a small bite,” she thought to herself. The first plate had such a big stack of pancakes, she could barely get a fork into it. “This one is too tall!” She moved to the second plate and took a bite. “This one is too plain. It doesn’t even have any syrup on it!” She moved the third plate, which had a very nice short stack of pancakes with plenty of butter and syrup, just how she liked it. “Ahh, this one is just right!” And before she knew it, she had eaten the whole plate. “Uh-oh! I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. Now what am I going to do?” she said. She decided to sit down and think. The first chair she found looked like it must belong to a very large person. She could barely get into it. “This chair is too big!” She tumbled out of it and moved to the second chair, which was smaller than the first, but still quite big. “This chair is too big, too!” She plopped down to the floor and noticed a third chair. She climbed into it. “Ahhh, this chair is just right!” She sat back and decided to pretend that it was a rocking chair. She pushed off with her feet, leaned back and…C-R-A-C-K! “Uh-oh! I can’t believe I broke the chair! Now what am I going to do?” she cried. By now, Goldilocks was very tired and confused. Since she was too tired to think clearly, she decided to find a place to lie down. The first bed she found was so high, she could barely climb into it. “This bed is too hard!” she said. The second bed was smaller, but it was very soft. “This bed is too soft!” she said. The third bed she found was much more her size and very comfortable. “Ahhh, this bed is just right!” she said. And before she knew it, she was fast asleep. Just after Goldilocks nodded off to sleep, the residents of the cottage returned home. Now, who do you suppose lives in this cottage of big chairs and big beds and so many pancakes? Why, it’s a family of bears! Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and their daughter, Itsy Bitsy Bear. The family was out picking blueberries for their pancakes, because everyone knows that bears love blueberries even more than pancakes! Papa Bear was the first to reach the table. He noticed a bite missing from his pancakes. “Someone’s been eating my pancakes!” he growled. Mama Bear looked at her pancakes. “Someone’s been eating my pancakes too!” she shouted. Itsy Bitsy Bear looked at her plate and cried, “Someone’s been eating my pancakes and – they ate them all up!” They wandered into the living room, looking for the pancake eater. Papa Bear sat down in his favorite chair. “Someone’s been sitting in my chair!” he growled. Mama Bear sat in her chair. “Someone’s been in my chair, too!” she exclaimed. Itsy Bitsy Bear looked for her chair. “Someone’s been sitting in my chair and now it's all broken!” she whimpered. By this time, the bears were quite upset and decided to look upstairs for the mysterious pancake-eater and chair-breaker. Papa Bear looked in his bedroom and shouted, “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed!” Mama Bear looked at her bed and shouted, “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed!” Itsy Bitsy Bear looked in her bedroom. “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed— and she's still in it!” she shouted and jumped on top of the bed. Goldilocks awoke with a start and leapt up, very frightened. She stared at the faces of three bears staring at her. Now what do you think happened next? “Are you the one that ate our pancakes and sat in our chairs and slept in our beds?!” Papa Bear shouted. “Uhhh, yes,” said Goldilocks speaking very quietly and quickly and nervously, “I’m sorry. My name is Goldilocks. I lost my way home. Your house looked so nice and the pancakes smelled so good and I was so hungry and then I got so tired. I didn’t mean to make such a mess!” The Bear family looked at Goldilocks and then at each other. And then Papa Bear started to laugh. And then Mama Bear started to laugh. And then finally, Itsy Bitsy Bear started to laugh. “You frightened us!” said Papa Bear, chuckling. “Would you like us to help you find your way home? We know these woods very well.” Goldilocks smiled sheepishly and said, “That would be nice. Thank you. I can help you clean up downstairs. ” “That would be nice.” said Mama Bear. “But what about my pancakes?” cried Itsy Bitsy Bear. “I can make you some more, dear. Why don’t we all sit down and have a nice breakfast, and then we’ll walk Goldilocks home.” said Mama Bear. The Bear family and Goldilocks sat down for a nice breakfast together, and continued to have a good laugh about the day.