The Goldilocks Variations by Allan Ahlberg (Hardback)
A classic fairy tale is wittily retold by the celebrated Allan Ahlberg, with charming illustrations by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.
Everyone knows what happened when Goldilocks met the three bears. But when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, the strange-talking Bliim, or even three little pigs, the stories end a bit differently. Lift the flaps and pull the tabs to join Goldilocks in a hilarious series of adventures, as award-winning storyteller Allan Ahlberg and his daughter, Jessica, put their own stamp on the timeless tale.
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Reading Level: 6+
"This book is adorable. It's above my 2 1/2 year old's ability to sit still through when reading the whole thing, but she loves the clever moving parts and pop-up, and I know she'll love the stories once she's 5 or 6 and can understand everything. I appreciate the dry British humor and British-isms (cheeky, buns, etc.). Thanks, Frances!!"
"Fabulous! It's recommended for children over 5 ... I read it with my over 12, and almost 11-year-old and we all loved it! It even has a book within the book, which contains a play. We all took parts in the play and did fun voices for the different characters. This was a wonderful way to keep the story-reading alive for older ages, and show them that not all "children's books" are meant for pre-readers. This will grace my bookshelves for years to come, to be read to my grandchildren someday.
In addition, we homeschool, and I was able to sneak in some teaching about "setting" and the fact that it's not just the location, but also the weather, season, lighting, sounds, smells, etc. Because of the extra book in the book (the play), I was able to clearly point out the setting through the opening stage directions, without using a textbook, definitions, or homework! Ninja-teaching!"
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