Byron Barton (Board Books)
Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Fairy Tales & Folklore; Book Themes: Animals, Opposites
Byron Barton, in "The Three Bears", retells the classic European folklore tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. The story begins with three bears taking a walk in the forest. While the bears are away from home, Goldilocks eats their porridge, sits in their chairs and sleeps in baby bear's bed. The story ends with Goldilocks running away from the three bears. The simplified vocabulary and the bold illustrations are well suited for toddlers and preschoolers. The picture book also teaches opposites such as hot or cold, big or small, fast or slow. "The Three Bears" is a good read aloud book.
Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Paperback)
Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Fairy Tales & Folklore; Book Theme: Animals
"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka is a funny fractured fairy tale story retold from the point of the view of the wolf. According to Alexander T. Wolf, everybody has not read the true story of the three little pigs. He claims he has only gone to the three little pigs' houses to get a cup of sugar for his dear old granny's birthday cake. He blows the first two pigs' houses down because he happens to have sneezing fits from a bad cold. The third pig says nasty words about his grandma, so he tries to knock down the pig's front door. Newspaper reporters distort the true story and frame him as a big bad wolf. Lane Smith's simple and expressive illustrations help tell a good story. This comical picture book appeals to children in kindergarten and first grade. Older kids and adults will also find it a fun story to read.