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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderneby Steven Guarnaccia
Synopses & Reviews
When she discovers the three bears house in the woods, Goldilocks ventures in and makes herself at home. According to tradition, she sits in the chairs, samples the meal laid on the table, and takes a nap. Yet something is different in this retelling of the classic story of the girl with golden locks.
Though our heroine is the same, our bears certainly are not. These bears are hip; they have a sense of style and a love of design. Their split-level home is filled with furnishings created by an international crowd of celebrated designers, from Alvar Aalto to Charles and Ray Eames to Isamu Noguchi.
Children will delight in this long-beloved story given new life by Steven Guarnaccias stylized artwork—and may even pick up a design tip or two.
F&P Level: N
F&P Genre: TL
"This companion to Guarnaccia's The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale recasts the three bears as hipsters living in a cottage filled with 20th-century design icons. Papa Bear's chair is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh ladderback ('hard as a rock'), Mama Bear's is an Arne Jacobsen 'Egg' chair ('way too soft'), and Baby Bear's is an Eames brothers creation ('but just as she was getting cozy, the chair broke into pieces'). (These and other furnishings appear and are defined on the endpapers.) Goldilocks finds chili on the table instead of porridge, airbeds and Italian sofas instead of woodland cottage primitive, while Papa Bear sports a beret, sunglasses, and a clarinet in the hippest '50s beat style (Baby Bear, meanwhile, is never without his coonskin cap). Guarnaccia's clear-line drawings convey a gently humorous vision of mid-century life among kidney-shaped furniture and Hungarian ceramics; there's a cowboy holster slung around Baby Bear's bed and an 'Ursus' university pennant hanging on his wall. Children will be entertained (and, possibly, educated), design students will be amused, and adults will draw sighs of nostalgia. Ages 4 — 8. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Illustrations featuring elements of the modernism movement in art provide a new look at this traditional tale of Goldilocks. Includes information on designers. Full color.
Steven Guarnaccia's stylish and stylized artwork delivers bears who are hip, have a sense of style and a love of design.
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