Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

As a little girl, one of my favorite stories was Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The character Goldilocks always made me giggle and then later in life I began to wonder, what on earth was she thinking? So today's #BookaDay picture book, Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson was an absolute delight. I selected the book based on Ramona Recommends: Picture Book List for Upper Grade, a free resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. This selection is under the Writing & Reading Section for mentor texts to use for helping students understand Problem and Solution. 

The story begins with a bear who is lost in the city. I absolutely love both the pictures and font used to illustrate this book. Within the pictures you see the street sign Princess Avenue and building signs such as The Three Little Pigs Bank. I recommend taking time at looking at the detail, it is really fun. The bear decides that he needs to rest and finds an uptown loft to do so. Here, he goes through a few memorable activities which lead to his nap; only to be awoken by the family that lives there. You will be surprised and thrilled to see who the loft is owned by in the ending of the story.

In the classroom, I would use this book to assist students with writing and reading skill: problem and solution. In addition, I may want to complete a compare and contrast lesson in between the stories; Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Goldilocks and Just One Bear. You could set up a Venn Diagram and help the students come up with similarities and differences between the two stories. Meeting the ELA Idaho Standard: RI.5.5 Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts; as well as Anchor Standards for Reading: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

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You can read more about my Summer Reading Challenge here and come back to read more of what I have read tomorrow! Until then...

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