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The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

The Three Snow Bears (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)

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Title:The Three Snow Bears
Authors:Jan Brett
Other authors:Jan Brett (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2007), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fractured fairy tale, polar bears, picture books

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The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett (2007)



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Summary: A retelling of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears that takes place in an arctic setting with an Inuit girl named Aloo-ki. The girl is looking for her sled dogs, and while searching she finds a big igloo and enters. She finds three bowls of soup, three pairs of boots and three benches and discovers the smallest is just right for her and eats the soup, puts on the shoes and lies down for a nap. The snow bear family rescues Aloo-ki’s sled dogs on their walk and returns home to a surprise in their home. Aloo-ki wakes up to the bears runs out the igloo to find her dogs waiting outside and off she goes waving thank you to the bears.

Personal Response: This is a wonderful story that has the same storyline as Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In this particular story, Jan Brett creates characters in an arctic setting, which makes a popular story most people know, that much more interesting. I also really enjoyed seeing a very different human character in this story as she makes an Inuit girl to be the main character in the book. It allows the readers to predict the next thing that happens and the book utilizes beautiful illustrations on and around the page like the other books she writes. The main illustration and the illustrations on the border show two scenes at once, allowing the reader to make predictions, and utilize their imagination.

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This story can be used in PreK-1st grade Language Arts class to compare and contrast two stories, through using the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It is also a wonderful book to decipher the beginning, middle, and end and utilize to retell and act out the story with young students. It can also be used to connect to geography and social studies activities through making a connection to the Arctic lifestyle and learning about Arctic continents and countries. ( )
  ftakahashi | Feb 20, 2017 |
3.5 stars

This is an Inuit retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but in this case, it’s a little Inuit girl, Aloo-ki, who is looking for her dogs who floated away on a piece of ice and she stumbles upon the igloo where three snow bears live. She goes inside to investigate, while the bears are out.

3 stars for the story, 4 stars for the artwork. It’s a cute story, but one that’s been told. But, the pictures in the book are amazing. The Inuit setting is a nice change and it makes for beautiful pictures. It reminded me of some graphic novels where there is a border. The pictures in the border were following the dogs and the bears, while the main story with text followed Aloo-ki. I read my first picture book by this author last year and I am reminded of the wonderful pictures with her stories. ( )
  LibraryCin | Dec 17, 2016 |
In a setting of snow and ice, Aloo-ki’s three huskies float out to sea on an iceberg and she goes out to look for them. Meanwhile, a snow bear family decides to leave their igloo to let their soup cool before breakfast. Aloo-ki tries the three bowls and eats from the littlest bowl. She then sees three pairs of boots, of which she tries on the littlest pair. Finally, she finds a sleeping bench with fur covers and falls fast asleep in the smallest sleeping place. Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear return after they spot Aloo-ki’s dogs and save them from the current. They discover that someone has been in their igloo, and Aloo-ki awoke and burst outside to see her huskies. She waves a quick, “Thank you!” and sleds away.
  LeahAlvey | Aug 3, 2016 |
Maybe 2.5 stars, just cuz it's fun and the drawings of the costumes are pretty. Bears and foxes and ravens in parkas and boots, really? And Aloo-ki is even naughtier than Goldilocks, abandoning her dogs to satisfy her idle curiosity! And I still don't understand how porridge can be three different temperatures. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book is a fantastic read along with other versions of the three bears. It allows the readers to compare and contrast each story and build on vocabulary. It encourages the readers to think about the differences that each story can contain, yet how they might still contain connections. It requires the use of prior knowledge, memory and readings. ( )
  Erin_Holte | Apr 26, 2016 |
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Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That?s because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear?s bed.

Jan traveled to the far North to meet the Inuit people and see the amazing land where they live. Dramatic illustrations capture the shimmering ice, snow and deep blue seas of the Arctic, and when Jan adds a raven-haired Inuit girl and her appealing huskies, an endearing family of polar bears, and playful Arctic animals in the borders, the result is one of her most beautiful picture books.

The decorative Inuit patterns and clothing Jan uses throughout are sure to attract adult fans and collectors while children will want to listen to and look at this exciting version of a well-loved story over and over again.

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Retells the story of Goldilocks, set in an Inuit village and featuring a family of polar bears.

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