Monday, April 2, 2012
Yours Truly, Goldilocks
Author: Alma Flor Ada
Illustrator: Leslie Tryon
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Edition: August 1, 2001
Ages 4 and up
Goldilocks, the Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Pigs, and other well-known fairy tales characters come to life in this enchanting little book.
The epistolary form used to tell the story is imaginative and very well done. Each letter is written in a different typography (hand writing) and on a different stationery, details which add to the charm of this book.
I read this book to 1st and 2nd grade students. They enjoyed the story and the illustrations very much and loved to look at the detailed map.
It is a great way to teach student about letters. But the vocabulary can be very difficult for young readers. I understand that some letters were written by the wolves, aka the "older" characters in the story, but the story is meant for children and so the humor was totally lost on them. It was however not lost on me as I had a good laugh about it.
So overall I would recommend this book, even to young children but an older audience would probably like it more. Just expect to explain quite a few words to children as they won't always understand the vocabulary.