Prather's Picks: “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians” a new twist on an old tale

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It’s always a treat to find the retelling of a classic fairy tale.

This week’s picture book for children of all ages is an example. “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians” was written by Jackie Mims Hopkins and illustrated by John Manders.

As with the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” the bears in this book live in the forest, but they aren’t just any ordinary bears. They love books.

In fact, Papa bear is a public libearian, Mamma bear is a school libearian and even Baby bear has libearian aspirations. He’s a libearian-in-training at the Grizz Lee Preschool.

The other character in the book is Goldie Socks, named because she wears golden-colored socks inside her white tennis shoes. Goldie’s braided hair is the same color as her socks.

One morning Goldie Socks is headed for school, but she’s running late so she takes a shortcut through the forest. And that’s when she finds a cottage of unusual design.

The cottage appears to be made of books. The top part of the building is made from two books that are opened up and then turned upside down. A larger book makes up the main body of the cottage, and the smaller one covers the entryway.

Other books are stacked up to make the sides.

The bears aren’t the only ones to love books. So does Goldie Socks. She’s so intrigued by the book cottage that she walks right up on the book step and knocks on the door. The door opens a little bit, and Goldie peeks inside.

She sees shelves filled with books.

Goldie Socks knows that she shouldn’t go inside the house, but she can’t help herself. She has to get a better look at the books.

First, she pulls out a book that’s big — too big. Then, she finds a book that’s too little. Finally, Goldie finds a book that’s just right.

Continuing in this “Goldilocks’ manner, Goldie Socks explores books and furniture until she finds what’s just right. And that’s when the three bears come home in their little blue car. Right away, they notice that “somebody’s” been in their libeary house. The ending of the book will have readers of every age smiling.

Jackie Mims Hopkins has been in elementary education for more than 25 years. She has written several books, including “The Shelf Elf.”

John Manders was named Outstanding Illustrator/Author of the Pennsylvania Librarian’s Association in 2006.

“Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians” is a very imaginative and fun book. It was published by Upstart Books (2007).

It can be found at the Moffat County Library.

Copyright Diane Prather, 2010.

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