Goldilocks and the Three Bears


As their oatmeal cooled, the Bear family would take a leisurely walk in the forest.
As their oatmeal cooled, the Bear family would take a leisurely walk in the forest.
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There once was a family of three bears. Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and wee Baby Bear lived in a cozy cottage right in the heart of the forest. The three bears started each day in much the same way. They tidied up their comfortable home, taking special care to make their beds and fluff up their pillows just so.

Mama Bear prepared three bowls of oatmeal and set them out on the table. As their oatmeal cooled, the Bear family would take a leisurely walk in the forest pointing out the many beautiful birds and tall old trees.

One morning there was a young girl walking in the forest. She was named Goldilocks because she had ringlets of golden hair. Goldilocks had been following butterflies and wandered into the forest all by herself. She was

terribly hungry and tired.

Goldilocks was a pretty girl with bright yellow hair. She looked sweet, but she didn't act that way. Goldilocks was stubborn and selfish. She wanted her own way, all the time. Goldilocks caused all sorts of trouble, too - like when she ran away on cleaning day. That day, the trouble began at breakfast.

"I won't eat pancakes," Goldilocks told her mother. "And I certainly won't clean my room."

She walked a long time until she came across a lovely little house.
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The little girl went to lay on her bed. She felt cranky. But then, she got an idea. She would sneak out her window and run to the woods! Of course, she knew playing in the woods was against Mother's rules. "But I don't want to follow the rules," whined Goldilocks. "I want to play right now."

So, off to the woods she went.

She walked a long time until she came across a lovely little house.

"Is anyone home?" called Goldilocks. When no one answered, Goldilocks

sat patiently on the front step and waited for the owners to return.

Now, Goldilocks had forgotten her sweater that morning and the forest can be quite chilly in the spring. She waited a little while longer and then opened

the door and let herself in. She hoped that whoever lived in such a sweet little cottage would not mind if she went in to rest a bit.

Goldilocks saw three bowls of oatmeal on the table. Her stomach

began to rumble. She had also forgotten to eat breakfast that day.

I wish they would come home and offer me a bit of oatmeal, Goldilocks thought. The steam from the largest bowl tickled her nose.

She waited a little longer and then reached for a spoon.

She dipped the spoon into the largest bowl of oatmeal, that happened to belong to Papa Bear. "Oh no, this oatmeal is much too hot!" she said

dropping the spoon and making quite a mess.

She tried a bite of the middle-size bowl that belonged to Mama Bear. "And this oatmeal is much too cold," she said knocking the bowl slightly with her elbow.

She took a small taste from the smallest bowl that was set out for Baby Bear.

"This is the most perfect oatmeal ever!" she said, and she licked the bowl clean.

She walked a long time until she came across a lovely little house.

"Is anyone home?" called Goldilocks. She hoped she could rest inside awhile. When no one answered, Goldilocks opened the door. Of course, she knew she should wait for the owners to return.

"I don't want to wait," whined Goldilocks. "I will go inside right now."

This was the home of the Bear family: Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear. The bears loved their home. It had everything they needed.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Part II

Trying to get up she breaks the chair.
Trying to get up she breaks the chair.
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Below is the second part of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

The Bear Family had gone for a walk while their breakfast cooled a bit. They had made oatmeal, served in one big bowl, one middle-size bowl and one tiny little bowl.

Goldilocks saw the oatmeal and wanted some. Of course, she knew she should not eat breakfast without being asked.

"But I don't want to wait to be asked," whined Goldilocks. "I'm hungry right now." Goldilocks tried the oatmeal in the big bowl. She spit out the first bite. "Oh my, this one's too hot!" said Goldilocks. Next, she tried the oatmeal in the middle-sized bowl. She made a face. "Too cold!" said Goldilocks. She tried the

oatmeal in the tiny little bowl. "This oatmeal is just right!" said Goldilocks. She

finished the oatmeal, then licked the bowl clean.

Goldilocks felt full after eating the oatmeal. She poked her head into another room of the house and saw a cozy sitting room with three lovely chairs.

I wish they would come home so that we can sit and chat, Goldilocks thought. Perhaps I will wait here in one of these nice chairs and thank them for breakfast.

Goldilocks decided to sit in the big chair that belonged to Papa Bear.

"Oh no, this chair is much too hard!" she said.

"It's so hard, my back aches."

She took a seat in the nice middle-size chair where Mama Bear enjoyed sitting. "This chair is much too soft," Goldilocks said. She removed the pillows of the chair, but still it was not right. Goldilocks moved on to the last chair in the sitting room. It was a wee tiny rocking chair where Baby Bear loved to rock back and forth dangling his feet.

"This is the most perfect chair," Goldilocks laughed.

She, too, dangled her feet and leaned far back in the small chair. As she rocked back and forth, Goldilocks sang to herself. All the rocking and singing made her quite sleepy.

I wish they would come home and invite me to take a

little nap before helping me find my way home, Goldilocks thought lifting herself out of Baby Bear's chair.

Goldilocks tried to squeeze out of the small chair, but it seems she was stuck. She tried to stand up again, which she did, but the chair broke into pieces beneath her.

"Oh my," said Goldilocks, "I have broken the chair.

I must wait here for them to come home so that I can tell them how sorry I am."

But there was no place left for Goldilocks to sit.

She wandered through the cozy cottage and came across

a lovely room with three beds in a row.

I will lay here a moment, she thought.

Goldilocks laid on the largest bed. This is the bed where Papa Bear often dreamt of family picnics and great jars of honey.

"Oh no, this bed is much too hard," Goldilocks said.

She fluffed the pillow just so, and tried again. Still the bed was much too hard.

Goldilocks tried the middle-size bed where Mama Bear liked to rest all winter.

"This bed is too soft!" Goldilocks said. She pulled off the pillows and tried the bed again, but it still was not right.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Part III

She slept so soundly, she did not hear the Bear family come home from their walk.
She slept so soundly, she did not hear the Bear family come home from their walk.
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Below is the third part of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

There was only one more bed. Goldilocks laid down in the bed where Baby Bear napped each afternoon.

"What a perfect little bed!" said Goldilocks. "I hope that whoever sleeps in this bed will wake me when they get home and ask me to play."

Within moments, Goldilocks was dreaming of candy and adventures in the forest.

She slept so soundly, she did not hear the Bear family come home from their walk.

Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear were ready for their breakfast. When they got to the kitchen, they could not believe their eyes!

Papa looked at his big bowl of oatmeal. His spoon was dirty and there was quite a mess around his bowl. "Someone has been eating my oatmeal," said Papa Bear in his loud, rumbly voice.

Mama Bear looked at her middle-size bowl of oatmeal. Her spoon was dirty, too!

Her bowl had been bumped and some of the oatmeal had spilled. "Someone has been eating my oatmeal as well," said Mama Bear. "And that someone has left quite a mess!"

The Bear family was quite concerned.
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Papa and Mama Bear stood scratching their heads.

"Who could have done such a thing?" they both said at once.

Baby Bear went over to his bowl of oatmeal. He frowned and showed it to his parents. "Someone has been eating my oatmeal," said Baby Bear. "And whoever it was, liked it so much, there is not even a spoonful for me!"

The Bear family was quite concerned.

"Who could have done such a thing?" asked Mama Bear. "I think I need to sit down a minute."

The Bear family walked into their lovely

sitting room. Again, they were surprised.

Papa Bear stood over his chair.

"Someone has been sitting in my chair, I think!" Papa Bear said in his loud voice.

Mama Bear picked up the pillow that had been pulled from the seat. "Someone has been sitting in my chair as well. Look what a mess they have made!" she gasped. But it was Baby Bear who had the biggest surprise when he went over to his favorite rocking chair. It was broken to pieces.

"Oh my," Baby Bear cried. "Someone has been sitting in my chair and that

someone was very careless. Now I'll never be able to dangle my feet and rock

back and forth."

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Part III

Baby Bear walked slowly to his small bed.
Baby Bear walked slowly to his small bed.
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Below if the fourth part of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

Papa Bear was very worried now. "Who in the world could have done such a thing?" he asked.

"Maybe we should check the bedroom," Mama Bear suggested.

The Bear family made their way to their cozy bedroom.

"I hope that whoever it is, is not hiding under my bed!" Baby Bear said.

"Don't worry," Papa Bear said taking his paw. "We will check under your bed."

The Bear family slowly walked to their bedroom.

Papa Bear walked to his great big bed. "Someone has been sleeping in my bed and has disturbed my pillow," he said in his loud, rumbly voice.

Mama Bear looked at her middle-size bed. She gasped! She picked up the pillow that had been thrown on the floor. "Oh no, someone has been sleeping in my bed," she said impatiently. "I wish that someone would learn to pick up after themselves."

Baby Bear walked slowly to his small bed. He rubbed his eyes and leaned in more closely. He saw what was on the pillow. He saw what was under the covers. Frightened, he touched her gently to see if she was real. He ran back to his parents. "Someone has been sleeping in my bed," said Baby Bear in his wee, quiet voice.

She ran straight through the forest and home.
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"And that someone is sleeping there still!"

Until then, Goldilocks had been dreaming. Somewhere in the distance she could hear strange voices. One voice rumbled like thunder. Another voice, sounded like rain. The third voice was so soft she felt as if it touched

her. And it did!

Without opening her eyes, Goldilocks made another wish.

I wish that whoever's bed I'm in is sweet and kind, Goldilocks thought and slowly opened her eyes. She looked into three brown hairy faces with three shiny black noses.

Screaming, she leaped from the bed.

"Who are you?" asked Papa Bear in his loud, rumbly voice.

Goldilocks had jumped right out the window and by the time the Bear family leaned out for a look, Goldilocks was gone. She ran straight through the forest and home.

The Bear family would never know who she was or why she had come.

Baby Bear sometimes wished she would come back and play, even if that meant sharing his oatmeal.

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