Santa Claus and the Three Bears

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Santa Claus and the Three Bears
by Maria Modugno, illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
Harper, 2013

Based on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this delightful story stays true to the original story, adapting it perfectly to fit Santa and the Christmas holidays.  While the author weaves in a few fresh ideas, it feels like an original story, not an adaptation.  Rendered in watercolor and gouache, the characters draw in the readers into the humorous tension.

While I generally include a summary of the story, it did not seem necessary for this classic.  Children will delight in discovering the similarities and differences between the two storylines.  Santa Claus and the Three Bears is a book that deserves a place on the shelf with the family’s Christmas classics.

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