Three Bears by William Wallace Denslow

I found this beauty on Project Gutenberg. The text and illustrations are in Public Domain on author’s life + 70 years.

This book is adaptation of older version of Goldilocks and Three Bears by Denslow himself. This top American illustrator and caricaturist is now mostly known by his work on legendary series of Lyman Frank Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Here are some illustrations from his vision of Three Bears, published by G.W.Dillingham Co. Publishers (New York) in 1903:

Bubbling soup

Bubbling soup

Golden Hair at work

Golden Hair at work

 

Golden Hair and Bear playing

Golden Hair and Bear playing

 

Golden Hair's Grandmother and Bears

Golden Hair’s Grandmother and Bears

 

Three Bear and Golden Hair on ice

Three Bear and Golden Hair on ice

Papa Bear on watch

Papa Bear on watch

As you can see this fairy tale is all about fun. Golden Hair (her name is slightly different) found cottage of the bears, she cleaned and washed sme stuff, ate soome soup, than bears return and they go together to the house of Golden Hair’s Grandmother. Golden Hair teach bears to work and they became some kind of extended family.

This is very soft version, obviously full of fun and with some educational messages. If you want to know more about Goldilocks and her impressive history, you can check it here:

History of Goldilocks and Three Bears

You will be surprised how many versions of Goldilocks are available on the book shelves!

And one more Denslow’s cute picture for the road:

Goldilocks is in this version called Golden Hair

Goldilocks is in this version called Golden Hair

 

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