Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

Recommended Grades: 2-5

A hilarious take on the fairy tale classic, three dinosaurs decide to tidy up their house, make their beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures.  They were definitely NOT trying to set up an unsuspecting, unsupervised little girl, name Goldilocks. Of course, anything that Mo Willems touches turns to gold-(ilocks).  

Lesson Idea:  


Writers Workshop:  Read aloud Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems and discuss the similarities to the original fairy tale.  Read aloud other fractured fairy tales – fairy tales that have been retold using different characters, settings, or points of view –  like The True Story of the Three Little Pigs or The Wolf Who Cried Boy and use them as model texts in writer’s workshop.  After students have been immersed in a fractured fairy tale study, have them write their own fractured fairy tale.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins Children for review.

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