Thursday, 14 March 2013

Picture Books The Three Bears (Sort Of)

NZ Writer and Illustrator
Yvonne Morrison, illustrated by Donovan Bixley
The Three Bears (Sort Of)
Scholastic NZ 2013        $19.50pb   32pages
ISBN 978 1 7754 3068 1

Themes: Fairy tales (adapted) Funny stories

The narrator is telling the story of the three bears absolutely straight but is constantly interrupted by the listener who must be a bright, cynical and rather tiresome child.
 Why is the Mummy Bear cooking it? (The porridge). Wouldn’t bears just eat the oats raw? Are you saying this (broken) chair could support the weight of a baby grizzly bear – probably about 60 kilos – but not the weight of a 30-kilogramn girl? Come on! This is lots of fun especially for children who really know the old fairy tales. Sadly, of course, many arrive at school nowadays without having heard any of them! I can see this going down well with many secondary school age students.
Preschool up/ Age 4 up


Adele Jackson has created the wonderful paper cut banner heading for this blog that you will see above and which  Fifi Colston has just kindly installed for me.  If you like it I hope you will say so!!



  1. Congratulations Barbara (and Adele). A great looking site. Will now be on my must read list.

  2. We LOVE Adele's banner. Anyone else who wants her to make them something groovy can get hold of her at Super duper designer and illustrator.
    Glad you've got everything up and working well Barbara, looking very good.

    1. Thank you very much - there is I fear a way to go but thanks to good friends and colleagues we are getting there. (Thank you Maureen for all the great ideas this morning...)

  3. My boys went to the Wgtn Central Library reading and breakfast of 'The Three Bears (Sort Of)' and loved it. They instantly borrowed the book and had Nanny reading it to them that afternoon, and making sure she read it correctly ... ie just like the "story teller at breakfast"