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Rubia and the Three Osos

The Oso family is going out for a stroll, and Rubia has her eye on their empty casita. A nice bowl of sopa, a comfortable chair, a perfecta little bed . . . Who wouldn't want to open la puerta and come in? A fabuloso new flavor and a happy sorpresa ending make this familiar tale all new.

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Hyperion

Honors and Awards


* selected for Texas Festival Outreach Program (700 copies given to kids)

*a 2011 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts


* 2010 Best Book Award by Oppenheim
Toy Portfolio

Publisher's Weekly starred review


"Elya's verse doesn't miss a beat as she delivers a playful slang-and Spanish-inflected retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. While the bears are out for a pre-dinner walk, Little Miss Rubia makes herself at home: "She opened la puerta and saw the fine food./ ¡Sopa!' she said. I am so in the mood!' " Rubia escapes when the bears return home, but makes amends for her bad behavior, leading Papá to tell her, "Our house es tu casa." With highlights of bright magenta, green, and orange, Sweet's mixed-media artwork amplifies the characters' delight, anger, and guilt, and Elya's pitch-perfect verse will have readers clamoring for seconds. Ages 37. (Sept.)"

Kirkus Reviews
"The perennially popular "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" assumes a Spanish accent in this contemporary retelling. Framed in clever rhyming text, the familiar classic introduces Spanish words to change the flavor of the tale and humorously teach young readers basic Spanish vocabulary. In this version, the three osos live by themselves and decide to take a stroll before dinner. While the osos are out, Rubia with curls of oro boldly trespasses into their casita , discovers their platos of sopa , finishes off bebe 's sopa , breaks bebe 's silla and falls asleep in bebe 's cama until the three osos return and chase her away. However, unlike the original Goldilocks, Rubia makes amends by taking homemade sopa to the osos along with a heartfelt lo siento. Pencil, watercolor and collage illustrations are packed with Southwest detail and rendered in fiesta colors, adding Latin flair, while the overtly comic depiction of the three osos and Rubia in her red cowgirl boots contributes to the lighthearted humor. All pedagogy should be this palatable. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"

School Library Journal
"PreS-K, A marvelous retelling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” with a lively bilingual twist. Rubia makes herself at home while the three osos go out for a stroll. Where the original story concludes with confrontation and flight, Elya’s surprise ending offers conflict resolution and friendship. The narrative includes bouncy rhythms and smoothly intersperses Spanish words into the English. This technique helps children use context to determine their meaning. The book will also help preschoolers grasp the concept of opposites while expanding their vocabularies in both languages. Spanish is printed in a purple font, and a glossary is provided in the back. The mixed-media illustrations capture the bright colors of Southwestern landscapes and designs as well as the cheerful tone of the story. Sweet also adds nice regional details, such as Rubia’s cowgirl boots and cacti scattered throughout the pictures. An excellent read-aloud for storyhours and family reading times." --Mary Landrum

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