This Thursday I want to share with you Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Rubia and the Three Osos takes a fun spin on the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The storyline is similar, but the book is told bilingually! English is the primary language, but there are many Spanish words integrated throughout the book.
This book could be used in a classroom with many Spanish-speaking children to make a classic English fairytale more understandable and accessible. Also, with the inclusion of a glossary of Spanish words, this book could be used by English-speakers as a way to begin learning some Spanish words as well.
Along with the lingual use, children would love the illustrations! Melissa Sweet uses bright water colors and mixed-media collages to modernize this traditional tale. Anyone familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be surprised (and pleased) with the cute and unexpected ending to Rubia and the Three Osos.