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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tales Moderne: A Tale Moderne Hardcover – 1 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810989662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989665
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1 x 34 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Guarnaccia is an illustrator and designer whose stylized illustrations have appeared in many national and international magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Abitare and House & Garden. He has also designed greeting cards for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and watches for Swatch. He is the author of several books for children and adults.

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By guntha on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book to read to kids who are already familiar with the story and its traditional illustrations. The modernised version is rich in shapes, patterns, same language pattern but different phrases. I read it to 5 year olds and they loved it despite initially groaning at 'ANOTHER goldilocks book'. It stimulates questions about things that are same and different.
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Very "moderne" twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears 22 April 2011
By LonestarReader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Traditional telling but with a very "moderne" twist as the bears in this family are connoisseurs of the decorative arts and cutting edge modern design. The chair that Goldilocks breaks is a Charles&Ray Eames molded plywood LCW chair, 1946 (the end papers provide a excellent index to the bears' furniture and interior design aesthetic)

Mama Bear's chair is a Arne Jacobsen Danish Egg chair, circa 1957. The beds are Allessandro Becchi and D'Urbino Lomazzi.

Papa Bear looks like a Beat poet, Mama Bear is a bohemian while Baby Bear wears a vintage coonskin cap.

These traditional retelling are excellent read alouds. I can imagine a fun library lesson paired with photos and information about the designers and architects. More please.
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A fun and fabulous new interpretation of a timeless children's classic fairy tale 24 Jan. 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne" is a fun and fabulous new interpretation of a timeless children's classic fairy tale. In this version, the three bears are a very hip, suave, chic, sophisticated family with immense savoir-faire and startlingly modern design tastes. In a word, they are cool. So while the basic structure of the story remains unchanged, perhaps somewhat of a warning to children to respect the privacy of others' homes, the illustrations convey volumes of education in form, function and design in the artistic furnishing of the split-level home of the bears in the middle of the forest. The extremely jazzy Bears have casually scattered in their home and Italian "Anfibio" sofa (1971), Arne Jacobsen Danish "Ant" side chairs (1952-55), an Isamu Noguchi chess table (1947), an Alvar Aalto Finnish "Savoy" vase (1936), a George Nelson "Kite" clock (1953), and much more. A handy visual guide to the objects d'art is found on the front and back inner pages of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." The truly unique illustrations are created through a complex series of steps described by the artist: "I use a brush and India ink to give the line a fat, luscious quality, and to allow me to vary the line from very thin to very thick. I also use India ink to create the black background. On the back, I draw with an opaque, pastel-colored pen. I fill in areas - first outlined in black - with Winsor & Newton watercolors, which I mix to achieve the palette I want." This has resulted in a children's book that compresses artistic education and awareness into a fun and unforgettable experience. Though designed for young readers (age 3-4 and up), "Goldilocks and the Three Bears, A Tale Moderne" is sure to have appeal to the art-appreciating adult audience as well.
very hip.... 14 May 2014
By c s loke - Published on
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This was a bit of a punt but after reading it myself I recommend other books by Steven Guarnaccia. Even Adults will appreciate the detail and thought of putting a different spin on the classic tale.

AWe have bought Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs.
precious! 14 July 2013
By Charla J. Blake - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
whether you're buying for a child . or an adult designer . this book is a great one to add to the collection ... great graphics and story
Goldilocks 15 Jun. 2011
By kdhirtes - Published on
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Saw the book in an art museum book store. This is a neat book to read to your young children. Familiar story with a modern twist. Clever
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