Reviews for Three Snow Bears
Booklist Reviews 2007 September #2
In her newest book Brett transplants The Three Bears to an Arctic setting and, inspired by garb and art encountered on a visit to Nunavut, incorporates beautifully patterned furs, beadwork, carvings, and borders into her typically eye-filling illustrations. Searching for her sled dogs, young Aloo-ki comes upon an oversize igloo from which a family of particularly feral-looking polar bears have just stepped. By the time the bears return (having rescued her dogs from an ice floe), she has drunk baby bear's soup, traded her boots for baby bear's nicer ones, and fallen asleep on a pile of furs. Finding no windows through which to leap when she is discovered, she makes her escape by diving between Papa Bear's legs and sleds off, exchanging friendly waves with the bears--who evidently take the loss of the soup and the boots in good spirits. Dogs and arctic wildlife in Inuit dress frolic in flanking panels, adding even more visual energy to this cheerful icebound iteration of the familiar folktale. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2007 August #1
Brett sets the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Arctic, replacing Goldilocks with Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl who stumbles upon the snow bears' igloo while hunting for her lost dog team. After Aloo-ki samples three bowls of soup, three pairs of boots and three sleeping places, she falls asleep in Baby Bear's cozy bed. When the igloo's occupants return, a surprised Aloo-ki scrambles out of bed and past the bears to discover that they have found and rescued her dogs. Brett presents the Goldilocks story in simple prose, altering it only slightly to accommodate the Arctic setting. The stunning watercolor-and-gouache illustrations, however, provide the sense of place that the words do not. Brett creates a strikingly beautiful blue-and-gray-toned world of ice populated with thickly furred creatures and accented with Inuit motifs. The intricately detailed, multi-paneled spreads depict the snow bears rescuing Aloo-ki's dogs while Aloo-ki explores their igloo. Children and adults alike will pore over each page, relishing the richness of Brett's artwork. (Picture book. 5-9) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection - November/December 2007
Jan Brett's newest book is a retelling of the Goldilocks story with a different twist. Aloo-ki is an Inuit living in the Arctic. Her dog team of Huskies is lost when they are out on a fishing trip. As she is searching for them, she discovers an igloo, which is the home of three snow bears. The bears have gone on a walk while their food is cooling and Aloo-ki enters to explore their home. The story continues until the bears return home discovering Aloo-ki and returning her dog team. This story is a unique version of the traditional tale that children will enjoy. The illustrations are intricate and beautifully designed to accentuate the story in true Jan Brett style. The setting makes this retelling a refreshing change with new possibilities in teaching units on folktales, the Arctic, winter, or Indians. Children will enjoy reading and watching each page anticipating the next event. This is a beautifully illustrated story from a well-loved author/illustrator. Recommended. Cindy Walker, Librarian, Moore Elementary School, Houston, Texas © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 July #4
The perennially popular Brett sets this wintry spin on the Goldilocks tale in the Arctic. A polar bear family leaves its igloo for a walk to let Baby Bear's soup cool just as Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl, runs past, searching for her team of huskies, which have drifted away on an ice floe. Distracted by the aroma of the soup, Aloo-ki wanders into the igloo, and the rest is (not quite) history. Set against a background rendered as chilly blocks of ice, Brett's trademark border panels unfold the simultaneous story of the bears, who rescue the stranded dog team even as Aloo-ki makes free with their breakfast and home comforts. Kids will enjoy the variations on a nursery room standard, although the main draw is, as usual, Brett's characteristically detailed art. She pays loving attention to folkways, attiring the bears and other animals in furry parkas with geometric Inuit designs and furnishing the igloo with implements crafted in a native style. But between the frigid tones of the icy borders and the minor key of the story, the volume is narrower in its appeal than Brett's (The Mitten ) best. Ages 4-up. (Sept .) [Page 81]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 December
PreS-Gr 3-- Filled with the gorgeously detailed watercolor and gouache illustrations that distinguish her work, this Arctic version of a classic tale is pure Brett. In the wintry white world of the far north, Aloo-ki, a young Inuit girl, steps into the role of Goldilocks. Separated from her team of huskies while fishing among ice floes, she stumbles upon the three snow bears' empty igloo. She proceeds to taste their soup, try on their boots, and, as expected, sample each of their beds before falling asleep in Baby Bear's pile of cozy furs. Meanwhile, the polar bears rescue Aloo-ki's dog team and bring them back to the igloo, where they discover evidence of the intruder and quickly locate the sleeping girl. Awakened to find herself face-to-face with three huge bears, Aloo-ki rushes outdoors, gathers her huskies, and waves a thank-you before hurrying away on her sled. The plot remains true to the progression of the traditional tale and the narrative moves swiftly. Side panels depict regional fauna and help convey the action. Aloo-ki and many of the animals wear clothing inspired by Inuit designs, adding splashes of color to the snowy backdrops. This book is sure to be appreciated by the author's fans and those seeking multicultural variations on the Goldilocks story.--Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN [Page 87]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.