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Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Usborne Picture Books)

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Original questions and guidelines for philosophical discussion by Joseph LaCoste and Mikala Smith. Edited June 2020 by The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. How should we analyse this curious little tale? It’s obviously great fun in that it contains adventure, a woodland jaunt gone wrong, and talking animals – a formula for success, if ever there was one, when it comes to children’s fairy tales. But it’s hard to say what the moral is, exactly.

Briggs, Katherine Mary (2002) [1977]. British Folk Tales and Legends. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-28602-6.The Bears Return**: The Three Bears return from their walk and promptly notice the progressions in their home. You’re right, my dear,” she said in her soft, growly, middle-sized voice. “Someone’s been eating my porridge too and I’m sure the cushion on my chair has been sat on.” This is the most odd of all!” said Little Bear. “Someone has been eating my oatmeal and they ate it all up!”

Just then, the three bears came home from their walk. "Oh, my!" said Mama Bear. “Did either of you leave the front door open?” Robert Southey was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called "Lake Poets", and Poet Laureate. Although his fame tends to be eclipsed by that of his contemporaries and friends William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Southey's verse enjoys enduring popularity. Moreover, he was a prolific letter writer, literary scholar, historian and biographer. His biographies include the life and works of John Bunyan, John Wesley, William Cowper, Oliver Cromwell and Horatio Nelson. The latter has rarely been out of print since its publication in 1813 and was adapted for the screen in the 1926 British film, Nelson.

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Elms, Alan C. (July–September 1977). " "The Three Bears": Four Interpretations". The Journal of American Folklore. 90 (357): 257–273. doi: 10.2307/539519. JSTOR 539519. Most odd indeed!” said Mama Bear, also seeing her spoon in her bowl. “Someone has been eating my oatmeal!”

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