The Goldilocks Quartet

Children - Picture Book
25 Pages
Reviewed on 12/10/2021
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

The beautiful, full-color illustrations will draw children into The Goldilocks Quartet and the story will keep them interested. Author Leia Barrett offers a different take on the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She takes readers on a musical journey through the house when the bears are not at home and tries their musical instruments. She introduces musical terms to broaden our horizons and reminds us of great classical composers like Mozart and Beethoven. She compares the size of 3 stringed instruments: Papa Bear’s cello was too big, Mama’s viola made a beautiful sound but still a bit too big, but Baby Bear’s violin was just right for Goldilocks. I especially love the ending “And they lived Musically Ever After.” Teachers and parents will enjoy reading this book with children and may even learn a new word or two.

The Goldilocks Quartet offers a slightly different version of the well-known tale. Author Leia Barrett adds musical instruments, classic compositions, and terminology to encourage the importance—and love—of music. Illustrator Candace Neal provides us with colorful, full-page artwork to grace each page of this children’s picture book. She manages to capture the emotion of Goldilocks while playing classical music on the violin to the flushed embarrassment of an intruder who got caught. I love how some images fill the page and others do not. The author must be a talented musician whose love of classical music spills into the story. Wouldn’t you love to see the three bears performing string instruments in a concert alongside Goldilocks? A wonderful story + beautiful, soft illustrations = successful children’s book. Public libraries and school libraries will benefit from this new musical version of a classic story.