Goldilocks Syndrome & Leaving Never Land

Awhile back I read a book to a group of first graders called Me and You. It is an interesting take on the story of “Goldilocks and The Three Bears.” It is part sweet, traditional children’s story and part urban wordless graphic novel. The paradigm is quite interesting. The story line pretty much runs true to the old tale except on every page you encounter images of an isolated, lonely girl living in a black and white world with only her golden hair to grace each image with color. As she walks alone down secluded streets and graffiti lined alleys during a rain storm you begin to feel a sort of empathy for a girl who by all other accounts is little more than a trespasser and thief. When I asked this group of students why they thought she entered someone’s house without permission to eat their food and sleep in their bed they concluded that she was poor and homeless. This isn’t really a side of Goldilocks that we often engage but the illustrations in this book certainly lend themselves to view Goldie in this light. Perhaps the adorable bear family wasn’t victimized in the way we have all come to believe, perhaps Goldie is the true victim – poor, destitute and in search of a home by any means available to her.
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