Rubia and the Three Osos

A Tale That Blends English and Spanish


By Susan Middleton Elya

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

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A unique and humorous retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" that includes Spanish words woven throughout and a fabuloso ending, illustrated by a Caldecott Honor-winning artist.

The Oso family is going out for a stroll, and Rubia has her eye on their empty casita. A nice bowl of sopa, a comfortable chair, a perfecta little bed. Who wouldn't want to open la puerta and come in? Just right for bilingual families, new Spanish speakers, and anyone who likes a bueno twist on a classic.
This funny fairy-tale retelling includes a glossary of Spanish words used in the book.

  • *"Elya's verse doesn't miss a beat as she delivers a playful...Spanish-inflected retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.... Sweet's mixed-media artwork amplifies the characters' delight, anger, and guilt, and Elya's pitch-perfect verse will have readers clamoring for seconds." 
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "It's hard to imagine that there could be a fresh take on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but here it is.... Sweet's imaginative, colorful illustrations...add a great deal to the book's charm and sparkle, and place it on par with other good retellings..."
  • "This "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" retelling includes a revamped happy ending.... The jolly text...includes a smattering of Spanish words [and] Sweet's watercolor and mixed-media illustrations showing the Bears' comfy home are amusing."
    Horn Book
  • "The perennially popular "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" assumes a Spanish accent in this contemporary retelling. Framed in clever rhyming text, the familiar classic introduces Spanish words to change the flavor of the tale and humorously teach young readers basic Spanish vocabulary. All pedagogy should be this palatable."

On Sale
Sep 5, 2023
Page Count
40 pages

Susan Middleton Elya

About the Author

Susan Middleton Elya is the author of 29 picture books, including the award-winning titles of Home at Last, Little Roja Riding Hood, La Princesa and the Pea, and La Madre Goose. She also wrote the Say Hola to Spanish series and the Eight Animalsseries, plus many more. She lives in Northern California with her daughter, three dogs, and a bunch of books.

Melissa Sweet has illustrated many award–winning picture books, including two Caldecott honors for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, both by Jen Bryant. She is the author and illustrator of Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade which garnered the Cook Prize for STEM picture books, as well as Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, a New York Times bestseller. Her most recent book is How To Write A Poem by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido. In addition to working on books, Melissa is studying to become a Maine Naturalist. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Portland, Maine.

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