Do you ever wonder what happened to Goldilocks after she ran from the Three Bears’ house? What if Peter Rabbit was friends with The Three Little Pigs? Take a peek behind-the-scenes of these classic stories with the imaginative letters in Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada.
This story is told through a series of letters by familiar storybook characters, all residing in Hidden Forest. With each page turn, the stories of these beloved characters begin to intertwine. We wonder if Baby Bear will be able to go to Goldilocks’ birthday party and whether or not The Three Little Pigs will ever get to have their housewarming party. Peter Rabbit, Little Red Riding Hood, and even the Big Bad Wolf make appearances, too.
Here’s a little bit of a letter from Goldilocks to Baby Bear:
Dear Baby Bear,
Guess what? I’m having a birthday party next Sunday. I know that your mother doesn’t usually let you leave the woods, but I hope that just this once she will let you come. It will be extra special to have you there. Remember I told you about the little girl in red I saw talking to a wolf? Well, we are friends now….
If you and your kids enjoy this story, the fun correspondence continues in two equally-imaginative sequels: Yours Truly, Goldilocks and With Love, Little Red Hen. The fourth book in the Hidden Forest series features a new twist – newspapers instead of letters! All the characters from the first three books, plus some fun new faces, are featured in Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest. Each of these books make for a fairly lengthy read-aloud, so younger listeners might enjoy reading just a few letters at a time. Will that naughty wolf, Fer O’Cious (aka The Big Bad Wolf) and his cousin, Wolfy Lupus, spoil all the fun? You’ll have to read and find out!
You just can’t beat a classic, so tell us: what is your most beloved fairy tale?