Frontispiece: Goldy leaving home

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Title page: Three Bears reading at home
Pg. 1: Bears getting ready to depart
THE STORY OF

THE THREE BEARS

ONCE upon a time there were Three Bears, who lived
together in a house of their own, in a wood. One
of them was a Little, Small, Wee Bear, and one was a
Middle-sized Bear, and the other was a Great, Huge Bear.
They had each a pot for their porridge ; a little pot for
the Little, Small, Wee Bear ; and a middle-sized pot for
the Middle Bear, and a great pot for the Great, Huge
Pg. 2 (full color): bears outdoors
Pg. 3: similar to pg. 2, b&w

Bear. And they had each a chair to sit in ; a little chair
for the Little, Small Wee Bear ; and a middle-sized chair
for the Middle Bear, and a great chair for the Great,
Huge Bear. And they had each a bed to sleep in ; a
little bed for the Little, Small, Wee Bear ; and a middle-
sized bed for the Middle Bear, and a great bed for the
Great, Huge Bear.

Pg. 4: Mama cooking

One day, after they had made the porridge for their
breakfast, and poured it into their porridge-pots, they
walked out into the wood while the porridge was cooling,
that they might not burn their mouths by beginning too
Pg. 5 (full color): steaming porridge

Pg. 6: Baby bear romps outdoors

soon to eat it. And while they were walking, a little Girl
called Goldenlocks came to the house. First she looked in
at the window, and then she peeped in at the keyhole ;
and seeing nobody in the house, she turned the handle of
the door. The door was not fastened, because the Bears
were good Bears, who did nobody any harm, and never
suspected that anybody would harm them. So Goldenlocks
opened the door, and went in ; and well pleased she was

Pg. 7: Goldy peeks through keyhole

when she saw the porridge on the table. If she had been
a thoughtful little Girl, she would have waited till the
Bears came home, and then, perhaps, they would have
asked her to breakfast ; for they were good Bears -- a little
Pg. 8 (full color) and investigates porridge
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rough or so, as the manner of Bears is, but for all that
very good-natured and hospitable. But the porridge looked
tempting, and she set about helping herself.

So first she tasted the porridge of the Great, Huge
Bear, and that was too hot for her. And then she tasted
the porridge of the Middle Bear, and that was too cold
for her. And then she went to the porridge of the Little,
Small, Wee Bear, and tasted that; and that was neither too
hot nor too cold, but just right, and she hked it so well
that she ate it all up.

Then Goldenlocks sat down in the chair of the Great,
Huge Bear, and that was too hard for her. And then she
sat down in the chair of the Middle Bear, and that was too
soft for her. And then she sat down in the chair of the
Little, Small, Wee Bear, and that was neither too hard nor
too soft, but just right. So she seated herself in it, and
there she sat till the bottom of the chair came out, and
down she came plump upon the ground.

Then Goldenlocks went upstairs into the bed-chamber
in which the three Bears slept. And first she lay down
upon the bed of the Great, Huge Bear, but that was too
high at the head for her. And next she lay down upon
the bed of the Middle Bear, and that was too high at the
foot for her. And then she lay down upon the bed of the
Little, Small, Wee Bear; and that was neither too high at
Pg. 10: Goldy destroys a chair


the head nor at the foot, but just right. So she covered
herself up comfortably, and lay there till she fell fast asleep.

By this time the Three Bears thought their porridge
would be cool enough; so they came home to breakfast.
Now Goldenlocks had left the spoon of the Great, Huge
Bear standing in his porridge.

" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE! "

said the Great, Huge Bear, in his great, rough, gruff voice.
Pg. 11 (full color): Goldy asleep

Pg. 12(full color): and bears return

And when the Middle Bear looked at hers, she saw that
the spoon was standing in it too.

" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE! "

said the Middle Bear, in her middle voice. Then the

Pg. 13: Little Bear without porridge

Little, Small, Wee Bear looked at his, and there was the
spoon in the porridge-pot, but the porridge was all gone.

" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE, AND HAS EATEN IT ALL UP! "

said the Little, Small, Wee Bear, in his little, small, wee
voice.
Upon this the Three Bears, seeing that someone had
entered their house, and eaten up the Little, Small, Wee
Bear's breakfast, began to look about them. Now Golden-
locks had not put the hard cushion straight when she rose
from the chair of the Great, Huge Bear.

Pg. 14: Papa Bear discovering chair

" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR ! "

said the Great, Huge Bear, in his great, rough, gruff voice.
Pg. 15(full color): Baby cries over broken chair
And Goldenlocks had squatted down the soft cushion
of the Middle Bear.

" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR ! "

said the Middle Bear, in her middle voice.

And you know what Goldenlocks had done to the
third chair.
" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR, AND HAS SAT THE BOTTOM OUT OF IT! "

said the Little, Small, Wee Bear, in his httle, small, wee
voice.

Pg. 16: Mama Bear ladles more porridge for baby while Papa peers under the table
Pg. 17: Papa Bear looks through a doorway
Then the Three Bears thought it necessary that they
should make farther search ; so they went upstairs into their
bedchamber. Now Goldenlocks had pulled the pillow of
the Great, Huge Bear out of its place.

" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED ! "

said the Great, Huge Bear, in his great, rough, gruff voice.

And Goldenlocks had pulled the bolster of the Middle
Bear out of its place.
Pg. 18 (full color): Mama Bear examines her bed and quilt


" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED ! "

said the Middle Bear, in her middle voice.

And when the Little, Small, Wee Bear came to look
at his bed, there was the bolster in its place; and the
pillow in its place upon the bolster; and upon the pillow
was the head of Goldenlocks-which was not in its place,
for she had no business there.

" SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED-AND HERE SHE IS ! "

said the Little, Small, Wee Bear, in his little, small, wee
voice.

Pg. 19: Baby Bear discovers Goldy
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Goldenlocks had heard in her sleep the great, rough
gruff voice of the Great, Huge Bear, and the middle

Pg. 20:  All three bears look on as Goldy flees
voice of the Middle Bear, but it was only as if she had
heard someone speaking in a dream. But when she heard
Pg. 21 (full color): Three bears looking out window at Goldy running in the distance
the little, small, wee voice of the Little, Small, Wee Bear,
it was so sharp, and so shrill, that it awakened her at
once. Up she started; and when she saw the Three Bears
on one side of the bed she tumbled herself out at the
other, and ran to the window. Now the window was open,
because the Bears, like good, tidy Bears, as they were,
always opened their bedchamber window when they got
up in the morning. Out Goldenlocks jumped, and ran away
as fast as she could run-never looking behind her; and
what happened to her afterwards I cannot tell. But the
Three Bears never saw anything more of her.
Pg. 21:  Baby Bear models Goldy's forgotten hat
Pg. 22: Three bears comfortably asleep in their beds
Endpages: Three bears up three trees
L. Leslie Brooke. The Golden Goose and The Three Bears. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., Ltd., n.d.