THE THREE BEARS
LITTLE Goldilocks was a pretty girl who lived once upon a
time in a far-off country.
One day she was sitting on the hearthrug playing with her
two kittens, and you would
She got up and trotted away into the wood behind her
mother's house, and it was
Now, in this wood there lived a family of three Bears.
The first was a GREAT BIG
Goldflocks stopped when she came to the Bears' house, and
began to wonder who
"I'll just look in and see," she said, and so
she did; but there was no one there, for
Goldilocks was rather hungry after her walk, and the soup
smelt so good that she
Ugh! how it burnt her mouth; it was so hot with pepper
that she did not like it at all;
When she had finished her dinner she noticed three chairs
standing by the wall. One was a Great Big Chair, and she climbed upon that and sat down.
Oh, dear! how hard it was! She was sure she could not sit there for long, so she climbed
up on the next, which was only a Middling-sized Chair, but that was too soft for her
taste; so she went on to the last, which was a Teeny Tiny Chair and suited her exactly.
It was so comfortable that she sat on and on until, if
you'll believe it, she actually sat the bottom out. Then, of course, she was comfortable
no longer, so she got up and
There was a staircase in the Bears' house, and Goldflocks
thought she would go up it and see where it led to. So up she went, and when she reached
the top she laughed outright, for the Bears' bedroom was the funniest she had ever seen.
In the middle of the room stood a Great Big Bed, on one side of it there was a
Middling-sized Bed, and on the other side there was a Teeny Tiny Bed.
Goldilocks was sleepy, so she thought she would lie down
and have a little nap. First she got upon the Great Big Bed, but it was just as hard as
the Great Big Chair had been; so she jumped off and tried the Middling-sized Bed, but it
was so soft that she
"I will try the Teeny Tiny Bed," she said, and
so she did, and it was so comfortable
Whilst she lay there, dreaming of all sorts of pleasant
things, the three Bears came
But, oh! dear me! how cross the Great Big Bear looked
when he saw his spoon had
"WHO HAS BEEN TASTING MY SOUP?" he cried, in a
Great Big Voice.
"AND WHO HAS BEEN TASTING MINE?" cried the
Middling-sized Bear, in a
"BUT WHO HAS BEEN TASTING MINE AND TASTED IT ALL
UP?" cried the poor little Teeny Tiny Bear in a Teeny Tiny Voice, with the tears
running down his Teeny Tiny Face.
When the Great Big Bear went to sit down in his Great Big
Chair, he cried out in his
And the Middling-sized Bear cried, in a Middling-sized
But the Teeny Tiny Bear cried out in a Teeny Tiny Voice
of anger :
By this time the Bears were sure that someone had been in
their house quite lately;
There was certainly no one downstairs, so they went up
the staircase to their
As soon as the Great Big Bear looked at his bed, he cried
out, in his Great Big Voice:
And the Middling-size Bear seeing that the coverlet was
all rumpled, cried out, in a
But the Teeny Tiny Bear cried out, in a Teeny Tiny Voice
Now, when the Great Big Bear began to speak, Goldilocks
dreamt that there was a
She hopped out of bed and in a second was out through the
open window. Never
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