S: When Worlds Collide: Tradition Meets the West
BC: The End
FC: Dusty Locks | The Three Bears Meets
1: In the classroom, children should learn both the old and the new so that they will learn to appreciate and see how things change yet remain the same. Traditional tales remain classic because they are stories worth remembering, they never grow old and sometimes, they are simply unforgettable. After some time, the tale is retold and recreated in different ways, but the heart of the story remains the same. Children will appreciate either version of a story, enjoying all the humor and the new twists.
2: It is the heart of the story that children care about, not the minor details, such as a country girl instead of a traditional Goldilocks.
4: Young or old, the three bears have a rude intruder... | “And while they were walking, a little old Woman came to the house. She could not have been a good, honest old Woman; for first she looked in at the window, and then she peeped in at the key-hole; and seeing nobody in the house, she lifted the latch. The door not fastened, because the Bears were good Bears, who did nobody any harm, and never suspected that any body would harm them. So the little old Woman opened the door and went in. | If she had been a good little old Woman, 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 rough or so, as the manner of Bears is, but for all that very good-natured and hospitable. But she was an impudent, bad old Woman, and set about helping herself.”
5: “One day, while their red-hot beans were cooling in their three dishes, the bears went out for a walk. And just as soon as they turned their grizzly backs, something strange came blowing out of their woods. A cloud of smoke? A swarm of mosquitoes? No sirree! It was a dirty little girl. She hadn't had a bath for a month of Sundays, so everybody called her Dusty Locks. But Trouble was her middle name. That little outlaw had run away from home without stopping to kiss her mother good-bye! First Dusty Locks peeked in the bears’ window. Then she squinted through the keyhole of the cabin door. Finally she barged right straight inside. Those grizzlies were fine, upstanding, law-abiding critters, honest as the day is long, and they never locked their doorNow if the bears had been there, they would have shown true Western hospitality and said, “Sit right down and dig in!” But crusty little Dusty Locks didn't wait to be asked. | ...one is too hot, one is too cold, one is just right...
6: ...she finds the perfect seat for her bottom... | "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..."
7: ...until it comes falling through... | "But that heavy little roughneck sat the poor stool right into the ground! She kicked the pieces out of her way and stomped upstairs."
8: "The little old Woman had heard in her sleep the great, rough, gruff voice of the Great Huge Bear; but she was so fast asleep that it was no more to her than the roaring of wind or the rumbling of thunder. And she had heard the middle voice of the Middle Bear, but it was only as if she had heard some one speaking in a dream."
9: "When Dusty Locks heard the big grizzly's voice in her sleep, she dreamed of thunder and lightning. And when she heard the mama bear's voice, she dreamed of her own mother. | ...she hears the voices of the three bears with mixed reactions...
10: "But when she heard 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. Out the little old Woman jumped...the Three Bears never saw any thing more of her."
11: ...the intruder is scared off and the 3 Bears never see the intruder again. | "But when she heard the bear cub's squeak, she dreamed she had a bug in her ear, and she woke right up. And when she saw three grizzly bears staring at her, Dusty Locks was so scared that she tumbled out of bed, took a flying leap through the open window, and made tracks for home.She vamoosed so fast the dust didn't settle for a week. And the three grizzly never saw her again."
12: No matter how many times a story is told, the heart remains to be appreciated. Children will enjoy variations of a story as much as they do the original. The magic of a story is that it can be retold and recreated. That is why stories are timeless, and that is how tradition stays alive. | Goldilocks is Goldilocks and the three Bears are the three bears. | Although one may find that only one is just right for them.