Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Listen to Goldilocks and the Three Bears while you read along! 

Part 1: A Girl Named Goldilocks

Once upon a time a girl named Goldilocks lived in a house at the edge of the woods. In those days curls of hair were called "locks."  She was "Goldilocks" because golden hair ran down her head and shoulders.   

One morning Goldilocks was out for a walk when a beautiful bird flew in front of her.  When the bird flew into the woods, she followed it.  Her mother had said many times she must never go into the woods.  But Goldilocks didn’t think of that.

Deeper and deeper into the woods she followed that bird. But then - where did it go?  It was nowhere to be seen.  Goldilocks looked around.  And then she knew the truth.  She was lost.  

But a house was not far away.  “I wonder who lives so deep in the woods," she thought.  

Part 2: The House

She knocked on the door.  No answer.  She knocked again.  Still no answer.  Goldilocks knocked a third time, and this time the door opened. But no one was behind the door.  

“Well, the door is already open,” said the girl. “I may as well go in.”

Goldilocks smelled a wonderful smell. On the table were three steaming bowls of oatmeal.  All of a sudden she realized how very hungry she was.

What Goldilocks did not know is that three bears lived in the house.  In fact, that very morning the three bears had sat down to their bowls of oatmeal but the cereal was too hot.  So they had decided to take a short walk.  They said to each other, "By the time we return home our oatmeal will be perfect."

Gazing at the steaming bowls of oatmeal, Goldilocks thought, “I'm sure whoever lives here won’t mind if I take just one sip.” She sat at the first chair and took a sip.  “Ah!” she said, “it is too hot.”

She moved to the second bowl and took a sip.  “Ah!” she said, “it is too cold.”

She moved to the third bowl and took a sip.  “This is just right!” Before she knew it, the oatmeal was all gone.  

Goldilocks rubbed her tummy.  “I'm full! Where can I sit that will be cozy?”  

She went to the living room.  Three chairs were lined up in a row – one big chair, one medium-sized chair, and a wee little chair.


"Where can I sit that will be cozy?"


“I'm sure whoever lives here will not mind if I sit on just one chair,” said Goldilocks. She sat on the big chair but it was too hard. 

“The next chair looks good,” said Goldilocks.  She moved to the medium-sized chair, but it was too soft.

“That wee little chair looks better,” said the girl.  She sat down on the little chair and it was perfect!  But when Goldilocks leaned back a bit, the chair broke and fell into a dozen pieces.  She plopped down on the floor.

“Oh, no!” Goldilocks wailed. Then she yawned.  Where could she lie down for a nap?

The girl noticed a ladder.  Up she climbed into an attic.  There in a row, three beds were lined up – one big bed, one medium-sized bed, and a wee little bed.  

“I'm sure whoever lives here won’t mind if I lay down for just a short nap,” she said.  She laid down on the big bed but it was too hard.  She laid down on the medium-sized bed but it was too soft.  The girl laid down on the wee little bed, and it was just right!  Before her head hit the pillow, Goldilocks was fast asleep.

Part 3: The Three Bears

Just then, the three bears came home from their walk.  "Oh, my!" said Mama Bear. “Did either of you leave the front door open?” 

“Not I,” said Papa Bear. 

"Not I," said Little Bear.

Slowly the three bears stepped inside and looked around.    

“Most odd!” said Papa Bear, seeing his spoon in his bowl.  “Someone was eating my oatmeal!”

“Most odd indeed!” said Mama Bear, also seeing her spoon in her bowl.  “Someone was eating my oatmeal!”

“This is the most odd of all!” said Little Bear.  “Someone was eating my oatmeal and they ate it all up!”


"And they ate it all up!"


The three bears were very surprised, as you can imagine.  With care, they stepped into their living room.

“Do you think someone has been sitting in my chair?” said Papa Bear.

“I know someone was sitting in my chair,” said Mama Bear, “because I can see the seat cushion is pushed down.”

“I know someone was sitting in my chair!” said Little Bear. “Because it broke!”

The three bears could not believe this!  They climbed the ladder to their attic.  

“Someone has been sleeping on my bed,” said Papa Bear, who could see that his blankets were moved.

“Someone was sleeping on my bed, too,” said Mama Bear, who could also see that her blankets were moved.

“Someone was sleeping on my bed,” said Little Bear. “And look - there she is!”

Goldilocks bolted awake.  Three bears were looming over her, and they did not look happy.

Part 4: A Fresh Start

“Oh my!” said Goldilocks, jumping out of bed.  As quick as she could, she climbed down the ladder and ran out the front door.

Little Bear chased after her.  "Wait, please!"

Goldilocks stopped.  She turned around. 

"Tell me," said Little Bear, “Why did you come inside our house?”


Goldilocks stopped.  She turned around.


“I guess I didn’t think–,“ said Goldilocks. 

“Why did you eat my oatmeal?” said Little Bear.

“I guess I didn’t think–,“ said Goldilocks.

“And why did you break my chair and sleep in my bed?” said Little Bear.

“I guess I didn’t think about that, either,” said Goldilocks.

They were both quiet.

Goldilocks said, “I suppose I could have waited outside your door.”

“We were coming right home,” said Mama Bear.  "We might have invited you in, if we knew you were hungry."


"I suppose I could have waited outside your door."


“I’m sorry about the chair,” said Goldilocks.  “It broke.”

"We know," said Mama Bear with a frown.

“I’m good at fixing things,” said Goldilocks, “If you have glue.”

“Of course we have glue,” said Papa Bear. “What kind of bears do you think we are?”

“I promise, I will make it up to you!” said Goldilocks. 

“Come on in then, dear,” said Mama Bear. 

“We'll start over,” said Papa Bear with a nod.

“Come in, come in!” said Little Bear, jumping up and down.

"Okay, I'm coming!" said Goldilocks.  

With smiles, they all skipped together inside the Bear’s house.


Posted in Bedtime Stories, Classroom Challenges, Respect.


  1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears inspires us to respect others’ property and boundaries, take responsibility for our actions, and treat others with kindness and respect. I liked the story and this one had a good ending. It’s like creating a bond between Goldilocks and the 3 bears at the end of the story.


  2. My grand daughter really liked the story. She made random polnts that made me happy to hear while she listened to the story.

  3. not to go into someone else’s house without their permission and also to be careful and obey parents instructions

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