Goldilocks And The Three Bears – Robert Southey

The Goldilocks and the Three Bears story is one of the most famous fairy tales in the world. It has been told and retold millions of times and has been translated into dozens of languages – You can download a free copy of one of the later versions of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears PDF by clicking the button below.

The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears was first formally published by an English poet by the name of Robert Southey in 1837, although the original fairy tale dates way further back. In fact, there is an earlier version of the story that was handwritten by Eleanor Mure in 1813, which she gave to her nephew in the form of a handmade book.

In Robert Southey’s original story, Goldilocks is an old woman rather than a young girl. The story was later updated by Joseph Cundall making Goldilocks a young, pretty girl as we know the story today.

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Title: Goldilocks And The Three Bears

Author: Robert Southey

Published: 1837

Pages: 4

Format: A4 PDF

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Some Fun FAQs About Goldilocks And The Three Bears

What Is The Moral Of The Goldilocks And The Three Bears story?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears teaches that it is always important to respect other people’s property and possessions. By entering someone else’s home, you are their guest, and you should be respectful of that. Children can be taught about this concept by asking them to imagine themselves as the family of bears and how they would feel if someone used their things without being invited.

Did The Three Bears Eat Goldilocks?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been around for decades, and long before it was published there were a couple of variations to the story.

In one story, Goldilocks was an old woman rather than a young girl. And the bears weren’t a family but rather just friends.

In some versions of the story, Goldilocks is eaten up by the three bears. In Eleanor Mure’s version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the bears try to burn her and even drown her! They eventually end up impaling her on the steeple of St Paul’s Cathedral. The Toronto Public Library has a digitized copy of Eleanor Mure’s version which you can download for free.

What Crimes Did Goldilocks Commit?

It can be said that if Goldilocks were charged for her crimes today she would be held on three criminal charges:

  • Breaking and Entering
  • Theft
  • Destruction of Property

Goldilocks and The Three Bears Movies

There have been many animated short movies dedicated to Goldilocks and the three bears. In 1939 MGM Studios created this very cute short movie that is still loved today!

Goldilocks and The Three Bears (1939)

Summary of Goldilocks And The Three Bears

(Spoiler Alert!)

The Goldilocks and the Three Bears story is about a girl called Goldilocks who comes across a beautiful little house in the forest one day when she is out picking flowers in the forest. Because she is tired and thirsty, she hopes that she will be able to rest and get something to drink at the house. She doesn’t realize that the house belongs to three bears who have gone for a walk in the forest while their porridge cools.

She knocks at the door but no one answers so she eventually goes inside. There she finds three chairs – one big, one medium-sized, and one small. She also sees three bowls of porridge, again, one big, one medium-sized, and one small.

She decides to sit and wait for the owners of the house to come back so she sits in the first chair big chair but finds that the cushion is too soft. She then sits on the medium-sized chair but the chair is too hard. She then sits on the small chair and it is perfect!

After sitting for a while Goldilocks becomes curious about the food. She decides to taste it but the first big bowl is too hot. The medium-sized bowl is too cold but the porridge in the third bowl was just perfect. In fact, it tastes so good that she ends up tasting it and tasting it until it was completely gone!

After eating such a delicious meal goldilocks becomes very tired so she goes upstairs and there she finds three beds. One big one, one medium-sized one, and one small one. Just like the chairs, both the big and the medium-sized beds aren’t comfortable but the little one is just right so she lies down on it and falls asleep.

Just then, the three bears arrive home, and they quickly notice that someone has been sitting in their chairs and eating their porridge! They go upstairs to investigate, and there they find Goldilocks fast asleep in the little bear’s bed!

When Goldilocks hears them talking she wakes up and jumps out the window and quickly runs away vowing never to go into the forest again. The little bear is sad because he had always wanted a little girl to play with.


Goldilocks and The Three Bears is a classic children’s bedtime story that is still just as popular today as it was when it was originally told and published.

Although the earlier versions of the story are not very family-friendly with Goldilocks meeting a few nasty ends, the latest versions are wonderful and they help to teach children about being respectful of other people and their possessions.

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