You can read Joseph Jacobs' version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears on the SurLaLune website.
The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, including details of the history of the story. You may find useful information here for your Goldilocks timeline.
Different people see different moral messages in the Goldilocks and the Three Bears tale, below are a few examples.
Think about Joseph Jacob's story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which of these do you think is the main moral lesson for this story?
Respect other people's property and privacy
Don't be selfish
Look after your property
As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements. In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, these include:
Do you think this story has a good character? Remember a 'good character' does not need to be perfect, so even though Goldilocks is not very good at all she can still be seen as the likeable character in this tale.
Do you think this story has baddies? Do you think it is the three bears? They may be seen as the baddies because they scare our good character but they're really not bad, they've just had their house burgled!!
Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?
Bears who talk and live in a house are a magical element of the Goldilocks story.
OBSTACLE OR TASK
A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending. What do you think the obstacle or task is in this story?
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Do you think this version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has a happily ever after ending?
What do you think is the moral message of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story? Read some suggestions in the left hand column and then vote for the moral which you think is the main lesson of this tale. When you have voted, have a look and see what other people think.