I recently had the pleasure of reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to my almost-three-year-old niece Rosie. She was fascinated; couldn’t get enough of the story.
Her interest level reminds me of my own when reading Agatha Christie’s classic murder mysteries. There’s a reason she’d been outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible! Personally, I appreciate her treatment of her subject matter. I am 100% sure that if she’d used the cheap tactic of zeroing in on the grisly crimes rather than commenting on human nature through the brilliant minds and amusing personalities of those who solved them, I wouldn’t have read them.
Back to little Rose. Like Goldilocks, she lives in a house in the woods with her family. I wonder if that might make Goldilocks a little more relatable to her. In any case, she definitely found the naughtiness of this little blond literary figure pretty compelling.
My sister (her adoring mother) told me this evening that wee Rose said, “Goldilocks is naughty,” or “is Goldilocks bad?” about a million times today. I responded that it sounds like the moral of the story has sunk in and she need never fear her little daughter roaming around in strangers’ homes.
Whether solving cold-blooded murder or observing the consequences of childish lack of impulse control, good literature can take us through ‘bad’ or ‘naughty’ characters and bring us out wiser than it found us.
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