Dusty Locks and the Three Bears
Dusty Locks and the Three Bears is a revisited classic children's
folktale ("Goldilocks and the Three Bears") with a Southwestern
twist. The story takes place in the mountains out west with a grizzly
bear family of three and a very crusty, dirty and naughty little girl
named Dusty Locks. Just as the original tale is told, this tale is woven
in the same manner. Dusty, with no regard for another's property, barges
right into the very immaculate unlocked home of the three grizzlies.
There she finds three plates of yummy beans cooling off. She makes herself
at home, tasting all that there is. Just as in the original story, Dusty
continues to check out the grizzly bears' den and finally lies down
and finally falls fast asleep. Awaken by the angry family of grizzlies,
she flies right out of the window and runs all the way home. The bears
never see her again, or they just don't recognize her after her mother
gets her all cleaned up.
Susan Lowell's use of expressive language, such as "roughneck,"
"bean rustler," and "bamboozled," helps the reader
visualize the characters and setting of the story. Use the link below
to read a personal interview with Ms. Lowell.
Randy Cecil illustrated the story of Dusty Locks and the Three Bears.
He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and now lives in Houston,
Texas. Randy Cecil uses amusing acrylic gouache illustrations in this
book to capture the soft colors of the Southwestern mountains.
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