Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Bedtime Story12 min story
Once upon a time there lived a little girl whose name was Goldilocks. That was because curls or “locks” of golden hair ran down the girl’s head. Goldilocks lived in a house at the edge of the woods.
One morning Goldilocks was out for a walk when she saw a beautiful bird. She watched the bird but it flew away. She followed the bird this way and that way. It went right into the woods, where her mother had said many times she must never go. But Goldilocks didn’t think of that.
Deeper and deeper into the woods she walked. At last the bird flew very high into the sky and vanished. Goldilocks looked around. That is when she knew she was lost.
But there was a house, not far away. “I wonder who lives there,” Goldilocks said, “so far in the woods.” She went up to the house and knocked on the door. No answer. She knocked again, but still, no answer. Goldilocks knocked a third time and the door opened.
“Since the door is already open,” said the girl, “I may as well go in.”
Mmm! Goldilocks smelled a wonderful smell. There at the table stood three steaming bowls of oatmeal. All of a sudden she knew she was very hungry.
What Goldilocks did not know is that three bears lived in this house. That very morning, the three bears had sat down to eat their oatmeal but it was too hot. So they decided to take a short walk. When they came home, they said, their meal would be perfect.
Gazing at these yummy looking bowls of oatmeal, Goldilocks said, “I am sure whoever lives here won’t mind if I take just one sip.” She sat at the first chair and took a sip from the bowl. “Ah,” she said, “it is too hot!”
She moved to the next chair and took a sip from the bowl. “Ah,” she said, “it is too cold!”
She moved to the third chair and took a sip from the bowl. “Ah,” she said, “it is just right!” And before she knew it, the oatmeal was all gone.
Goldilocks rubbed her tummy. “I am full now! I must find somewhere to sit that is more comfortable.”
She went to the living room. Three chairs were lined up in a row – a big chair, a medium-sized chair, and a wee little chair.
“I am 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.
“That 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 on the chair and it was just right. When Goldilocks leaned back a bit, the chair broke into many pieces. She fell down, right on the floor!
“Oh, no!” Goldilocks called out. All of a sudden, she felt very tired. There must be somewhere she could lie down for a short nap.
The girl saw a ladder and climbed it to an attic. There, three beds were lined up in a row – a big bed, a medium-sized bed, and a wee little bed.
“I am 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. At last the girl laid down on the wee little bed. It was just right! In a moment, Goldilocks fell fast asleep.
Just then, the three bears came home from their walk. At once, Mother Bear saw something odd. “Dear me,” she said, “why is our front door open?”
“I am quite sure it was closed it when we left for our walk,” said Father Bear.
The three bears stepped inside and looked around.
“Most odd!” said Father Bear, seeing the spoon by his bowl. “Someone has been eating my oatmeal!”
“Most odd indeed!” said Mother Bear, also seeing the spoon by her bowl. “Someone has been eating my oatmeal!”
“This is the most odd thing of all,” said Little Bear. “Someone has been eating my oatmeal and they ate it all up!”
The three bears shook their heads. They stepped into their living room.
“Do you think someone was sitting in my chair?” said Father Bear.
“I KNOW someone was sitting in my chair,” said Mother Bear, “because I can see the seat cushion pushed in.”
“I know someone was sitting in my chair, too,” said Baby Bear. “Because it’s all broken!”
The three bears were very surprised to see it. They climbed the ladder to their attic.
“Someone has been sleeping on my bed,” said Father Bear, who could see that his blankets had been moved.
“Someone has been sleeping on my bed, too,” said Mother Bear, who could also see her blankets had been moved.
“Someone has been sleeping on my bed,” said Baby Bear. “And look – she is still there!”
At that, Goldilocks awoke. The three bears loomed over her. They did not look happy.
“Oh my!” said Goldilocks, jumping up. As quick as she could, she climbed down the ladder and ran out the front door.
“Wait!” Little Bear called after her. Goldilocks stopped and turned around. Little Bear asked, “Why did you come inside our house?”
“I didn’t think–,“ said Goldilocks.
“And why did you eat up my oatmeal?” asked Little Bear.
“I didn’t think about that–,“ said Goldilocks.
“And why did you break my chair and sleep in my bed?” asked Little Bear.
“I guess I didn’t think about that, either,” said Goldilocks.
They were all silent.
Goldilocks said, “I suppose I could have waited outside your door.”
“We were coming right home,” said Mother Bear.
“We might have invited you in,” said Father Bear.
“I’m thinking about that chair,” said Goldilocks. “I guess you saw it.”
“Yes, we saw it,” said Little Bear with a frown.
“I’m good with fixing things,” said Goldilocks, “If you have glue.”
“Of course we have glue!” said Mother Bear. “What kind of bears do you think we are?”
“I’ll make it up to you!” said Goldilocks firmly. “I just don’t know what I was thinking.”
“Come on in, dear,” said Mother Bear warmly. “Let’s start over.”
“Come on in, come on in!” said Little Bear with a hop.
They all smiled and skipped together inside the Bear’s house.