Rubia and the Three Osos (Hardcover)

By Susan Middleton Elya, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Hyperion Books, 9781423112525, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2010



The Oso family is going out for a stroll, and Rubia has her eye on their empty casita. A nice bowl of sopa, a comfortable chair, a perfecta little bed Who wouldn't want to open la puerta and come in?
This is the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, retold in a musical combination of English and Spanish, illustrated with great humor and heart by a Caldecott Honor-winning artist, and featuring a surprise ending that's downright fabuloso. Just right for bilingual families, new Spanish speakers, and anyone who likes a bueno twist on a classic.

About the Author

SUSAN MIDDLETON ELYA ( spent years teaching "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" to her beginning Spanish students, since opposites like "frio" and "caliente" helped make it easy to learn basic vocabulary. Inspired by her students, she came up with a playful retelling of the story, complete with a happy nueva ending. Susan has written numerous books for children. In her spare time, she runs an antique shop called the Polka Dot Attic in Danville, California.

MELISSA SWEET ( has illustrated more than 70 children's books, including "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" by Jen Bryant, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. When creating the mixed media paintings for Rubia and The Three Osos, Melissa was inspired by the colors and textures she saw during a trip to the American Southwest. She lives in Maine, where she makes "sopa "of all kinds.