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Goldilocks and the Six Simple Machines, written by Lois Wickstrom and illustrated by Nicole Hehn, is a children’s short story about six machines that help the Bear family with needs within their home. All of the Bears were gentle and appreciated the help of Goldilocks with items in the house. Daddy Bear did a wonderful job of remaining calm when he realized someone had fixed the porridge, the table, and the chair when he eventually found Goldilocks sleeping in the bed. Goldilocks was also able to help the baby bear to hang his flag, using a pulley to get the flag to the top of the flagpole.
The message in this short story is simple and offers the opportunity for children to relate to the main character of Goldilocks when she helps the Bear family by fixing things in the house. The story has a familiar feel and teaches small children that everyone can be helpful when trying to get things done. Goldilocks being caring is also a positive point in the story because she offers the idea of leaving things in a better condition than when she arrived. The most important part of this story is that friends can sometimes help with things that both big and small people can’t do. This is the perfect children’s short story because it teaches children patience and appreciation for new friends.