By: Natasha Yim
Illustrated by: Grace Zong
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas is a Chinese New Year themed version of the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In this story, we find out that Goldy Luck is lucky because she was born in the Year of the Golden Dragon. However, Goldy never has money in her piggy bank and is always breaking things.
On Chinese New Year, her mother instructs her to take a plate of turnip cakes to share with the Chan family next door. She reluctantly leaves to visit her neighbors and knocks on the door. No one is home and with a little push on the door, Goldy falls inside her neighbors home dropping the plate of turnip cakes on the floor. Thinking it is more bad luck, Goldy searches for a broom to clean up the mess. She makes her way into the kitchen when she comes across bowls of congee or rice porridge.
The story then takes on the familiar tale of Goldilocks, except at the end, Goldy resolves to fix her bad luck and make amends with the Chan family.
This is a sweet tale to share with the family for Chinese New Year. If you are a fan of variations of Goldilocks, take a look at this story. It is reminiscent of Rubia and the Three Osos.
Don’t forget to check out the turnip cake recipe at the back of the book!
Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)