GOLDILOCKS WANDERS WAY, WAY, UP NORTH FOR ARTIC 'BEARS'.Byline: SANDRA BARRERA
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Fifteen years ago, Jan Brett, a beloved children's book author and illustrator with more than 30 million books in print, published a version of "Goldilocks gold·i·locks
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A European plant (Aster linosyris) having narrow sessile leaves and dense corymbs of small, bright yellow, discoid flower heads. and the Three Bears."
She had originally wanted to set the classic tale in the Arctic Arctic
area of constant cold. [Geography: WB, A:600]
See : Coldness
(language, music) Arctic - A real-time functional language, used for music synthesis.
["Arctic: A Functional Language for Real-Time Control", R.B. among polar bears polar bear, large white bear, Ursus maritimus, formerly Thalarctos maritimus, of the coasts of arctic North America. Polar bears usually live on drifting pack ice, but sometimes wander long distances inland. , sled dogs sled dog
Any working dog used to pull a sled carrying people and supplies across snow and ice. The breeds most commonly used are the Alaskan malamute, Laika, Samoyed, and Siberian husky. All are powerful dogs with a thick coat and high endurance. See also Eskimo dog. and the Inuit. But Brett, 57, says she was stymied by the fact that igloos were so small.
Or so she thought.
"It wasn't until after seeing this wonderful film called 'The Fast Runner' that I realized there were a lot of possibilities that I hadn't known about," says Brett, whose new book, "The Three Snow Bears," tells the story of a young Inuit girl named Aloo-ki who lets herself into the empty igloo igloo (ĭg`l) [Inuit,=house]. The Eskimos traditionally had three types of houses. home of three polar bears and, well, you know the rest.
Why do you think Goldilocks resonates so much with you?
So much a part of literature is this idea of a conduit conduit /con·du·it/ (kon´doo-it) channel.
ileal conduit the surgical anastomosis of the ureters to one end of a detached segment of ileum, the other end being used to form a stoma on the into another world. And that's just what Goldilocks is doing when she's exploring. She's curious, and that's what drives her. It also resonated because new experiences drive us as a human race, whether it's space or the ocean depth or the Arctic. We just want to see what it's like.
You did extensive research for this book, including traveling up north to the Arctic.
My husband, Joe, and I went to Bathen Island. It's so far, it's 4 1/2 hours flying by jet from Ottawa. The nearest tree is 1,000 miles from the place we went, which was 80 percent Inuit.
Why Bathen Island and not Alaska?
There was this Canadian Canadian (kənā`dēən), river, 906 mi (1,458 km) long, rising in NE New Mexico. and flowing E across N Texas and central Oklahoma into the Arkansas River in E Oklahoma. government-sponsored art center there. It's a place where Inuit people can go if they have artistic talent and make art to make money in order to stay on the land where they've always been. They drive snowmobiles ... have little houses and their children go to school. They have satellite hookups so the kids watch television. But their traditions are still very strong and intact. The thing that they like to do most is go out on the land and hunt.
Did you sketch sketch, a rapidly executed kind of pictorial note-taking. The sketch is not usually intended as an autonomous work of art, although many have been considered masterpieces in their own right. while you were up there?
We could hardly take pictures, it was so cold. The camera kept freezing. I used a lot of books, mostly on clothing, and I relied on my memory.
Was the Goldilocks character Aloo-ki modeled after somebody up there?
I know this sounds strange, but we went to a fashion show put on by this lady from Greenland. She makes things out of seal -- they're not squeamish squea·mish
a. Easily nauseated or sickened.
2. Easily shocked or disgusted.
3. Excessively fastidious or scrupulous. about using fur up there at all. One of the models was an absolutely gorgeous Inuit girl, and I used her as my model, only I made her younger. But she had this really beautiful, expressive face.
So many of your books are in school libraries, as well as in children's libraries at home. How do you manage to keep them interested?
I guess that part of my life is very vivid to me. I don't really relate to teenagers very well, (but) I relate to kids. ... I think kids are the same as they were always. I'm just writing for my 6-year-old self.
Jan Brett will be in at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, at 5 p.m. Friday, discussing and signing copies of her new book, "The Three Snow Bears." For more information about the event, call (626) 449-5320 or visit www.vromansbookstore.com.
Sandra Barrera (818) 713-3728
(1 -- 2 -- color) Author Jan Brett, inset left, is hitting the road to promote her new book, "The Three Snow Bears." She will be in Pasadena on Friday.