The following tales are
similar to the Goldilocks and the Three Bears fairy tale, AT-171: The Three Bears. I have included the English
language tales of this type which have been gathered by title by D. L.
Ashliman in his A
Guide to Folktales in the English Language. Sometimes
I include tales of other classifications when I deem them relevant to
the theme. The tales come from many cultures and are similar to the Goldilocks and the Three Bears
story in various ways. I have placed the tales in alphabetical order with
bibliographic information and links to texts of the stories if a text
is available on the internet.
Note about my adaptation of the story: Joseph Jacobs based his The Story of the Three Bears on one of the earliest literary versions of the tale by Robert Southey. This version does not feature the now familiar Goldilocks, but a little, old vagrant woman instead. For my annotated version of the tale, I have altered Jacobs' version to reflect Goldilocks by name and description instead of the little old woman. I kept the extra descriptions of the old woman's illegal and uncouth activities although many of these are usually removed in the Goldilocks variants. I wanted to keep the references for annotating. Personally, I just like these references as they portray Goldilocks as the juvenile delinquent she has always been in my view of the story. You can read more about these changes and variants on the History of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Annotations for Goldilocks and the Three Bears pages. You can read the unaltered story from Jacobs' English Fairy Tales at The Story of the Three Bears.